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InfoComm International® established the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) to address the industry's need for a high-quality workforce. This year ICIF will accept applications for the Michael Vergauwen Scholarship through February 29, 2016.

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2015 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to the 2015 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Award winner, Dean Philip, a junior at the University of South Carolina.

While attending college, Philip has worked for InfoComm member HP Electronics, of Baltimore, Md. "Dean has been given the responsibility of working with a crew that has completed several large AV and auditorium projects," said HP Electronics President Robert Hewitt. "He not only faced the challenge eagerly, but performed above all expectations."

Philip, who has taken part in AV training from Crestron and Renkus-Heinz, is studying to be an electrical engineer and looks forward to a career in AV. "I would love to be part of a company that does research and development of new products and can create something truly awe-inspiring," he said.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship is open to third- and fourth-year college students — dependents of employees or employees of member organizations or members (groups or affiliates) — to pursue a technical degree to be applied to an audiovisual career. Scholarship amount is $5,000.

Michael Vergauwen's Legacy

The memorial fund honors Michael Vergauwen's career achievements in the AV communications industry and his participation in and leadership of InfoComm International. Vergauwen's dedication to the industry and to its members serves as a role model for all InfoComm members.

Michael Vergauwen was the COO of AVI Systems and a long-time board member of InfoComm International® and the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF).

As part of the ICIF board of directors, Michael took pride in awarding $200,000 in scholarships to deserving recipients. He strongly believed that growth in the AV industry comes from providing opportunities and support to those wanting to enter the industry and those seeking to develop their careers.

His talent — and his kindness — strengthened the AV community. After his death in 2009, the ICIF created this scholarship to carry on his beliefs of strengthening and growing the AV industry through education.

"Michael Vergauwen was a valued member of InfoComm’s Board of Directors and was a tireless advocate for the audiovisual industry. He offered wise counsel and was a good friend to so many of us in the InfoComm family. He will be missed greatly." — Jay Rogina, CTS, CEO Spinitar

Learn more about the scholarship and how to donate.

Do you have a Michael Verguawen memory you would like to share? Email membership@infocomm.org.