Margaret A. Dankworth Management Scholarship

Successful applicants for the Margaret A. Dankworth Management Scholarship should demonstrate leadership ability or leadership potential and a commitment to professional growth.

Applicants must be AZA individual members employed in an AZA zoo, aquarium or related facility. Members of international AZA institutions are welcome to apply. This award is based on merit alone and not on need. This award may be applied to Effective Leadership: Foundation & Development. More course information coming soon!

Scholarship Application

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. 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. 

Application Timeline 
  • Applications open August 26, 2022
  • Applications due before Midnight Eastern Standard Time on September 30, 2022
  • Recipients will be notified in November 2022
  • All scholarships must be used for Professional Development courses in 2023


Application Materials:

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

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.    

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 

About Margaret A. Dankworth

1920-2011
AZA Executive Director 1972-1975

Margaret Dankworth (Peg) was born in Bellaire, Ohio, on July 22, 1920. She received her B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Business Administration and Economics and an M.A. degree from New York University.

Peg had been the Office Manager for the National Recreation Association in New York, as well as its Field Representative in the Great Lakes District (1948-1958). She then became the Assistant Executive Secretary of American Institute of Park Executives (AIPE) and then the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) (1958-1970). In this capacity, she handled the affairs of the AZA for both parent associations. After 1970, she remained with the NRPA at the Oglebay Park office in Wheeling, West Virginia. This had been the location of the AIPE office (1957-1966) and then the NRPA office (1966-1970). In the spring of 1970, the NRPA opened their Washington, D.C. office. Peg remained at the Oglebay office handling AZA affairs until NRPA consolidated with other affiliates in Washington, D.C. office.

When the AZA separated from NRPA and became an independent association in January 1972, Peg was chosen as its first Executive Secretary (later in Peg's tenure this position title was changed to Executive Director). After handling Association affairs during its crucial early years, and being instrumental in establishing the AZA Management School, she retired from AZA in March 1975. In her retirement, Peg was active in historic preservation organizations and activities. 

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