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NSCA Education Foundation Awards Scholarships To 10 Students Pursuing Electronic Systems Careers

By PSW Staff July 20, 2009

The NSCA Education Foundation has awarded 10 scholarships to students pursuing careers in the commercial electronic systems industry.

Recipients of the scholarships include:
• Jesse Ashby, Christopher Newport University, Theatre and Dance
• Matthew Ayo, Columbia College Chicago, Acoustics
• Jason Denner, Kirkwood Community College, Electronic Engineering Technology
• Byron Duarte, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Arts and Acoustics
• Gary Fine, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Arts and Acoustics
• Thomas Evans, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Design & Production
• Andrew Hart, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Arts and Acoustics
• John Hayes, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Arts and Acoustics
• Tyson King, Kirkwood Community College, Electronic Engineering Technology
• Dawn Meade, University of MD University College, Graduate School of Management and Technology, Information and Technology Systems

Scholarship winners were selected based on their applications, grade point averages, work experiences and letters of recommendation. In addition to the NSCA Scholarship, Ashby and Hayes each also received a $2,500 Robert Bosch scholarship.

The NSCA Education Foundation focuses on recruiting the next generation of professionals into the commercial electronic systems industry by funding scholarships, NSCA student memberships and job resources.

“The Foundation’s scholarship program is a major resource for students interested in one of the fastest growing industries,” said Tom Frericks, NSCA Education Foundation president. “With the support of our industry partners and many contractors and integrators, the Foundation is able to provide this year’s recipients with financial assistance so they can focus on their education and become the leaders of the next generation of integrators.”

Byron Duarte expressed in his application the desire to improve the electronic and audio industry in his native country of Guatemala. He realizes that a “green” future will become the norm and hopes to take the knowledge he is learning now and apply it to advancing the industry in Guatemala.

Thomas Evans also reiterated this point and hopes to turn his passion of anything audio into a global, yet personally unique, product.

Dawn Meade, with more than 12 years of experience in the industry, said there was nothing better than going to work every day and getting to “play” for pay.

Gary Fine described his hopes for his future career as the ability to combine both the technical and artistic aspects of audio systems.

“The synergy of subjectivity and art with mechanical structure and mathematical reason in electronic recording systems and live sound reinforcement systems transcends all other medias and mediums, he said.” 

The ability to apply passion and technical knowledge to create a more personal experience for a crowd of thousands resided in all of this year’s winners. The industry can look forward to years of great talent entering the workforce.

NSCA Education Foundation Website

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