San Antonio Zoo Les Whitt Memorial Scholarship
The San Antonio Zoo Les Whitt Memorial Award was created to honor the memory of Robert Leslie “Les” Whitt, former director of the Alexandria Zoological Park in Alexandria, Louisiana. The Award, which promotes advanced training in animal husbandry for zoo and aquarium colleagues from countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin, provides full scholarship funding to participate in either of the following Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) professional training program courses: Managing Animal Enrichment and Training Programs or Principles of Program Animal Management.
The San Antonio Zoo provides annual funding for this scholarship.
2019-2020 Program Year Applications:
The 2019-2020 application submission, review, and selection period has been completed. Congratulations to Luis Soto-Rendo of the Guadalajara Zoo for being selected as this year's San Antonio Zoo Les Whitt Memorial Scholarship recipient.
Applicants must be employees or associates of Latin American zoological institutions or related facilities. For this scholarship, preference is given to keepers or curatorial staff.
Applicants must possess a functional proficiency in English.
Individuals may submit only one scholarship application per year.
HOW TO APPLY
E-mail a copy of your completed application to
Please include a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV)
Send questions to
Applications and supporting materials must be submitted by 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time on August 1, 2019.
A committee comprised of representatives from ZCOG and the sponsoring institution will review the applications and select the scholarship recipient.
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WAYS YOU CAN ACT
Contact ZCOG for details on how your institution can establish an annual conservation scholarship award