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Individual Scholarships

INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium provides a wonderful environment to learn about our natural world.  The Melvin B. Dodge Scholarship Fund and the Columbus Zoo Education Scholarship Fund were established to provide for families in need of financial assistance to attend educational programs at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
 

Melvin B. Dodge Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in honor of Mel Dodge who was an avid supporter of the Columbus Zoo.  Mel believed all children in Franklin and Delaware Counties should have the opportunity to enjoy the Zoo and to learn about our natural world.  The Dodge family established this scholarship for children and families who may not otherwise be able to benefit from the educational offerings at the Zoo.
 

Columbus Zoo Education Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was made possible through the generosity of other educational program participants who believe all children should have the opportunity to enjoy the Zoo and learn about our natural world, regardless of the ability to pay.
 

What can scholarship funds be used for?

The most common use of funds is for our Summer educational programs; however, funds are available for many of our Family Programs.  Some of these programs include:
• ZooKids – Summer, School Year, Decembrrrfest!
• Summer Experience Day Camps – including Before and After Care
• Holiday Camps – Summer, Winter, Martin Luther King
• Camp-Ins – Camp-Ins, Family Overnights
• Other – Call for other available programs
Scholarship funds cannot be used for transportation assistance.
 

Who qualifies for Individual Scholarship Funds?

Scholarships are awarded to fund need-based individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend Education activities.  Please note the following:
• Scholarship funds do not include transportation assistance. 
• One scholarship per participant may be awarded annually.  If applying for multiple children, submit one form per child.
• Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the activity begins.
 

How to Apply 

• Individuals living in Franklin or Delaware counties should apply for the Melvin B. Dodge Scholarship.  Individuals living outside Franklin and Delaware counties should apply for the Columbus Zoo Education Scholarship.
CLICK HERE to download the Individual Scholarship Application.
• Download the appropriate scholarship application. 
• One scholarship per participant may be awarded annually. 
• If applying for multiple participants, submit one form per participant. 
• Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the activity begins.
• Please allow two weeks to receive notification of your approval status.
• Mail, email, or fax completed application to:
 
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Attn:  Conservation Education Department
9990 Riverside Dr, PO Box 400
Powell, OH 43065
educlass@columbuszoo.org
Fax:  (614) 724-3653
 
Questions?  Email educlass@columbuszoo.org or call (614) 645-3488.