IBS Scholarship: 8 Reasons NAHB Members 21-35 Should Apply

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young professionalsThe IBS Scholarship program is a great opportunity for NAHB members ages 21-35 to experience the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) — almost free. Applications are being accepted until June 21. If you qualify, here’s why you should apply:

  1. Education sessions. 140+ IBS education sessions will cover the hottest industry topics and tools to help advance your career.

“I am early in my career, so the sessions that focused on how others got started or the mistakes they made were extremely beneficial.” —Mike McArthur, McArthur Homes, 2017 scholarship recipient

  1. Cool products. With over 569,000 net square feet and 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers, IBS is the place to see debuting products and discover what’s trending in home building.

“I got to see all of the new products that are launching and become more aware of companies that I previously didn’t know were out there.” —Amity Edwards, 918 Interiors, 2016 scholarship recipient

  1. Construction demos. From IBS Live to the High Performance Building Zone, Builder Clinics and Exhibitor Floor Forums, there’s always an engaging and informative demonstration to watch.
  2. Outdoor exhibits. The convention center parking lot becomes an outdoor oasis with homes, networking events, food trucks and presentations in Show Village.

“I enjoyed the Outdoor Exhibit area immensely. The tiny homes and modular homes were both amazing. It was fun getting to meet the people and learn more about the products and processes.” —Laila Reilly, MaGrann Associates, 2017 scholarship recipient

  1. Networking events. IBS hosts some of the most memorable after-hours events. Not only are events like the Official House Party and the Young Pro Party, fun, they’re a great place to connect with others in the industry.
  2. Niche-specific focus. Discover fun, educational lounges to explore new ideas, refine your skills and gain valuable business information about your specific industry niche. Roundtable discussions, workshops and presentations are all available in the six Centrals: 55+ Housing, Custom Home Building, Design Studio, Multifamily, Remodelers and Sales and Marketing.
  3. Awards programs. From luncheons to glamorous galas, award nominees and attendees alike can learn new tips and tactics that have produced successful results.
  4. The New American Home® and The New American Remodel™. Tour these top-notch NAHB show homes featuring new products, construction methods, energy efficient features and latest design trends.

“The New American Home incorporated different techniques than we use in Arkansas and I was able to take some bits and pieces away. I have a project right now where we are bringing in a few products we saw on that tour.” —Nathan Cooper, River Valley Builders, Inc., 2017 scholarship recipient

And a bonus: Airfare (up to $600) and hotel accommodations for four nights are included.

If you’re an NAHB member between the ages of 21-35, submit your application and video by June 21 to be considered.

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