Financial Aid for Youth and School Groups

Our goal is to serve as many schools as possible, while providing a unique and stellar learning experience for all students

In an effort to better serve the community and in partnership with many generous supporters, Birch Aquarium at Scripps offers financial aid to schools in need. 

Financial Aid Opportunities

If you are a teacher or educator at a school in need and are interested in scheduling a program with us, we encourage you to apply for financial aid. If your school is listed at the bottom of this page then you also may be eligible for support through the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund. 

Financial assistance, in the form of a scholarship, will help offset the costs for our Virtual School and Youth Group Programs.

Please complete the application prior to booking your program.  If you have questions, please email us at or call 858-534-7336.

Apply for Financial Aid


How to Apply For Financial Aid

Applications for financial aid must be submitted each school year. If you are interested in receiving financial aid, please review the application process below. Funding is not guaranteed each year as a school’s qualifying criteria may change.

  • One application per reservation should be completed when applying on behalf of multiple classes or an entire grade level. A single application does not qualify for the whole school. Awarded funding will only be applied toward your reservation.
  • If approved for financial aid, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to proceed with scheduling your program(s).

Apply for Financial Aid


Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund 2020-21

Through the generosity of Price Philanthropies and other donors, the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund was established to increase access to hands-on ocean science education by delivering our Aquarium Outreach programs directly to schools in need in City Heights and surrounding areas. In the 2020-21 school year, we will deliver our outreach programs virtually, and are focusing on City Heights elementary schools in the Hoover and Crawford clusters as well as elementary classes that feed into our 6th grade Beach Science program. We are able to provide up to 130 free Virtual Outreach programs for grades K-5.

The following elementary schools are eligible for fully funded programs through the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund:

  • Hoover Cluster schools:
    • Adams Elementary
    • Central Elementary
    • Cherokee Point Elementary
    • Euclid Elementary
    • Edison Elementary
    • Franklin Elementary
    • Hamilton Elementary
    • Joyner Elementary
    • Normal Heights Elementary
    • Rosa Parks Elementary
    • Rowan Elementary
  • Crawford Cluster schools:
    • Carver Elementary
    • Clay Elementary
    • Euclid Elementary
    • Fay Elementary
    • Ibarra Elementary
    • Marshall Elementary
    • Oak Park Elementary
    • Rolando Park Elementary
  • Beach Science program feeder schools:
    • Audubon K-8
    • Baker Elementary
    • Balboa Elementary
    • Burbank Elementary
    • Chavez Elementary
    • Chollas/Mead Elementary
    • Encanto Elementary
    • Fulton K-8
    • Golden Hill K-8
    • Horton Elementary
    • Johnson Elementary
    • Kimbrough Elementary
    • Lincoln Acres Elementary (National School District)
    • Logan K-8
    • Monarch (SD County Office of Education)
    • Nye Elementary
    • Perkins K-8
    • Porter Elementary
    • Rodriguez Elementary
    • San Diego Global Vision Academy
    • Sherman Elementary
    • Valencia Park Elementary
    • Webster Elementary

The following Virtual Aquarium Outreach programs are available through the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund:

  • Kindergarten: Tide Pool Treasures
  • 1st Grade: Colossal Kelp
  • 2nd Grade: Sandy Shores
  • 3rd Grade: Fish Diversity
  • 4th Grade: Sensational Sharks
  • 5th Grade: Creatures of the Kelp

Eligible schools may apply by filling out our Price Philanthropies Virtual Aquarium Outreach form.

For questions, please email Emily Arnold, Manager of Youth and Community Programs: