Prism Scholarship
As part of our dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion, HETMA has partnered with AVIXA to provide scholarships that support the growth of underrepresented communities within the US higher education technology industry.
This scholarship is intended as encouragement for women, LGBTQIA+, Black, Latino, Asian, Indigenous, disabled persons and others to become active leaders and role models for technology managers in the higher education space. Recipients will be recognized as someone determined to leave their mark as an AV professional who has demonstrated a commitment to their continued education, displaying a passion for both higher education and the experiences that audiovisual technology creates.
This scholarship includes a one-year Elite Membership to AVIXA, inclusive of the entire online catalog of education, access to a virtual CTS prep course, course materials, the coverage of exam fees for the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam, and more!
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Eligibility
1. Belong to an underrepresented community within the AV industry; Women, LGBTQIA+, Black, Latino or Hispanic, Asian, Indigenous, Disabled Persons or other as identified
2. Employed at a recognized higher education institution and have an email address from
your institution (.edu, edu.au, ac.nz, or ac.uk, etc.)
3. Not currently employed full time by an audiovisual company
4. Demonstrates a keen interest in an AV career or specialty
5. Does not qualify for employment based professional development funding to pursue a
CTS qualification
Are you employed at a recognized higher education institution and have an email address from your institution (.edu, edu.au, ac.nz, or ac.uk, etc.)? *
What is your name?
Do you belong to an underrepresented community within the AV industry?
Are you currently employed full time by an audiovisual company?
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Do you qualify for employment based professional development funding to pursue a CTS qualification?
Clear selection
Current role classification
Clear selection
Please provide a summary of your A/V experience. (300 words MAXIMUM)
Why do you deserve this scholarship? Are there barriers to your future goals?What areas of focus are you most interested in (audio, video, programming, etc)? (500 words MAXIMUM)
You have one year, how will you make the most of this opportunity? What areyour plans for success? This should include a schedule, support fromjob/peers/friends (study during work hours, take time off for the test), andaccountability. (500 words MAXIMUM)
Award

A total of ten scholarships will be awarded. HETMA has sole discretion in choosing award
recipients.
● One-year Elite Membership to AVIXA, inclusive of the entire online catalog of education
● Access to a virtual CTS prep course and course materials
● Coverage of fees for one attempt at the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam
● Enrollment fees for one synchronous CTS course (in person or virtual)
● All inclusive trip to the InfoComm show including travel, hotel, per diem for food and
incidentals, and entrance to the show floor (up to $1,500)
● Mentorship provided by a current HETMA member and AV technology professional
Scoring Rubric

There will be five adjudicators who will score your application based on the following criteria.
The highest score is 85 points. The highest and lowest scores will be dropped and the three
remaining scores will be averaged. This number will be your final score. The top ten individuals
will be offered the award. If someone declines the award, the next highest ranked person will be
contacted.
● Self identification: only for qualification
● Professional development funding availability: only for qualification
● Employment at an audiovisual company: only for qualification
● Current role: pt staff (15), ft staff (10)
● AV related experience: (total 15)
○ Years of experience (5)
○ Types of experience (10)
● Deserve question: ( total 25)
○ Did they clearly answer the question (10)
○ Show barriers (5)
○ Future Goals (10)
● Plans for success: (total 30)
○ Lays out reasonable schedule with milestones (15)
○ Provides examples of support (5)
○ Plans for accountability (10)
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