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AES Educational Foundation is accepting applications for grants and scholarships

Annual scholarship and grant offerings encourage talented students to pursue a career in audio engineering

The AES Educational Foundation has announced that it is now accepting applications for the annual AESEF Graduate Studies Grants and Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship. This comes as a part of the society’s mission to encourage students to pursue a career in audio engineering.

Included in the grant offerings are scholarships honouring 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 applicants, many of whom have gone on to prominent and successful careers in the audio engineering industry.

Students must be a member of the Audio Engineering Society to apply.

The Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship of full tuition for 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 Programme. The scholarship honours Mary Lea Simpson, who was a graduate of the Audio Production Programme at New England Institute of Art when she died suddenly in 2013 in a tragic building collapse. Deadline for applications is June 1.

Graduate Studies Scholarships:

Grants, including the named Scholarships, are awarded annually for exemplary students dedicated to 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. Application deadlines for AESEF grants is May 15.

Current grants include:

The John Eargle Award

This award honours AES past-president and fellow, John Eargle, who authored several seminal textbooks on audio, as well as engineering more than 250 CD releases, and was posthumously awarded a Technical GRAMMY Award in 2008. This scholarship is given annually to a student who excels in both technology and music.

Larry Estrin AESEF Scholarship Fund

This grant honours the legacy of Laurence H. “Larry” Estrin, a respected 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.

Genelec Dr. Ilpo Martikainen Audio Visionary Scholarship

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

Advancing Audio – The Tom Kite Scholarship

This scholarship honours Kite’s legacy of dedication to engineering excellence in audio and audio measurement, as well as his achievements within the AES and as VP of engineering of 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 say “thank you” for Swedien’s many celebrated contributions to the industry and to help aid young recording engineers who believe in putting the “Music First!”, as is his mantra.

The Emil Torick Award

This scholarship honours the former long term AES Foundation president and founding member, 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.

For further information, online applications and more, visit the AES Educational Foundation site at