Thomas E. Metz Broadcast Engineering Scholarship

The Purpose

This scholarship is in memory of Thomas E. Metz, a  local New Orleans broadcast engineer. Metz, a Navy veteran, and graduate of the Gulf Radio School, worked for WDSU for over forty years and was instrumental in the development of New Orleans television.

The purpose is:

-To support promising broadcast engineers
-To encourage a high standard of professionalism in the broadcast engineering industry.
-To promote a greater understanding of the importance and influence engineering contributes to local communities

To Qualify

Applicants must meet these criteria:

  • Enrolled and attending classes, fulltime at a Louisiana college.
  • Enrolled in at least 12 hours each semester the scholarship is in effect.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and submit transcript of previous semester to verify.
  • Complete the online application.

Selection Criteria

Judges will consider depth of thought, clarity of expression and commitment to the broadcast industry as primary.

The Scholarships

The LAB will make available up to one $5,000 scholarship.

One broadcast student with a future career path in broadcast engineering who is currently enrolled and attending class fulltime at a Louisiana college or university will receive a $5,000 scholarship towards their college education.

To confirm eligibility, the winner will be required to provide LAB with documentation verifying enrollment status, as well as a copy of grades from previous semester – to ensure recipient meets grade point average requirements.

Application Procedure

The LAB is accepting the Thomas E. Metz scholarship applications online in the form below.

Applications must be received by the LAB Office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022.

The scholarship will be awarded at the Prestige Awards, in March of 2022, the exact location still to be determined, due to COVID-19.


The Sponsor

Louisiana Association of Broadcasters has a keen interest in the excellence of broadcast education. Consistent with this goal and to lend tangible support, LAB & WDSU-TV has established this scholarship in honor of Tommy Metz who left a strong legacy of devotion and integrity of engineering in local television.