Jennette's Pier 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 one of the following:

  • Funding for a Jennette's Pier Visit (bus, fuel, fees, etc.).
  • Funding for an educational program during your Pier visit and any related program fees.
  • Funding for a Pier outreach program to bring our STEM programs to your school.
  • Funding for a distance learning program for your class.

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.

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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