Dive into learning! Aquarium Scholars grants available to bring the sea to students across North Carolina – OBX Today

Dive into learning! Aquarium Scholars grants available to bring the sea to students across North Carolina - OBX Today
An Aquarium Scholars student watches a sandbar shark and native NC fish through the window of the Graveyard of the Atlantic habitat at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, which replicates the wreck of the USS Monitor.

Attention educators: Applications are open for a limited time for the Aquarium Scholars grant program, which offers funding to provide engaging educational opportunities from the North Carolina Aquariums to students from Title I or Title I eligible schools across the state at little to no cost.

This program endeavors to remove financial barriers that may prevent underserved students from experiencing the Aquariums firsthand. Opportunities include a field trip to one of the three Aquariums or Jennette’s Pier, an outreach program at the school with hands-on learning and ambassador animal encounters or a distance learning virtual program with an Aquarium educator. Regardless of the school’s location, a program is available that will engage and inspire students.

Aquarium Scholars is a partnership between the North Carolina Aquariums, North Carolina public schools and the nonprofit North Carolina Aquarium Society made possible through the generosity of private donors.

“The fabulous programs offered by the North Carolina Aquariums bring the wonder of our ocean to life, support curriculum goals and inspire students to conserve our natural world,” says Liz Baird, President and CEO of the North Carolina Aquarium Society. “We are grateful to the many donors who make the Aquarium Scholars program possible.”

Since its inception in 2018, Aquarium Scholars has distributed more than $520,000 in grants, giving educational opportunities to more than 69,000 students from 78 counties across the state. These grants have funded over 400 field trips, more than 180 outreach programs in classrooms and over 220 distance learning programs.

“The program was great,” said one teacher who received funding for an outreach program to their school through last year’s grant cycle. “Many of my students had never touched any of the animals and don’t have the funds to travel to the Aquarium or similar places. Having you come to us was a great way for them to explore animals [in] our state and the outdoor world without leaving the school.”

“My students talked about the experience for weeks,” said another 2022 grant recipient.

The application period began on May 31 and continues until September 15. Teachers from Title I or Title I eligible schools can learn more and apply at http://ncaquariums.com/aquarium-scholars