Florida Sea Grant Now Accepting Applications for 2024 Aylesworth Scholarship Award

Florida Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 Aylesworth Scholarship Award from Florida university students conducting research in the marine sciences. Applications are due to Florida Sea Grant by 11:30 p.m. EST, on June 6, 2024.

The competition is open to any undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled full-time at one of Florida’s institutions of higher education, and pursuing any academic discipline having direct application in ocean science, ranging from biology, engineering and economics to food science, journalism and education. Aylesworth Scholarship recipients study many subjects that impact the fishing, seafood and marine industries.

Established in 1984 through a joint partnership between the Aylesworth Foundation for the Advancement of Marine Science, the Southeastern Fisheries Association and the Florida Sea Grant College Program, Aylesworth scholarships are a career award that support recipients each semester until their education goals are met.

In 2023, three students were selected from two Florida universities. Their research projects ranged from the development of rapid and field-deployable assays, to evaluating the utility of genetic-based tools and monitoring programs for South Atlantic red snapper. 

A complete application packet consists of the student’s resume, personal and family information, a statement of interest, a statement of career goals, a statement of financial need and completed financial information form, a photocopy of their college transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Florida Sea Grant only accepts applications from students enrolled in a Florida academic institution. Those applicants must file their applications through the eSeaGrant online portal at eflseagrant.ifas.ufl.edu.

For more information, contact Florida Sea Grant Student Programs Coordinator Cassandra Sexson at fsg-students@ifas.ufl.edu.

A one-page fact sheet is available at www.flseagrant.org/publication/aylesworth-scholarship.

We end up supporting the best students training in coastal and ocean topics which has an impact on not only the immediate future, but for futures down the road.

About the Aylesworth Foundation for the Advancement of Marine Science

Since 1984, the Aylesworth Foundation for the Advancement of Marine Science has supported university students in academic disciplines related to the marine environment. The Aylesworths believed that scientific knowledge in marine-related areas, coupled with decisions based on environmental and conservation factors, would prove to be the only way to develop, use and manage our renewable marine resources on a long-term basis. The Aylesworth Scholarship program remains the cornerstone of the foundation’s activities, but the foundation’s goals have been expanded to include the funding of research and other educational activities that benefit Florida’s marine environment. To learn more about the foundation’s legacy, watch this video: https://bit.ly/3ODGzKV.

About Aylesworth’s Fish & Bait, Inc.

Aylesworth’s Fish & Bait is a full-service fishing bait distributor founded in the mid 1940s by Ralph and Kitty Aylesworth. Today, Aylesworth’s Fish & Bait, located in St. Petersburg, Florida serves recreational and commercial fishing communities throughout the US, Caribbean, Central and South American with a full line of freshwater and saltwater baits and related products under their BAITMASTERS brand. For more information, visit https://fishandbait.com/.