Michael Vergauwen Scholarship

We've established the AVIXA Foundation to address the industry's need for a high-quality workforce. Applications are closed for 2018-2019.


About the Scholarship

The scholarship is open to third- and fourth-year college students, or those in their last year at a two-year school, who are dependents of employees or employees of an AVIXA member organizations. Scholarship amount is $5,000.

Application Completion Checklist

To ensure your application package is complete, enclose the following:

  • A copy of your student ID number, Social Security number, and date of birth
  • One signed letter of recommendation on letterhead from a current/previous employer and one from school faculty/administrator (or two letters of recommendation from faculty/administrator if not previously employed)
  • Typed essay — handwritten essays will not be considered

To complete your application, your college or university must also forward the following directly to the AVIXA Foundation:

  • Current transcript(s) from each college or university attended
  • An official transcript that includes the current semester/quarter of current academic year

Learn more about the AVIXA Foundation

Scholarship Awarded for 2017


Jacob Faber

jacob-faberJacob Faber, a junior from University of British Columbia, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and design. Faber grew up learning about the latest innovations in AV technology from his father who works in AV sales. He is gaining on-the-job experience with Asnet Technologies in New Zealand where he is shadowing and assisting technicians with AV installations, the design process and project management.

Michael Vergauwen's Legacy

Vergauwen_Michael-110x140The memorial fund honors Michael Vergauwen's career achievements in the AV communications industry and his participation in and leadership of the association. Vergauwen's dedication to the industry and to its members serves as a role model for all AVIXA members.

Michael Vergauwen was the COO of AVI Systems and a long-time board member of AVIXA.

Michael took pride in awarding $200,000 in scholarships to deserving recipients. He strongly believed that growth in the AV industry comes from providing opportunities and support to those wanting to enter the industry and those seeking to develop their careers.

His talent — and his kindness — strengthened the AV community. After his death in 2009, AVIXA created this scholarship to carry on his beliefs of strengthening and growing the AV industry through education.

"Michael Vergauwen was a valued member of the Board of Directors and was a tireless advocate for the audiovisual industry. He offered wise counsel and was a good friend to so many of us in the association's family. He will be missed greatly." — Jay Rogina, CTS, CEO Spinitar

Do you have a Michael Verguawen memory you would like to share? Email membership@avixa.org.


AVIXA Grant Program

The AVIXA Grant Program is the pro-AV industry's internship and mentoring program.

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Build The Future Of AV

Learn more and about the AVIXA Grant Program with a downloadable brochure you can print out and share.

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Learn more about the 2017 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Winner.

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