Community Outreach Scholarship Fund

The WAVE Foundation has developed a Community Outreach Scholarship Fund to help provide funding to bring our outreach programs to local area schools. Each qualifying school will receive three outreach programs delivered by the WAVE Foundation. Teachers will be able to choose from different programs aligned with state-standard based curriculum to best supplement their current lessons. All programs include live animals such as African Penguins, American Alligators and Coral Catsharks, with an emphasis on participatory learning activities to reinforce the lessons being taught.

The WAVE Foundation’s overarching goal for the Community Outreach Scholarship Fund is to support the ability of underprivileged elementary and middle schools in the Tri-State area to access the Aquarium’s wildlife resources through our community outreach programs. We believe the Aquarium’s resources should be a part of every area child’s experience.

Outreach scholarship funding is provided by a donation through the WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium. Applying for the scholarship does not automatically qualify your school to receive funding. Funding is granted based on need and other applications received. This is not for an entire school and must be classroom based only with a maximum of 30 students.

Community Outreach Scholarship Fund

Thanks to the Louis & Louise Nippert Foundation, Charles H Dater Foundation and the Haile Foundation, the WAVE Foundation is offering a scholarship to bring our outreach programs to all tri-state area students. The Community Outreach Scholarship Fund will provide funding for Tri-State schools with a minimum of 70% free and reduced lunch.

Application Deadline

Applications are now being accepted through April 30, 2019. Programs must be booked by May 31, 2018.


  • Program must be completed by May 31, 2019
  • Schools must be within 30 miles of Newport Aquarium
  • Schools must have 75% or more of students on the free/reduced lunch program.
  • Teachers must fill out the Community Outreach Scholarship Application Form and attach a description of how this program will enhance learning in their classroom (150 word minimum).
  • Teachers must complete a survey after the outreach is completed.
  • Only two (2) programs per teacher.

The Community Scholarship Outreach Fund is provided by:


For more information please contact our Education Curator at or by phone at 859-815-1442

Choose from the Following Animal Programs  

Career Talk


Do you want to be a marine biologist or work at an aquarium?  This program talks about everything it takes to make that dream come true!  We will discuss college and class options, the different fields in biology as well as important study skills and interview tips to help foster success!

Program includes a live animal chosen by the WAVE Foundation to enhance the experience.

Scales & Tails


Discover the reptilian world during this unique experience as we feature a lizard, a snake and a turtle or tortoise! We will ask our audience (whether they be students, kids, adults) to join us in learning what it takes to be a reptile.  This program will cover the animal’s natural history, including basic facts, adaptations and specialized features these animals display to succeed in the wild.

Live animals could include a lizard, snake and either a turtle or tortoise.

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Croc Talk


We will discuss what it means to be a reptile then have an in-depth conversation about Crocodilians: crocodiles, alligators, gharials, and caimans. We use animal artifacts which includes skulls of crocodiles, alligators, and gharials, and a poster of all the different species of crocodilians and figurines to show morphology. You’ll discover the differences between each species and in the end be able to tell them apart with just a glance!

Program includes a live American Alligator and a number of crocodilian skull replicas and artifacts

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Turtle Time


Are you ready to experience true Turtle Power?! Can you tell the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? In this class, we talk about the actual differences between turtles and tortoises then discuss some simple conservation practices that you can do to help protect these amazing animals! We also talk about each species of turtle or tortoise that we bring and their adaptations for survival.

Live animals will include will include 3 different turtle and tortoise species.

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12  



This is another more specialized version of our Scales and Tails program. Snakes (three different species) are brought to the presentation to be discussed and compared to each other. We usually try to bring a small, medium and large species of snake to show the diversity of this group of animals. We talk about reptiles in general and more specifically: snakes.

Live animals include a small, medium and large snake species.

African Penguin


Do you want a penguin to waddle around you?! Then this is the program for you! We will bring a live African Penguin along with animal artifacts and discuss everything penguin. We will talk about specific adaptations that African Penguins have and how not every penguin lives in the deep cold. We will also discuss their natural history, predators and the specific threats that humans pose against their species. *(Other restrictions apply).

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Shark Cart


The Shark Cart was new in 2015 and brings live sharks to you! This program demystifies common misconceptions about sharks and gets you up-close and personal with these amazing creatures! In addition to the live sharks, several animal artifacts are used in this presentation such as shark jaws, shark fin soup, and shark eggs. By the end you will discover how you can make a difference in shark conservation!*(Other restrictions apply).

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Ray Cart

The Ray Cart is a new addition for 2017 and provides students and community members the chance to see up close the amazing swimming strategy of these yellow sting rays! They are closely related to sharks, but have an incredibly different body shape and survival method. This program will cover these differences and similarities as well as how we can all work to be a part of their conservation!

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12

Tri-State Treasures

The Freshwater Cart is a new program in 2018 where people can learn about the importance of freshwater conservation through the interaction with two native species! The Lake Sturgeon was once in the Ohio River, but is now locally extinct, and the Box Turtle is currently vulnerable to extinction. This program allows people to learn about these prehistoric animals, how they can help endangered animals in their area, and how they can help save their local waterways. This truly is a one-of-a-kind program!

Lesson Plans:     K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12