AES Educational Foundation FAQs

This Question and Answer document will assist the AES Foundation Scholarship applicant to better understand the application process. Please read before submitting the grant application or  emailing questions to AES

Any student participating in a graduate program in audio or related subjects who is a current AES member. Please refer to the Foundation website for specifics.

Any North American college senior who is a current AES member and who meets the criteria described in our website.

Yes, you must be a member in good standing of the AES. (All grades of membership qualify, including student membership.) Please include your member number on the application form so that we can verify your membership status. You can locate your member number by logging in here and clicking on “Membership Information”.

Online applications may be submitted to AES from March 15 through May 15 for graduate studies grants, and from March 15 through May 15 for the Mary Lea Simpson Scholarship.

All students apply for a general graduate grant. The Scholarship Committee selects the student who best fits the description of each named scholarship.

Graduate studies grants are generally in the two to five thousand dollar range. Only the Mary Lea Simpson Scholarship offers tuition remission for the senior undergraduate year.

Two from a major professor or academic advisor, and one from a non-educator, a distinguished professional in the field, etc.

For the Graduate Studies Grant, yes, if you are continuing graduate studies. You must also submit an application for the renewal. Follow the form, some questions are not required for renewal.

No, not for the Graduate Studies Grants. The Mary Lea Simpson Scholarship requires a three minute recording and a two minute video description.

Yes, you may request a change of program by notifying the AES Foundation.

Yes for the Graduate Studies Grant, this is a related subject.

Grants for Graduate Studies are exclusively for graduate studies. The Mary Lea Simpson Scholarship applicants must be undergraduate seniors in their final year of studies.

Yes, additional materials may be submitted before the deadline.

No, grants are only for full-time students.

Your application is reviewed by our directors who have professional backgrounds in audio and academia. They will assess your ability to significantly contribute to the audio industry.

No. The Graduate Studies Grant is for one academic year, beginning with the first semester. You may defer to the second semester.

You must complete the year for which the scholarship is given. We also hope that you will contribute to our industry and help other students in the future.

You will receive an email before August 1st.

No, the check will be mailed directly to your institution, to the contact you supply.

An email address will be supplied with your award information.

Graduate Studies Grants may be used for tuition and expenses such as room, board, books, fees, etc., only if paid through your university account.

The Mary Lea Simpson Scholarship is only for tuition.

Yes, re-applications are accepted during the application period if all criteria are met.

Scholarships are on a competitive basis. Chances may be improved with proof of your success in your studies and professional activities.

Please refer to for a full listing of colleges.

The AES Foundation does not coordinate non-Foundation scholarships.

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