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 Development Courses.
Click here for the 2023 application. Full submission information is included in the application. Only one scholarship application may be submitted per individual per year. Members working at 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 complete registration, and pay the tuition in full. If you receive the award, your full tuition payment will be refunded.
Any questions, contact the Professional Development Program at firstname.lastname@example.org