The AVIXA Foundation announces the recipients of the 2022 scholarships

The AVIXA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, has announced the recipients of its 2022 scholarships. The mission of the program is to encourage and enable students from diverse backgrounds who show great potential to pursue a career in the audiovisual field. Each winner also received $2,500 in prize money.

“At the AVIXA Foundation, we are committed to creating pathways for the development of the talents of future leaders in the audiovisual industry; and as part of its mission, the scholarship program is very important,” says Cristiano Mazza, CTS, Chairman of the AVIXA Foundation Board and Product Manager at Grupo Discabos. “Scholarships provide aspiring professionals with the means to pursue their dreams. It’s been a year with many impressive nominations, and we’re thrilled to welcome the winners to our community. We foresee a bright future for them! »

elAVate Scholarship

The AVIXA Foundation elAVate Fellowship supports the growth of women and gender equality in the audiovisual industry. The 2022 recipient is Madison Pierce, a sophomore at Belmont University. She is currently a student in the Audio Engineering Technology program with minors in Business Administration and Physics. She is also part of the Women in Audio group on the university campus.

Pierce believes music can make the world happier and bring people together, which is why she focuses on gear design. She says diversity is an important part of achieving these goals.

Michael Vergauwen Scholarship

The Michael Vergauwen Scholarship honors the legacy of the late Michael Vergauwen, former COO of AVI Systems and a longtime member of the AVIXA Board of Directors. This year’s winner is Faith Pierce, a student in the Berklee College of Music’s graduate program. She focuses on the music business, production, songwriting and film scoring.

His hope is to be either a sound engineer in a recording studio or a re-recording mixer for TV and film. Pierce is committed to always listening, learning and advocating for historically marginalized communities by encouraging inclusion and representation in the industry.

Mosaic Purse

The Mosaic Fellowship was designed by the AVIXA Diversity Council to support greater inclusion within the global audiovisual industry. It seeks to shine a light on young adults whose experience, background and thinking will positively influence the future of the audiovisual community. Thanks to donations from Legrand and Exertis Almo, the AVIXA Foundation has awarded four grants this year.

Nathan Ertal

Recipient Nathan Erthal is working on his Masters in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami. It won the silver prize in the AES Saul Walker student design competition. Erthal wants to develop better and new ways for society to experience audio. He also aspires to give back by dedicating his work to the audio industry while fostering greater industry diversity.

Akash Mungra

Akash Mungra, who also received a Mosaic scholarship, is studying software engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is also a leader of the university’s STEM club. The club provides opportunities and exposure for LGBTQ+ participants interested in STEM. Last summer, he completed an internship with the broadcast and audiovisual engineering team at Travelers Insurance.

Mungra plans to pave the way to success in the AV industry for others with similar backgrounds to him by showing them the versatility of AV technologies. He also hopes that the audiovisual industry will remain driven by divergent thinking by welcoming a wide range of backgrounds.

AJ Panepinto

The Mosaic AJ Panepinto Scholarship recipient is a freshman at Full Sail University majoring in film. He has a passion for behind-the-scenes storytelling and spent six years taking video production classes in middle school and high school. Panepinto thus wishes to contribute to the industry by becoming a videographer and post-production editor.

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He enjoys learning new technologies and being part of an industry where there is room for everyone. Panepinto also wants to encourage others, mentor future filmmakers, and shine a light on the stories of those who feel their voice is being silenced.

Katharina Sawatzky

Finally, the recipient Katharina Sawatzky is a freshman at American University. She plans to spend her time taking courses in physics and audio-visual technology to learn about the science that goes into media development. Sawatzky also has a few years of experience managing audio in community theater and mentoring other young women.

Sawatzky has worked hard to become a good leader and a good technician, not despite who she is as a person, but because of it. She also believes that flexibility and experience are more important than ever in an industry where technical and ideological progress is rapid.

AVIXA Foundation Scholarship Program

This scholarship program is part of the AVIXA Foundation’s initiative to support workforce development in the professional audiovisual industry. Here, he supports workforce development by raising awareness of careers in the global audiovisual industry. It also empowers potential and emerging professionals through professional training, scholarships and academic support. Moreover, it aims to develop a bridge between the industry and those who want to become audiovisual professionals.

The Foundation thus offers numerous resources for students interested in careers in audiovisual, including AVIXA student memberships. Memberships offer discounts on CTS exam training and application, a guide for setting up school technical teams, and more.

For AV companies interested in student outreach, the AVIXA Foundation also offers a comprehensive AV industry workforce development toolkit. The toolbox explains how to boost the recruitment of new talent. This ranges from engaging with schools and community groups to creating internships.

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