The AES Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for the annual AESEF Graduate Studies Grants and Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship, offering multiple opportunities for applicants to receive financial backing during their studies.

New York, NY (April 24, 2019)—The AES Educational Foundation, dedicated to encouraging the entry of talented students into the profession of audio engineering, is now accepting applications for the annual AESEF Graduate Studies Grants and Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship, offering multiple opportunities for applicants to receive financial backing during their studies.

Included in the grant offerings are scholarships honoring Larry Estrin, Ilpo Martikainen, Tom Kite and Bruce Swedien, as well as grant awards in memory of John Eargle and Emil Torick, all valuable industry contributors. Since its establishment in 1984, the foundation has awarded grants for graduate studies to hundreds of exceptional applicants, many of whom have gone on to prominent and successful careers in the audio engineering industry.

The Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship of full tuition for the final year of studies is being offered to an undergraduate student entering senior year at a North American college or university Audio Engineering/Recording Arts program. The scholarship honors Mary Lea Simpson, who was a graduate of the Audio Production Program at New England Institute of Art who died in 2013 in a building collapse. Deadline for applications is June 1.

Graduate Studies Scholarships:
Grants, including the named scholarships, are awarded annually to exemplary students studying the art and science of audio engineering. The AESEF Scholarship Committee selects the recipients of the memorial scholarships based on which student best meets the specification for each named scholarship. The application deadline for AESEF grants is May 15.

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Current grants include:

  • The John Eargle Award
    This award honors AES Past-President and Fellow John Eargle, who authored several seminal textbooks on audio, engineered more than 250 CD releases, and was posthumously awarded a Technical GRAMMY Award in 2008. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who excels in both technology and music.

Related: Eargle Awarded Posthumous Grammy, Dec. 6, 2017

  • Larry Estrin AESEF Scholarship Fund
    This grant honors the legacy of Laurence H. “Larry” Estrin, a pro audio industry innovator who introduced numerous engineering advancements in wireless RF technology, broadcast production and live sound. This grant is offered to students with a demonstrated commitment to audio engineering in the broadcast industry.

Related: Larry Estrin: 60-Second Interview, Dec. 6, 2017

  • Genelec Dr. Ilpo Martikainen Audio Visionary Scholarship
    Coinciding with its 40th anniversary in 2018, Genelec announced the creation of a scholarship honoring its innovative and entrepreneurial founder. The Genelec Dr. Ilpo Martikainen Audio Visionary Scholarship is offered annually to U.S. graduate students in the field of audio engineering who are members of the Audio Engineering Society and have a passion for advancing audio through innovation and technology development.

Related: The Next Generation of Genelec, by Barney Jameson, May 30, 2018

  • Advancing Audio – The Tom Kite Scholarship
    This scholarship honors Tom Kite’s legacy of dedication to engineering excellence in audio and audio measurement, as well as his achievements within the AES and as vice president of engineering at Audio Precision, the scholarship’s sponsor. The scholarship is offered to students who have a passion for advancing audio through innovation and technology development.
  • Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund
    This fund was established as a way to thank Swedien for his many celebrated contributions to the industry and to help aid young recording engineers who believe in putting “Music First!” as is Swedien’s mantra.

Related: Bruce Swedien on Compression, Mentoring and His New Book, by Clive Young, Dec. 6, 2017

  • The Emil Torick Award
    This scholarship honors former AES Foundation president and founding member Emil Torick. It’s awarded annually to an outstanding student with exceptional career goals. Torick held 16 patents and authored more than 60 technical publications. He served on the National Radio Systems Committee and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Radio Consultative Committee in Geneva.

Related: Colleagues Remember Emil Torick, by Paul J. McLane, Dec. 6, 2017

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