ETC was founded by a group of college students and has grown into a global leader in lighting and rigging technology. Throughout his career, ETC Founder and CEO Fred Foster recognized the significance of mentorship in any lighting professional’s career. Yet, he understood how challenging it is to establish connections with potential mentors.
The Fred Foster Student Mentorship Program aims to encourage young talent, the future of the industry, by introducing them to mentors who will help elevate their careers. Since 1999, this program has given students an experience they can’t get anywhere else during an all-expense-paid trip to the
LDI tradeshow, North America’s largest stage technology tradeshow. This program is just one way that Fred’s legacy lives on.
*Please note that 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 Mentorship Program.
Some of the biggest names in the industry volunteer to be a mentor to sponsorship recipients. Each mentor is paired with a student to provide support, advice, and encouragement for at least a year after LDI ends. They help prepare the sponsorship recipients for their future careers and guide them into the working world.
Applications are now closed for LDI 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 application opening.