The AVIXA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 scholarships. Irene Ataifo from Howard Community College has been awarded the elAVate Scholarship. Angelina Jonkaitis, a student at Valencia College, is the recipient of the Michael Vergauwen Scholarship. Carter Kucier from Lebanon Valley College has been awarded the Mosaic Scholarship. Each winner is awarded $2,500.
“Education is empowering, and the AVIXA Foundation Scholarship program’s intent is to encourage and enable students from diverse backgrounds who show great potential to pursue careers in the audiovisual field,” said Domenic Screnci, Ed.D., President of the AVIXA Foundation. “Supporting workforce development is core to the Foundation’s mission. To achieve that goal, the Foundation provides opportunities to schools, organizations, and individuals to help fill a flourishing demand for a qualified workforce in the exciting world of AV.”
The AVIXA Foundation’s elAVate Scholarship supports the growth of women and gender equality in the AV industry. The 2021 recipient Irene Ataifo holds an associate degree in Cyber Forensics Technology from Howard Community College and is currently enrolled in the college’s Audiovisual Technology associate degree program. Ataifo was determined to pursue her passion in audio, despite feeling like it was an unconventional career path for a Black woman. She says today she no longer uses her anxiety to make decisions, but the power of her individuality.