Dickerson Park Zoo Conservation Education Scholarship

The Dickerson Park Zoo Conservation Education Scholarship is sponsored by Dickerson Park Zoo of Springfield, Missouri and managed by Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG). The award may be applied only towards the Conservation Education: Effective Program Design professional training course.

The Dickerson Park Zoo Conservation Education Award honors excellence in conservation education programming and promotes the development of conservation leadership capacity among our Latin American zoo and aquarium colleagues. Full scholarship funding is awarded to Latin American zoo and aquarium professionals interested in participating in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's (AZA) Conservation Education: Effective Program Design professional training course; a week-long program that provides zoo and aquarium educators with a comprehensive overview of how to develop, implement, and evaluate education programs and interpretive exhibit elements.

Scholarship Application

Visit the ZCOG website and download the 2015 scholarship application from a link near the bottom of the page. Full submission information is included in the application.  Only one scholarship application may be submitted per individual per year.

Please note: If you do not receive the award and plan to take the course anyway, the scholarship application does not represent a reserved space in an AZA course. To secure a space in a course you must submit a completed registration form, and pay the tuition in full. If you receive the award, your full tuition payment will be refunded.

Detailed Award Coverage

ZCOG awards cover the following AZA training course related expenses:

  • Course registration (full)
  • Round-trip airfare from the award recipient’s point of origin to the destination city hosting the workshop (full)
  • Round-trip airport shuttle ground transportation within the continental United States (full)
  • Hotel/lodging throughout the duration of the course (based on double occupancy rate)

Logistics

  • Course registration: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s course registration.
  • Airfare: The award recipient shall forward a preferred travel itinerary, including departure and return dates, to ZCOG. ZCOG will arrange the award recipient’s airfare. The group will not reimburse award recipients for airfares purchased without first consulting ZCOG. Travel will be limited to dates surrounding the course.
  • Ground Transport: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s ground transportation.
  • Hotel/Lodging: ZCOG will cover hotel/lodging expenses for the award recipient via direct payment to the hotel. Lodging arrangements will be made by the AZA Professional Development Department.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided as part of the accommodations or courses. Dinners are mostly on your own.
  • Travel VISA: ZCOG will, if necessary, draft a letter of support that the award recipient can use for their US Travel VISA interview. 

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