IIBEC Convention Student Participation Fund
Since 2012, the RCI Foundations (RCIF) have enabled 152 college students to attend the IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show (formerly RCI). To qualify, applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in architecture; architectural, structural or civil engineering; construction management; or other related areas of study. Candidates are required to submit the following for sponsorship consideration:
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor or mentor.
  • An essay explaining their interest in their chosen field of study, as well as what they hope to gain by attending the IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show.
If chosen, students are provided with a travel stipend, four nights lodging at the convention hotel, a meal stipend, convention registration and a complimentary one-year student membership to IIBEC.

Each sponsored student is required to attend a minimum of ten hours of educational presentations and devote at least three hours to the trade show floor. Once the event concludes, each student is asked to participate in public affairs/advertising efforts by writing an article for Interface, sharing his or her experience of the convention and the knowledge gained from the event.

The Foundation believes that providing this opportunity is paramount to advancing the next generation in the building envelope industry, as convention attendance provides not only an enjoyable experience, but a required number of hours in invaluable educational seminars, networking, and fellowship with others in their chosen profession.
Please take a moment to read on, to find out what our students have had to say about the experience!

Student Sponsorship Application
   Benjamin Rickard, App State
 Benjamin Rickard, a two-time recipient of the RCI Foundation’s student sponsorship to the RCI Convention and Trade Show, shares the remarkable benefits he has received as a result of the Foundation’s generous contributors and the experiences and opportunities it has afforded him.
Abigail Campbell, Alfred State
“I am grateful to RCI for the wonderful opportunity it gave me! The atmosphere of the Convention was amazing; everybody made you feel welcome…I personally loved the trade show floor …so many of the products, ideas, and people were very new to me, but I learned a great deal and everybody was considerate and did not have a problem answering my questions (even though some were probably obvious).
Additionally, the "fun night" was very enjoyable and a great way to meet people and relax. Overall, I thoroughly loved the Convention, gained valuable information and would love to attend it again!” -Abigail Campbell, Alfred State, the State University of New York College of Technology 
Ethan Fregoe, Alfred State
“A highlight for me was the short lectures that were very informative and interesting. The case studies helped me put into perspective problems in the field that I can expect to see once I begin my career next year. I really enjoyed meeting Mr. Michael Williams, who gave me a lot of insight into exterior building and waterproofing as well as the consultant field.
It was an honor and a pleasure to spend time with him over the weekend and learn from his wealth of knowledge. I would love to return to the convention in the future to absorb even more information.” - Ethan Fregoe, Alfred State, the State University of New York College of Technology 
 Stacy Sun, Ryerson University
“I had a great experience at the Orlando Convention and Trade Show... I felt very welcomed by the RCI community. The seminars were interesting and relevant, and by talking to representatives from the different companies at the trade show it allowed me make connections and learn about materials. The award ceremony on the last day was also very unforgettable. RCI is a big family.” - Stacy Sun, Ryerson University