We’ve written a lot in the past several years about how AV integrators and manufacturers spend a lot of time wondering where their next wave of young talent is coming from, but not taking an active role in recruiting and retaining young talent to join their companies.
Watchfire Signs is taking the matter into their own hands with a new scholarship that will recognize a high school student “who develops inspiring content for high school Watchfire video scoreboards or displays,” according to the company announcement.
The Fired Up Watchfire Scholarship will provide $500 in financial assistance to a graduating high school senior “who demonstrates excellence in creating and using digital content on a Watchfire sports display during a live event,” the announcement says.
“We are looking for students who make a positive impact on school pride with their ability to fire up players, fans, students and the community using the school’s video display or virtual scoreboard at events,” said Mary Ellen Fricke, sports marketing lead at Watchfire Signs, in the announcement.
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Schools install Watchfire video displays and virtual scoreboards “to entertain fans, increase sponsorship revenue, and provide learning experiences for students,” according to the company announcement.
Indoor and outdoor display models can be used in any stadium or sports facility “to engage fans and deliver a professional-quality sports experience,” the Watchfire Signs announcement says.
“We’ve noticed an increase in schools integrating the displays into the curriculum, enabling students to learn video production, design and content management skills,” said Fricke in the Watchfire Signs announcement. “This provides real-world experience to students and we want to recognize that effort.”
Eligible content must be created by the applicant and displayed on an indoor or outdoor Watchfire sports display between Jan. 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020. Submissions can be static graphics, animations, videos, crowd prompts, advertisements or any other content that creates fan engagement.
The deadline to apply is April 17, 2020, and the winner will be announced in May.
Click here for more information about the Fired Up Watchfire scholarship program.