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Mentors can be mentored too. Now that you are a member of the network – make full use of it. Look through the AMZAP network list of your colleagues.  Is there anyone on this list who you don’t know, but whose institution or title suggests that they could be someone from whom you could learn? You can also learn more about our mentorship program to be matched with someone who could help with your career development.

Additionally, you can review the list of grants and scholarships below to learn about funding opportunities aimed at minorities in the zoo and aquarium field that can help you advance your career and gain valuable skills.


Kirby Pitchford with a bongo.


The AAZK National Conference - Student Diversity Grant is designed to assist minority AAZK Student members currently enrolled in undergraduate programs with the costs associated with attending a National AAZK Conference. This grant will help with the registration, costs of travel, and lodging. Only Student AAZK members currently enrolled in undergraduate programs, in good standing are eligible to apply. Applicants must also self-identify as belonging to one or more of a racial or ethnic minority groups. More information is provided here, and the application form can be found here.

The STEM Action Grant program aims to bolster and support community-driven nonprofit organizations that are working to enhance the public’s understanding of science and to increase participation of underrepresented populations in STEM fields. Since 2016, the Society has awarded $586,000 to 85 organizations wanting to improve access to STEM education. More information can be found here.

The purpose of the Disney Diversity Advancement Scholarship is to provide support for in-person attendance to the AZA Mid-Year Meeting or AZA Professional Development courses. As part of the AZA’s larger commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion this scholarship is sponsored by Disney to provide support for professional development for members of an underrepresented group within the zoo and aquarium field. More information can be found here.

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