Michael Vergauwen Scholarship
InfoComm International® established the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) to address the industry's need for a high-quality workforce. Applications for 2017-2018 are now being accepted.
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.
Applications must be received by Feb. 15, 2017.
Application Completion Checklist
To ensure your application package is complete, enclose the following:
- A copy of your student ID number, Social Security number, and date of birth
- One signed letter of recommendation on letterhead from a current/previous employer and one from school faculty/administrator (or two letters of recommendation from faculty/administrator if not previously employed)
- Typed essay — handwritten essays will not be considered
To complete your application, your college or university must also forward the following directly to the ICIF:
- Current transcript(s) from each college or university attended
- An official transcript that includes the current semester/quarter of current academic year
Two Scholarships Awarded in 2016
Congratulations to the two students who will receive $5,000 to support their educations in the audiovisual field.
Learn how Lauren Koske and Sarabeth Mullins have started their career in AV and what advice they give to aspiring young AV professionals:
Lauren Koske, a junior from the University of Central Missouri, is working on her bachelor’s degree in digital media production and is very passionate about live audio and event technologies.
In addition to her courses, she is gaining on-the-job experience working for the university's Event Technologies department. Koske is also interested in the film and television programming side of audio and video production. She currently produces a bi-weekly web show called iCentral for the university’s newspaper and Is completing an internship with the public television station KMOS PBS.
Sarabeth Mullins, a junior from Biola University, was inspired to pursue an education in the audiovisual field by watching her father, a longtime AV consultant. Her interest grew over the years and she eventually helped her father work on pro bono AV projects for churches.
When it came time to choose her college major, Mullins selected music composition in order to diversify her experience. Music composition has taught her to think critically about the artistic side of sound production.
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
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