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.

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

Important Dates to Remember: 

For 2021-2022 funding cycle

  • Funding cycle will open on July 15, 2021
  • Last day to apply for funding is September 8, 2021.
  • Award notifications will begin Oct. 1, 2021.
Selection Criteria: 
  • Funding available for North Carolina Title I schools ONLY.
  • We will select our number of awards based on available funding.
  • Applications must include the provided form from your principal verifying Title I status.
  • Priority will be given to applications that best describe student need and alignment with planned curriculum activities.
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 beginning Oct. 1, 2021.
  • Funding cannot be used with other Aquarium specials or promotions.
  • The maximum amount of funding that can be requested is $1,250


Funding is possible due to the generous support of our sponsors. 
RA Bryan Foundation
Duke Energy Foundation
Grady-White Boats
Wells Fargo Foundation
NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
Harold H. Bate Foundation
Bill & Bob Dobo Trust
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
Goodnight Educational Foundation
Allan C. and Margaret L. Mims Charitable Trust
George Smedes Poyner Foundation
Tetlow & Roy Park Aquarium Legacy Fund
Southern Bank Foundation
Triad Foundation
Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q
Rotary Club of Kinston
Walters Family Foundation

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