As a merit-based scholarship, award determinations are based upon academic excellence, faculty and professional recommendations, as well as the demonstration of lighting interest/skills as exhibited in submitted materials. Candidates must hold a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 in lighting-related programs at universities which have qualified for Besal Fund participation. The Fund Board, or appointed Board Committee, reviews all applications submitted by the specified deadline from all qualified students/schools in the spring of each year. Each candidate must demonstrate outstanding academic performance with a strong potential for a career in lighting.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must apply through the Besal Fund Liaison at their participating school, as no applications are accepted directly from students. The application submittal typically includes a detailed essay or case study where variety and creativity are evaluated in the scoring. The Board reviews all submittal packages and makes final selections for awards based upon performance to defined application elements.

At a Glance

  • Scholarships are merit-based.
  • Universities must first qualify in order to nominate students; the Fund will not solicit or accept applications directly from students.
  • Each candidate must demonstrate outstanding academic performance, with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 and strong potential for a career in lighting.
  • Applications from qualified schools are reviewed by the Board each spring; award recipients are selected based upon displayed academic proficiency in lighting and lighting-related disciplines, faculty and professional recommendations, and demonstration of lighting interest/skills as exhibited in submitted materials.
  • Variety and creativity are encouraged in the essay and case study. Please direct any questions regarding this to your Campus Liaison for discussion with the Besal Fund Representative/Liaison.

Universities must qualify in order to nominate students. The Fund invites all accredited institutions with disciplines in the lighting sciences and related fields 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 (besalfund@acuitybrands.com).

Qualified Schools

These schools are currently qualified to nominate student candidates for the Besal Fund Scholarship:

Penn State

Besal Liaison: Dr. Rick Mistrick

104 Engineering A Building
University Park, PA 16802

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

email: rmistrick@psu.edu


University of Colorado Boulder

Besal Liaison: Sandra Vasconez

Ph: 303-492-7614

email: sandra.vasconez@colorado.edu

University of Kansas

Besal Liaison: Dr. Hongyi Cai

2134C Learned Hall
Lawrence, KS  66405

Ph: 785-864-2597

email: hycai@ku.edu

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

email: mhankins@unl.edu

Kansas State University

Besal Liaison: Fred Hasler

1700 Anderson Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: 785-532-6011

email: fhasler@k-state.edu