Disney's Animal Kingdom Diversity Advancement Scholarship

The Disney's Animal Kingdom Diversity Advancement Scholarship is sponsored by Disney's Animal Kingdom and managed by Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The award’s purpose is to provide support for training in an education or interpretation for professionals from an underrepresented population who demonstrate a commitment to their development and leadership.

This special diversity award may be applied to the Conservation Education: Effective Program Design, Conservation Education: Leadership for an Evolving FieldManaging for Success: Career Development, Managing for Success: Organizational Development or Creating Successful Exhibits course.

Scholarship Application

Click here for the 2020 scholarship application. Full submission information is included in the application. Only one scholarship application may be submitted per individual per year. Members of international AZA institutions are welcome to apply. Applications are evaluated and recipients are chosen by the AZA Professional Development  Committee. You must be an individual member at an AZA-accredited or certified facility to apply. 

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: July 31, 2020

- Scholarship Application Form
- 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, 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.

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

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