Jennette's Pier Aquarium Scholars

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 virtual program for your class.

The application period for this funding cycle has ended. 

Important Dates to Remember: 

For this funding cycle (June 2020-March 2021)

  • Applications open on July 20, 2020
  • Applications must be submitted by September 7, 2020.
  • Applications will be reviewed and schools selected and notified by October 5, 2020.

For future funding cycles (June 2021—March 2022)

  • Applications open in July, 2021
  • Applications must be submitted by September, 2021.
  • Applications will be reviewed and schools selected and notified by October, 2021.
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. 
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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