Fort Fisher Aquarium Scholars

Welcome to our Teacher Mini-Grants Program!

Aquarium Scholars is a new partnership between the NC Aquariums, NC public schools and the nonprofit NC Aquarium Society, through which private donors help fund access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)-based Aquarium education programs for underserved students across the state.

These grants are only available for Title 1 teachers. Aquarium Scholars grant applicants can choose

  • Funding for an Aquarium visit (bus, fuel, fees, etc.).
  • Funding for an educational program during your Aquarium visit and any related program fees.
  • Funding for an Aquarium outreach program to bring Aquarium programs to your school.
  • Funding for a distance learning (live online programs with Aquarium staff and animals) program for your class.

If you are interested in applying for the Aquarium Scholars Program, please read the following information carefully and fill out the online application. 

The application period for this funding cycle has ended. 

Important Dates to Remember: 

For this funding cycle (July 2018-March 2019)

  • Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2018.
  • Applications will be reviewed and schools selected and notified by October 15, 2018.
  • Schools can contact the Aquarium Registrar to reserve programs starting October 16, 2018.

For future funding cycles (July 2019—March 2020)

  • September 13, 2019 is the application deadline. (teachers may submit applications earlier but this is the last date applications will be accepted).
  • September 30 notification will be sent to inform you of your funding status.
  • October 1 schools can begin reserving field trips/programs.
Selection Criteria: 
  • Applications requesting educational programs will be given priority consideration for funding.
  • Awards available for Title I schools ONLY.
  • Priority will be given to schools that have not participated in Aquarium programs or field trips within the last year.
  • Priority will be given to schools who effectively demonstrate on their application how this will benefit your students and enhance learning experiences in your classroom.
  • Applications must be complete with a letter from your principal verifying Title I status.
Selection Process: 
  • Grant awards are determined by availability of funds and how the application demonstrates students will benefit from participation.
  • Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis by Aquarium staff and will not be accepted after the deadline stated in “Important Dates to Remember.”
  • Schools will be notified of funding within two to three weeks of the closing date.
  • Funding cannot be used with other Aquarium specials or promotions.
  • The maximum amount of funding that can be requested is $1250.
Funding is possible due to the generous support of our sponsors. 
Aquarium Society Board of Directors
RA Bryan Foundation
Tetlow & Roy Park Aquarium Legacy Fund
The Dobo Family
Duke Energy Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Allan C. & Margaret L. Mims Foundation
Grady-White Boats
Harold H. Bate Foundation
Triad Foundation
Goodnight Education Foundation
Southern Bank



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