Financial Aid Outreach Application

The Aquarium Express Van can travel to your school, bringing with it the wonders of the ocean, earth, and atmosphere. Students will experience a variety of hands-on programs, all in the comfort of their own classrooms.

To read more about these programs, please visit Book an Aquarium Express Outreach.

Financial Aid Opportunities

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 disbursements are issued from the following funds:

  • General Financial Aid
  • Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund

If you are applying specifically for aid from the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund, please note the following required criteria:

  • School site is within San Diego County
  • School site is within 70 miles driving distance of Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • School has Title 1 status
  • Minimum of 70% of school's students receive free and reduced lunch
  • Grade levels K-12
Are you a Title I school?

Please list 3 potential dates that would be preferred for your Aquarium Express Outreach program(s).

Please include the following information about each class that will receive a program. We encourage one teacher to apply for all classes within their grade level. If you are applying for aid from the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund, you must book a minimum of 3 labs per day to take advantage of these fully funded programs.

If you are applying on behalf of more than 4 classes, please include the following information for those additional classes:
  • Teacher full name
  • Grade level
  • Lab program
  • Number of students

We would like to know more about your facility or group's desire to participate in an Aquarium Express Outreach.

Our programs involve the transportation of many materials and sometimes include live animals. To reduce set up time and stress on the animals, one consistent space/classroom is required for all sessions. Instructors cannot go classroom to classroom.

At least one supervisory teacher must be present during the entire outreach program. Parent volunteers are encouraged to help.

To receive funding from our financial aid endowments, an application must be submitted each school year. Financial aid is not guaranteed, regardless of a school's financial aid status from previous years' applications. Each teacher/group leader who is responsible for booking a program will need to fill out a Financial Aid application.