MRAA now taking applications for fully funded MDCE scholarships

In partnership with Soundings Trade Only, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo will offer scholarships for three dealers to attend this year’s educational event, to be held Dec. 9-12 in Orlando.

Each scholarship includes an MDCE Standard Dealer Registration, up to $450 in travel reimbursement, and a three-night hotel stay at the MDCE’s host hotel, for a total value of $1,396 per scholarship.

Soundings Trade Only’s mission is to reflect, inform and inspire. This conference inspires the best in marine dealerships, and we are happy to help deserving dealers earn their way to attend the event,” says Michele Goldsmith, publisher of Soundings Trade Only. “As ever, Soundings Trade Only is here to support and collaborate with the best of the marine industry. We look forward to MDCE 2018 and to welcoming the recipients of this year’s scholarships.”

MDCE continues to focus on delivering real world results for dealerships of all shapes and sizes. The 2018 conference offers 30 all-new sessions that are specifically designed to fuel performance in every department; dealer-to-dealer roundtable discussion sessions; an opening and closing keynote; an expo hall filled with 100-plus exhibitors and special events throughout the three-day event.

“Year after year, the dealer community continues to communicate how valuable MDCE is to their businesses,” Matt Gruhn, President of the MRAA, which co-produces the annual event alongside Boating Industry. “We are grateful to Soundings Trade Only for continuing this partnership and providing dealers an opportunity to those who actively desire to participate, but wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend this year’s conference.”

Marine dealers can apply for the chance to receive an MDCE scholarship by completing an application at The scholarship committee will meet to consider two important aspects of the application: how candidates plan to put what they learn at MDCE to work in their business as well as their financial need. The recipients will be selected and notified in early November.


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