Scholarship Information

As a merit based scholarship, awards are determined completely by academic excellence. Students who are nominated must have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 and must come from universities that have qualified for the Besal Fund. The Board or appointed Board Committee reviews all applications from all qualified schools at the same time each spring. Each candidate must demonstrate outstanding academic performance and strong potential for careers in lighting.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must apply through the Besal Fund liaison at their participating school, as no awards are given directly to students. The application process typically includes the creation of a detailed essay where variety and creativity are encouraged. The Board will review all applications and make the final selections for awards.

The Besal Fund is administered and invested by the IESNA as a part of its Lighting Research and Education activities and is made possible by contributions from Acuity Brands Lighting, its agents and employees.

Universities must qualify in order to nominate students. The Fund invites all accredited institutions to apply for qualification. Additionally, each university will need to appoint a faculty representative to serve as their Campus Liaison between their institution and the Fund’s liaison (

Qualified Schools

Please see below for a list of schools qualified to award the Besal Fund Scholarship.

Besal Liaison: Dr. Michelle Eble-Hankins
Assistant Professor of Practice

Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
104C Peter Kiewit Institute
1110 South 67th St. 
Omaha, NE  68182-0176 

Ph: 402-554-2497

Besal Liaison: Sandra Vasconez

Ph: 303-492-7614



Besal Liaison: Dr. Rick Mistrick

University of Kansas

Department of Architectural
104 Engineering A Building
University Park, PA 16802

Ph: 814-863-2083 / 2086
F: 814-860-4789



Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Besal Liaison: Dan Ferring

Ph: 518-687-7100 


Besal Liaison: Dr. Hongyi Cai

2134C Learned Hall
Lawrence, KS  66405

Ph: 785-864-2597



Besal Liaison: Fred Hasler

1700 Anderson Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: 785-532-6011




Lithonia Lighting
One Lithonia Way
Conyers, Georgia 30012

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