Disney Diversity Advancement Scholarship

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recognizes and embraces human diversity in all its forms and facets, while also acknowledging we continue to fall short in our efforts to be equitable and inclusive. We recognize that our work to conserve wildlife and wild places is inextricably linked to issues of environmental and social justice.

Diversity results from the equitable inclusion of different physical, social and cultural identities among people including but not limited to gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, national origin, and background. It is of particular importance to cultivate racial and ethnic diversity within AZA organizations and help build organizations that are responsive to and reflective of the diverse communities they serve.  

The purpose of the Disney Diversity Advancement Scholarship is to provide support for in-person attendance to the AZA Mid-Year Meeting or AZA Professional Development courses. As part of the AZA’s larger commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion this scholarship is sponsored by Disney to provide support for professional development for members of an underrepresented group within the zoo and aquarium field.  The scholarship may be applied to any of the following offerings in 2022:

  • Avian Management, Biology and Conservation
  • Conservation Education: Effective Program Design
  • Institutional Records Keeping
  • Managing for Success: Career Development
  • Managing for Success: Organizational Development
  • Principles of Elephant Management I
  • AZA Mid-Year Meeting

Scholarship Application

Click here for the 2022 scholarship application. Full submission information is included in the application. Members of international AZA institutions are welcome to apply. Applications are evaluated and recipients are selected by the AZA Professional Development and Diversity Committees along with the Association of Minority Zoo & Aquarium Professionals (AMZAP). 

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.

Application Materials Due: December 22, 2021

- Scholarship Application Form
- Two (2) Letters of Reference
- Resume 

Detailed Award Coverage

  • Course registration (full)
  • Round-trip airfare from the award recipient’s point of origin to the destination city (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.

Any questions, contact the Professional Development Program at scholarships@aza.org 

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