Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association

The 2024 Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships
(The 2024 Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships)

Applications are now open for the

2024 Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships.


Founded in 2019, and funded by LDI and Live Design, the goal of the Diversity In Design scholarships is to support underrepresented and unique voices in the field of entertainment design. The scholarships are named for Pat MacKay, former publisher of Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines and founder of the LDI Trade Show and ConferenceMacKay is a USITT Fellow and has served as a mentor for multiple generations of industry professionals.

Pat MacKay
(Pat MacKay)

The Pat MacKay Diversity in Design scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled in lighting, digital media, and sound design programs on an undergraduate level, as well as high school seniors who have been accepted to an undergraduate college or university design program.

TSDCA  in partnership with LDI 2024 and USITT, with additional support from Lightswitch in 2023, presents scholarships to students in various disciplines of live design. Applications are welcome from undergraduate students of lighting design, sound design, and video/projection design programs at accredited universities.

Each student selected for one of the Pat MacKay Scholarships will receive up to $5,000, spread out over a maximum of eight semesters, or $1,250 per year, paid by semester directly to the school. In order for the students to get the next year’s payment, they must show progress toward their degree, show at least a 2.5 GPA, and provide a letter of support from their mentor with an update on how they are progressing as designers.


The application deadline is May 23, 2024.

Recipients will be invited to the LDI Trade Show & Conference in Las Vegas, NV, December 4 -10, 2024.


2023 recipients Darius Evans, Alyssa Gil-Pujols, Deandra Bromfield
(2023 recipients Darius Evans, Alyssa Gil-Pujols, Deandra Bromfield)


A panel of industry professionals, including working designers, Live Design editors, and Pat MacKay, will select this year’s recipients from the fields of lighting and digital media, TSDCA will select the sound design scholarships.

Students applying for the scholarships will be requested to provide:

Copies of their work, such as a digital design portfolio, or audio samples;
References/recommendations from teachers/collaborators;
A short statement on why they would like to win this scholarship and their career goals;
A list of the underrepresented communities they identify with.

The application portal opens on April 8 and will close at midnight on May 23, 2024.

The successful applicants will be announced in late June.

For additional information, visit the application page on the USITT website.