Aquarium of the Pacific Announces 2023 African American Scholars

Aquarium of the Pacific Announces 2023 African American Scholars

March 9, 2023 0

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., announced its 2023 cohort of African American Scholars during the Aquarium’s annual African American Festival. The 2023 scholars were selected by a committee including Aquarium staff members and members of the community and include five undergraduate students, two masters students, and three Ph.D. students from eight different schools throughout California.

The African American Scholar Program provides a financial award of $10,000 to support each recipient’s studies and exploration of fields related to the work of the Aquarium. Beyond the monetary award they receive, each scholar has the opportunity to engage with the Aquarium to explore their career interests and learn more about the education and conservation efforts of the Aquarium. 

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.

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 learn more about this program visit: https://www.aquariumofpacific.org/multimedia/africanamericanscholar

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