Aquarium of the Pacific African American Scholar Program Now Taking Applications

The program provides financial support and community engagement to talented African American students pursuing marine science fields of study related to the work of the Aquarium and seeks to provide continued involvement in fields related to the Aquarium for deserving African American students to bring diverse minds to solving the issues facing our planet and its inhabitants.

Apply Here! Fall 2022

Since 2021, the Aquarium has named 21 recipients of this scholarship. They have participate in various Aquarium programs, including writing for the member magazine, serving as judges in our high school film festival, creating films for our early childhood education partners, and serving as “Ask a Scientist” at Aquarium events and through social media. The scholars also attend in a fall symposium to strengthen their connection to the Aquarium and to each other. Symposium activities usually include opportunities to meet with Aquarium staff members, hear from a panel of STEM professionals, and connect with high school students from the Long Beach Unified School District.

Major program supporters for 2022 include The Ahmanson Foundation, Lori Prince and Robert Hum, Poms & Associates, Kathie Eckert and Schulzman-Neri Foundation.

The public is also invited to support the Aquarium’s African American Scholar program. For the third year in a row, an anonymous donor has pledged matching gift of $10,000 to encourage others to support this program. To make a donation, visit the African American Scholar Fund.

2021 Recipients

2021 Scholarship Presentations

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