ETC was founded by a group of college students and then grew to be a global lighting and rigging leader. Since then, one of the ETC founders and the current CEO, Fred Foster, has been dedicated to encouraging the young talent who are the future of the industry. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the LDI Student Sponsorship. Since 1999, ETC has given students an experience they can’t get anywhere else: an all-expense-paid trip to the
LDI tradeshow, North America’s largest stage-technology tradeshow.
What does the Student Sponsorship include?
Students who will be in graduate school and working toward a master’s degree or PhD, or students in their final year of undergraduate courses at the university level at the time of the LDI tradeshow are eligible for the Student Sponsorship. They must be studying lighting design, theater technology or a related field. ETC does not provide translators at LDI, so applicants must have a high command of both written and spoken English.
From the pool of applicants, ETC picks five students from North America and at least one international student to participate in the LDI Student Sponsorship.
Some of the biggest names in the industry volunteer to be a mentor to ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipients. Each mentor is paired with a student to provide support, advice, and encouragement for at least year after LDI ends. They help prepare the Sponsorship recipients for their future careers and guide them into the working world.
We will begin accepting applications for the 2017 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship in the spring. Stay tuned!