Disney's Animal Kingdom Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Jul 14, 2018 9:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Working Professional

Funding uses: Conference

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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The Association of Zoos and Aquariums recognizes the value of human diversity in all endeavors. Diversity is the inclusion of physical, social and cultural identities among people in a defined employment or market setting, including along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender, ability, preferred language, learning styles and work styles. As the composition of the country's population changes, it is of particular importance to cultivate support for racial and ethnic diversity within the AZA institutions and in programs that are responsive to the diverse communities those institutions serve.

As part of the AZA's larger commitment to diversity, this scholarship is sponsored by Disney's Animal Kingdom to provide support for professional training for members of underrepresented group within the zoo and aquarium movement. The scholarship may be applied to any of the following courses:

  • Conservation Education- Effective Program Design
  • Creating Successful Exhibits
  • Managing for Success- Career Development
  • NatureStart

Recipients of this award will receive:

  • Course registration (full)
  • Round-trip airfare from the award recipient’s point of origin to the destination city, including baggage fees (up to $550)
  • Round-trip airport shuttle ground transportation (full)
  • Hotel/lodging throughout the duration of the course (based on double occupancy rate)
  • A stipend to cover meals and incidentals

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Members of underrepresented group who are employed in a zoo or aquarium may apply.
  • Only one scholarship application may be submitted per individual per year.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • Employment in an AZA accredited institution is not required but preferred.


  • Those who received an AZA scholarship within the past three years will not be considered for this award.
  • An individual cannot be awarded the same scholarship more than once.
  • An individual is not eligible to receive any AZA scholarship more frequently than every three years.