The program offers gifted African American students pursuing marine scientific disciplines of study connected to the mission of the Aquarium financial support and community involvement.
The Aquarium aims to lower barriers through the award and engagement experience by offering both monetary support for academic achievements and community support through networking events. In order to bring various thoughts to bear on the problems affecting our world and its inhabitants, this program aims to provide deserving African American students with ongoing involvement in Aquarium-related subjects.
The Aquarium has named 21 winners of this scholarship since 2021. In addition to writing for the member magazine, participating as judges in a high school film festival, producing videos for early childhood education partners, and acting as “Ask a Scientist” at Aquarium events and on social media, they have participated in a variety of Aquarium programs. To further develop their relationship with the Aquarium and one another, the academics also participate in a fall symposium. Meeting Aquarium staff members, listening to a panel of STEM experts, and interacting with high school students from the Long Beach Unified School District are some of the typical symposium activities.
- Awards of $10,000 will be paid out in two incremental installments. Additional details will be communicated during the time of award notification.
- Open to to California residents of any age with African American heritage with proof of acceptance or enrollment in an accredited university, community college, or trade school with a field of study in aquarium related fields.
- Aquarium of the Pacific paid employees, Board members, and their immediate families are not eligible. Volunteers and their immediate families are eligible to apply.
Applicant must register an account via the application portal and submit the required materials prior to the deadline.
- Proof of application, acceptance, or enrollment in an accredited university, community college, or trade school with a field of study related to the aquarium including ocean education, public communication, animal science, water quality, and conservation.
- For graduating high school seniors, proof of acceptance or enrollment is required before initial fund disbursement.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Completed Aquarium photo release and W9 forms.
- African American Scholar Essay – 500-750 words