The Aylesworth Scholarship is a joint program of the Aylesworth Foundation for the Advancement of Marine Science, the Southeastern Fisheries Association, and the Florida Sea Grant College Program. Aylesworth scholarships are available to students in all Florida universities that conduct research in the marine sciences.

Ralph and Kitty Aylesworth, long-time members of the Florida fishing industry, established the Aylesworth Foundation for the Advancement of Marine Sciences in 1984. They created the foundation to make a long-term investment in the industry which has been so good to them and their family. The Aylesworths believed that scientific knowledge in marine-related areas coupled with decisions based on environmental and conservation factors will prove to be the only way to develop, use and manage our renewable marine resources on a long-term basis.

Since 1984, Aylesworth Scholarships worth over $726,324 have been awarded to 128 students in 14 Florida Universities. Today, Aylesworth scholars contribute to the collective body of knowledge on marine and coastal issues not only in Florida, but throughout the United States.

Quick Overview

Application Opens
April 2022
Application Closes
June 1, 2022

Meet 2021 Scholars

Investing In Florida's Future

Bryan Keller, 2018 Aylesworth Scholar, earned a Ph.D. in biological oceanography at Florida State University, studying the seasonal migration of coastal sharks. In 2020, he was selected as a John A Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, and worked with NOAA for one year in Washington, D.C. to better understand policy formation.

“While working solely in one field, fisheries science or fisheries management, it is not always obvious how the two come together. I’m grateful for my experiences on both sides of the fisheries “coin” and look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to my future endeavors in fisheries.”

Scholarship Eligibility and Selection

Eligibility Information

This award is for students who are enrolled full time at a university or college in Florida interested in any academic discipline having direct application in ocean science, ranging from biology and engineering to economics and food science. It is intended to be a career award: once selected, a student may continue to receive the award each year as long as satisfactory progress is made toward degree completion. Financial need is a principal criterion.

Selection of Finalists

All application materials will be organized by the Florida Sea Grant College Program for submittal to a Foundation-appointed screening committee. The committee reviews applications and recommends top applicants. Final decisions will be made by January of 2022, and all applicants will be notified of the decision by February.

Awards will be presented to students in payments at the beginning of the spring and fall semesters. New award recipients will be recognized each year during a public event.