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Fred Foster Student Mentorship Program

  • ETC: Lighting the way toward a bright future

    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.

    What does the sponsorship include?
    • A full LDI conference pass
    • An exclusive student event that allows for networking with industry luminaries
    • One-on-one mentoring by an industry leader (see below)
    • Interaction with ETC employees
    • Roundtrip airfare
    • Hotel accommodations
    • All meals
    • ETC swag
    • Hands-on demonstrations of new ETC products
    • A backstage look at ETC’s tradeshow activity
    • A résumé-building experience to help kick off a career in stage technology

    Who can apply?
    • Graduate students working toward a master’s degree or PhD
    • Students in their final year of undergraduate courses at the university level at the time of the LDI tradeshow
    • Students from outside of North America who are pursuing a university degree in lighting design, theatre technology or a related field


    *Please note that ETC does not provide translators at LDI, so applicants must have a high command of both written and spoken English.


    Who is selected?

    From the pool of applicants, ETC picks five students from North America and at least one international student to participate in the Mentorship Program.

    How does the mentorship work?

    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.

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