Jun 23

SeaWorld Orlando Awards $5,000 Scholarships to Florida Students

Just this past week, SeaWorld Orlando awarded four extraordinary students, who have a passion for protecting and preserving the environment, with $5,000 educational scholarships toward any college or university they plan to attend as part of our company’s 2016 Environmental Scholarship Program. The students were awarded their scholarships at SeaWorld Orlando this past Friday before heading into the park with their families to celebrate.

The scholarship opportunity was made available to Florida high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The winning students demonstrated their passion for animals and the environment through a written application and a short video highlighting their environmental achievements and goals.

The applications were evaluated by our very own Education & Conservation Department. Judges considered originality, creativity, content, organization, neatness and the general presentation of the application.

While at the park, the students and their families were treated to lunch, taken on an in-depth behind-the-scenes tour with members of the SeaWorld education and zoological team, a meet and greet with a sea lion after a showing of Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High and a front row ride on Mako, Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. The scholarship recipients also received four SeaWorld Orlando Annual Passes and a tablet to bring with them to college this fall.

2016 Environmental Scholarship Award Winners

Christen Aniel from Mandarin High School (Jacksonville) - Christen Aniel has applied her passion for coral reefs to a school project that uses left over concrete from construction companies and creates artificial reefs for marine life to thrive once again on her local Jacksonville coastline.


Margaret K. Parrish from Chamberlain High School (Tampa)- Margaret Parrish designed and constructed a low-cost, portable water test kit that looks for certain bacteria in potential drinking water.


Connor Wong from Edgewood Jr. Sr. High School (Merritt Island)- Connor Wong brought his ideas to life, literally, by growing mangroves in his own backyard and planting them, in turn contributing to reforesting the Indian River Lagoon.


Gabriela Gonzalez from Charles W. Flanagan High School (Pembroke Pines)- Gabriela Gonzalez spends her time as a vet technician in Pembroke Pines while managing several foundations and organizations focusing on animals in need.

Congratulations to all of this years scholarship winners! Your passion for the environment is extraordinary and inspiring, all of us here at SeaWorld wish for your continued success as you begin your college education this fall.