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Education Foundation

Supporting and Advancing Careers in Tech Integration

We enable industry growth through education, scholarships, and awards programs

The NSCA Education Foundation is committed to advancing the technology and commercial systems integration industries by connecting new and seasoned professionals to educational experiences.

We accelerate recruitment strategies that attract the next generation and empower professionals by giving them the business skills they need to excel in critical industry roles.

Examples of our industry impact:

  • Providing funds for more than 4,000 students in technical colleges and career centers throughout North America
  • Supporting the development of the Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) to create basic training, certification curriculum, and apprenticeship programs for entry-level workers
  • Supplying more than $400,000 to industry professionals who want to develop leadership and business skills
  • Launching the Next-Gen Academy to provide rising industry stars with industry-specific curriculum to prepare for leadership

PASS K-12 (Partner Alliance for Safer Schools)

Providing information, tools, and insight to help schools implement a tiered and tailored approach to security.

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Connecting educators, students, and jobseekers with integrators and manufacturers to grow qualified young talent within our industry.

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Industry Research

Collecting and analyzing industry data and insights to help integration leaders make smarter business decisions.

Industry Research

Randy Vaughan Founder’s Awards

Helping emerging industry leaders attending NSCA’s in-demand Business & Leadership Conference at a reduced cost.

About the Randy Vaughan Leadership Award

Business ecosystems and partnerships concept. Business collaboration strategies.

Scholarship Opportunities

The NSCA Education Foundation supports numerous initiatives within the channel. Explore our available scholarships below.

Hester Scholarship Program

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Jeff M. Kindig Future Leaders Scholarship

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John Greene Mentorship Award

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Randy Vaughan Leadership Award

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Learn More About the NSCA Education Foundation

The latest about what we do and how we impact the industry

Reacquaint Yourself with the NSCA Education Foundation

The differences between NSCA and the NSCA Education Foundation are subtle but significant.


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How You Help the NSCA Education Foundation Empower the Industry

Taste of Havana, a 2023 NSCA Education Foundation fundraiser, surpassed its fundraising goal by 60% through gifts, donations, and sponsorships.

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Managing a Summer Internship Program? It’s Not Too Late for NSCA’s Help

Even if your internship program is already established and, our Ignite Internship Program can help you overcome the challenges associated with program management.

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Meet New Education Foundation Board Members

In 2023, the NSCA Education Foundation Board welcomed two new board members to further workforce development efforts.


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Donate to the NSCA Education Foundation

Our initiatives wouldn’t be possible without your support

The NSCA Education Foundation is committed to enabling industry growth by providing access to the best education and latest practices available. The NSCA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. There are tax incentives for giving. You may be able to deduct donations to charity.

NSCA Education Foundation Board Members



Lauren Simmen

Stortorvet 7,
0155 Oslo, Norway

Vice President

Ingolf DeJong

12393 S Gateway Park Pl, Ste 400
Draper, UT 84020


Tim Hennen

Digital Labor Solutions
42 N. Industry Court
Deer Park, NY 11729


Dawna Payne

Texadia Systems
4355 Excel Pkwy #600
Addison, TX 75001


Michael Boettcher

10170 Church Ranch Way, Suite 150
Westminster, CO 80021

Steve Greenblatt

Control Concepts Inc.
336 Route 46
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Chris Reese

580 Marksmen Ct 
Fayetteville, GA 30215 

Gina Sansivero

1601 Jack McKay 
Ennis, TX 75119 

Honorary Ex-officios

Steve Emspack

Shen Milsom & Wilke 
275 Madison Ave 
New York, NY 

Tom Frericks

Fire Tech Productions 
7986 B Clyo Rd. 
Centerville, OH 45459 

Claire Ford

Ford Audio-Video 
4800 West I 40 Service Road 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73128