Professional Development Scholarship

It is important for zookeepers to stay informed of advances in the animal husbandry field and to connect with other zoo professionals. Various zoological institutions hold conferences which provide an environment for zookeepers to network, share ideas and methods, and receive training from leaders in the field.

It is our goal to send one of our chapter members to the National AAZK conference each year. We offer a scholarship to help cover conference expenses. This scholarship can also be used to attend another workshop or conference in the zoo keeping or closely-related field. This year, we are pleased to offer two scholarships! The application deadline for the professional development scholarship is June 10th, 2017. You must be an active member of both the Redwood Coast AAZK and National AAZK to qualify. We have two different grants this year! One is for the Annual National AAZK Conference for $750.00. If you would like to apply for this scholarship, complete the form here and return it to RCAAZK. For our Alternative Conference grant for $500.00, click here for the application. For information on how to join either RCAAZK or AAZK, click here.

Past Recipients

2015 - Kelsey Kuhn, AAZK conference in St. Louis, MO
2015 - Kathleen Juliano, Zoological Registrars Association Annual Conference in Seattle, WA 
2014 - Natalie Parchman, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conference in Orlando, FL
2013 - Kelsey Kuhn, AAZK conference in Greensboro, NC
2012 - Elisa Miller, AAZK conference in Syracuse, NY

Kelsey Kuhn presenting her poster entitled "Can We All Just Get Along?" at the 2015 AAZK conference in St. Louis.