The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) and Shure have established the Mark Brunner Professional Audio Scholarship (opens in new tab), which will be offered annually to students worldwide who are pursuing an education in professional audio.
Brunner (opens in new tab)—a long-time Shure executive, PAMA founding member, and leading voice in the audio community who died in October 2020—had an unwavering passion for education and mentorship throughout his career. The $2,000 scholarship is targeted to a recipient following their passion for audio in an accredited audio program. PAMA and Shure will specifically be interested to learn how the applicant plans to share their knowledge with others in a manner consistent with Brunner’s legacy.
“We established the Mark Brunner Pro Audio Scholarship as our way of paying tribute to one of the leading voices of our industry," said Chris Regan, chair of the board of directors, PAMA. "One of Mark’s tenets was his unwavering pursuit to educate. Whether he was at the U.S. Congress representing the industry on spectrum allocation issues, on one of the countless industry panels he participated in, or with colleagues at Shure and across the pro audio industry, Mark truly embodied the persona of teacher. He valued his time in his personal studio and shared his wisdom with so many throughout his career with passion. It’s with that same passion that we wish to award an annual scholarship in his name.”
“Mark Brunner was a treasured colleague, peer, and friend,” said Chris Schyvinck (opens in new tab), Shure president and CEO. “Our company valued his expertise, whether he was sharing his knowledge with fellow associates, at front of house with a sound engineer, interviewing an endorser, or on the front lines in Washington, D.C."
"In 2003, I appointed Mark to lead our company’s charge in fighting for legislation to protect wireless microphone users, and we have been sounding the alarm ever since. Like the classic David and Goliath story, our company was up against prominent technology leaders that wanted all of the 'white spaces' available for consumer use," she added. "Because of Mark’s passion, expertise, diligence, and resolve, Shure’s voice was heard. He effectively educated key individuals about the importance of spectrum protection, created important partnerships with user communities, and helped us retain the trust and loyalty of our customers. Mark was a steadfast ambassador for Shure, helping us preserve our legendary reputation with associates, customers, influencers, and the public. I knew Mark for more than three decades, and I dearly miss his presence every day. I know that this scholarship would mean so much to my friend, as it does to our company.”
For more information on the Mark Brunner Professional Audio Scholarship, visit https://www.pamalliance.org/scholarship (opens in new tab).