Premier Lighting Solutions Scholarship

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There is a better way for everything. Find it.
~Thomas A. Edison


Bay Lighting is excited to offer our yearly Premier Lighting Solutions Scholarship. This $500 scholarship will go to one lucky college student that continually strives to find a better way. We are looking for the best 1,000 word response to the following topic, with a focus on lighting:

2022 Scholarship Focus

Saving energy is important to a sustainable future. Converting to LED lighting is one way to save energy, yet there are several commercial businesses or government properties that are still using outdated technology. How would you convince a business owner or property manager that is still using old technology (ex. fluorescent, metal halide, incandescent) to convert their property to LED? Are there any partnerships or organizations that can help with your goal?

If you’re a student interested in finding a better way, and you meet the following eligibility requirements, we’d love to receive an application from you.
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Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for the scholarship. They must be enrolled at an accredited college, university, or graduate school and have proof of that enrollment.


Candidates for this scholarship should be in good overall academic standing at their current university and show proof of good academic standing.


Employees of Bay Lighting, their immediate families, and any person living in the same household of such individuals, are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

How to Apply


  • Applicants must submit a 1,000 word response.
  • Essay submissions open May 1 and close December 15.
  • Your essay must be original. No plagiarism. Non-original essays will be immediately disqualified.
  • All submissions should be sent to with the following information:


  1. Applicant’s full name, university name, phone number, and email address.
  2. Essay submission should be attached and in the form of a .doc or .pdf file.
  3. Please write “Scholarship Essay Submission” in the subject line of your email. 

Selection and Notification


We will judge the essay based on creativity, uniqueness of voice, and topic relevancy. The winner will be announced shortly after December 15 and notified via email.


The final selection will be judged anonymously by a selection committee. The committee’s decision shall be final. The winner will be notified and funds will be distributed shortly thereafter. The committee will not return submitted essays or materials.


The winner’s first name and college will be announced on Bay Lighting’s website and social media pages. Personal information will not be shared with third parties. Essays will not be shared and are for internal use only.

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The Scholarship


The winning student will be awarded a $500 scholarship for their efforts, which can then be used for tuition, books, or living expenses.




Please email with any questions.

Past Recipients

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2022 Winner


Thomas O.

University of Delaware


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