The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Diversity and Inclusion Committee is delighted to announce that applications are OPEN for the 2021 CinemaCon Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship, which aims to build a pathway to participation in NATO for people who are currently underrepresented among the association’s volunteers.

The scholarship will be awarded to up to THREE current employees of NATO member companies to cover registration, hotel, and certain travel expenses for attending CinemaCon from August 22-26, 2021 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we can only accept applications from applicants from the United States and U.S. territories.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific.

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ELIGIBILITY

The scholarship is available to applicants who are underrepresented among NATO’s volunteers and meet any or all of the following criteria: Applicants who identify as female; applicants who are 39 and younger; applicants who identify as members of racial or ethnic minority groups; applicants who identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer+; or applicants who identify as a person with a disability.

Employees of NATO member companies from the general manager level and up who did not attend CinemaCon in 2018 or 2019 are eligible to apply. Applicants must possess a minimum of two years of experience with their company.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Am I eligible to apply?

The scholarship is available to applicants who are underrepresented among NATO’s volunteers and meet any or all of the following criteria: Applicants who identify as female; applicants who are 39 and younger; applicants who identify as members of racial or ethnic minority groups; applicants who identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer+; or applicants who identify as a person with a disability.

Employees of NATO member companies from the general manager level and up who did not attend CinemaCon in 2018 or 2019 are eligible to apply (you must not have attended for BOTH years). Applicants must possess a minimum of two years of experience with their company.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we can only accept applications from applicants from the United States and U.S. territories.

I am already registered for CinemaCon 2021 but qualify for the scholarship. Can I apply?

For this scholarship opportunity, we are limiting applications to people who are not registered already for CinemaCon 2021. However, we hope to have other D&I opportunities later this year, so please stay tuned.

What do I need to submit to apply?

You must fill out the application and include a letter of recommendation from your immediate supervisor or a close industry colleague.

What is the application deadline?

Complete applications must be submitted by Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific.

What is included in the scholarship?

Scholarship recipients will receive:

–Complimentary registration to CinemaCon 2021

–Hotel accommodations for the nights of August 22-August 26, 2021 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (not including any incidentals). Any hotel accommodations for dates outside that range are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient

–A $500 credit toward travel expenses

What are the expectations for scholarship recipients?

Scholarship recipients are expected to:

–Attend NATO committee meetings on August 22 and throughout the week (committee schedule will be provided)

–Attend CinemaCon programming throughout the week

–Participate in special meetings arranged for scholarship recipients with industry leaders

When will results be announced?

We will aim to announce results by July 9, 2021.

Why are you offering this scholarship?

NATO’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is focused on increasing diversity and inclusion within NATO’s volunteer ranks. NATO’s volunteers serve on committees, task forces, and leadership and governance boards, and help decide the strategic and policy direction of the association. As CinemaCon hosts a variety of NATO Committee meetings and is a fantastic educational and networking event, we have identified CinemaCon as a key opportunity for expanding participation in NATO.