A program to help underserved students experience North Carolina Aquariums is accepting applications through Sept. 15.
Students from Title I or Title I-eligible schools across the state are eligible for the grant program, Aquarium Scholars. Title 1 is a federal education program that helps schools meet educational needs of students living near or at poverty levels.
Teachers can learn more and apply on the N.C. Aquariums website. The application period began May 31.
“This program endeavors to remove financial barriers that may prevent underserved students from experiencing the Aquariums firsthand,” organizers said. “Regardless of the school’s location, a program is available that will engage and inspire students.”
Through Aquarium Scholars, students will have the opportunity to take a field trip to one of the three aquariums — Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores or Fort Fisher — or Jennette’s Pier, participate in an outreach program at their school where there will be hands-on learning and and a chance to meet ambassador animals, or take part in a virtual program with an aquarium educator.
Aquarium Scholars is a partnership between the North Carolina Aquariums, North Carolina public schools and the nonprofit North Carolina Aquarium Society.
“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,” Liz Baird, president and CEO of the N.C. Aquarium Society, said in a statement. “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 to more than 69,000 students from 78 counties. The grants have funded more than 400 field trips, more than 180 outreach programs in classrooms and over 220 distance learning programs, according to the aquarium.