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Orlando, Fla. (October 30, 2014) – SeaWorld Orlando announces a new scholarship program that will reward high school seniors in Orange County, Fla., for their academic performance and passion for animals and the environment.  A total of $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded to area high school seniors to use at any college or university they plan to attend.

“SeaWorld Orlando’s scholarship program recognizes student leaders who are passionate about protecting and preserving our environment, for both people and wildlife,” said Judy Jenkins, SeaWorld Orlando’s Director of Education & Conservation. “We want to encourage students to continue their education and help others appreciate our vital connection to the natural world, which aligns closely with our mission at SeaWorld – to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share.”

High school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply for this scholarship and must visit seaworldparks.com to complete the application by February 1, 2015. The application consists of questions about the student’s plans to help protect the environment. All of the applications received will be evaluated by representatives of SeaWorld’s Education & Conservation Team. They will consider originality, creativity, content, organization, neatness and the general presentation of the application.

The winners will be announced in spring 2015, and their awards will be presented by SeaWorld at the winning students’ school awards ceremony. In addition, there will be a special event held at SeaWorld Orlando for the winners and their families to celebrate their accomplishment.

In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld® animal experts have helped more than 24,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than four decades.

Visit SeaWorldCares.com  and SeaWorld.org for additional conservation and animal information.

About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment:

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires people to celebrate, connect, and care for the natural world through the power of entertainment. The company now owns 11 parks across the United States, playing host to more than 24 million guests a year and provide lasting memories through up-close animal encounters, world-class shows and rides, and high-quality themed attractions.  Locations include SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; the Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando; Aquatica San Diego in Chula Vista, Calif.; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. 

A global leader in animal care and conservation, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment cares for more than 67,000 animals including 200 endangered or threatened species. This commitment extends to animals around the world.  The company operates one of the world’s most respected animal rescue and rehabilitation programs. SeaWorld has assisted more than 24,000 orphaned, injured or ill animals over the last 50 years.

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