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African American Scholar Program

The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to announce a new scholarship program that will award funds to support African American students who demonstrate a commitment to studies related to careers in the aquarium field.

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Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to announce a new scholarship program that will award funds to support African American students who demonstrate a commitment to studies related to careers in the aquarium field, including ocean education, animal husbandry, water quality, building maintenance or facilities, microbiology, and business management. Through this program, we hope to bring meaningful opportunities in the marine sciences to African American students and to give us all the benefits of bringing diverse minds to solving the issues facing our planet.

The African American Scholar Program requirements and eligibility:

Applicant must submit the application and required materials no later than midnight on October 15, 2020. Applications may be submitted below or received via mail by the deadline at African American Scholar Program, Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Required materials:

  • Proof of acceptance or enrollment in an accredited university, community college, or trade school with field of study related to aquarium fields listed above.
  • Proof of a cumulative GPA in the most recent academic year of 3.0 or above.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Two letters of recommendation from non-Aquarium affiliated professional(s) and/or instructor(s).
  • 500-word essay describing what inspired you to pursue further education in the field of study. Describe your long-term professional goals in the aquarium field.

The scholarship is available to residents of California with African American heritage of any age as long as they meet the proof of acceptance or enrollment as listed above. Aquarium of the Pacific employees, volunteers, and Board and their immediate families are not eligible.

Award recipients will be selected by a committee made of Aquarium staff and members of the community. Recipients will be notified by December 31, 2020.

Awards will be paid out in increments (for example a four-year award would receive one quarter of the funds granted in year one of the program). Recipients must continue to provide transcripts of a 3.0 minimum GPA each quarter/semester to be eligible for the full funds. The recipients will also be invited to the Aquarium to participate in presentations, meetings and other activities during the duration of the program.

The committee is in discussions on determining the number and amounts of the awards and logistics on the implementation. This information will be posted once confirmed. If you have questions regarding the application or eligibility requirements, please email AfricanAmericanScholar@LBAOP.ORG.

African American Scholar Program

Please fill out and submit the form below. You will receive a copy of your submission to the email address you provide in the form.






This scholarship is funded through donor support. Those interested in supporting this program can make a donation online or contact the Aquarium development department by calling Ryan Ashton at (562) 951-1701 or sending an email to rashton@lbaop.org.