Gary Clarke & Clayton Freiheit Scholarship

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

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Grant amount: Approximately US $1,200

Anticipated deadline: Jul 12, 2020 8:59pm 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

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This scholarship honors two people who demonstrated a commitment to mentoring younger professionals throughout their careers within AZA zoos and aquariums. It is named after Gary Clarke, former director of the Topeka Zoo, and Clayton Freiheit, former president/CEO of Denver Zoo. Clarke was a founding member of AAZPA (now AZA). Both Clarke and Freiheit served terms as Chairs of the AZA Accreditation Commission and as AZA board presidents.

This scholarship provides opportunities to individuals who demonstrate leadership potential within the zoo and aquarium industry and may be applied to any of the AZA Professional Training Courses.

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


  • Current Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) individual Members who are employees in AZA accredited zoo or Aquarium or related facility may apply.

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


  • Preference will be given to those whose current work demonstrates excellence in furthering the institution's mission as well as promoting collaboration within the institution, with other AZA institutions, or with local community partners.


  • Those who received an AZA scholarship within the past three years will not be considered for this award.