New Scholarship by Sarnia Bayfest in Conjuction with Metalworks, Congrats to Connor Burgess

Connor Burgess receiving the Metalworks/Sarnia Bayfest Scholarship!

On November 30th, we announced that Connor Burgess is the recipient of the 2011 Metalworks/Sarnia Bayfest Scholarship.

Connor is the first student to receive the Metalworks/Sarnia Bayfest Scholarship, which entitles its recipient to full tuition for the one year Show Production and Event Management Program.  Eligibility for the scholarship includes having an OSSD or equivalent, residing in Southwestern Ontario, a short essay and having sincere dedication and aspirations to excel in the live event industry.

Scholarship beneficiary, Connor Burgess commented, “When I found out that I was the recipient of the scholarship I was very excited and surprised. This is a dream come true and I cannot wait to start!”

Sarnia Bayfest began in 1999 with only a handful of performers but since then, the festival has grown into a two weekend event in July featuring acts such as Aerosmith, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, The Tragically Hip, and KISS. The festival started off with a small audience of just a few thousand but has grown in recent years to attract well over 75,000 people from around the world. Sarnia Bayfest is a non-profit organization that donates all of its proceeds back into the community and also gives local charities the opportunity to raise awareness and funds.

Michele Stokley of Sarnia Bayfest stated that, “It is with great pleasure that we are able to offer this new scholarship in conjunction with Metalworks Institute. Metalworks is one of the best technical institutes in the world, where you learn the music business as well as develop great production skills. Connor Burgess has shown dedication and a willingness to succeed in this field and we wish him the best of luck!”

Craig Titus, Academics Director, said of this news that, “We are looking forward to having Connor at Metalworks Institute and know that he will be a great addition to our Show Production and Event Management Program. We are also pleased that Metalworks and Bayfest are able to work together in order to offer this new and unique scholarship for students.”

The one year Show Production and Event Management Program teaches students the fundamental knowledge and skills required to plan, manage and produce shows for a broad range of live entertainment industry applications. Course topics include: Show Production Systems, Lighting Principles and Operation, Theatrical Productions, Special Effects and Acoustics. All of our full-time diploma programs are approved vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act 2005.

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