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. Aylesworth scholarships are available to students in all Florida universities that conduct research in the marine sciences. The Aylesworth Foundation and Florida Sea Grant administer this scholarship program.
Any person, regardless of race, creed or country of origin, is eligible for an Aylesworth award. Aylesworth scholarships in excess of $600,000 have been awarded to more than 100 students at 14 Florida universities since 1986. A Foundation-appointed screening committee reviews applications and recommends top applicants to receive the Aylesworth award. Students may be interested in any academic discipline having direct application in marine science, ranging from biology and engineering to economics and food science.