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Philadelphia Zoo Announces Partnering Colleges & Universities for the
Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Zoo CREW Scholarship Fund

Philadelphia, PA - (May, 13, 2013) - On Tuesday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m., Philadelphia Zoo will announce the colleges and universities that have signed on as partners of the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Zoo CREW Scholarship Fund totaling $1,000,000 over the next 10 years. These 10 institutions are making an investment in the future of high achieving urban youth graduating from the innovative Zoo Champions for Restoring Endangered Wildlife (Zoo CREW) program, which inspires and guides teens in conservation action that directly helps endangered animal species. Their participation will provide the opportunity for each incoming student to build a financial savings over their three years in Zoo CREW. Each year, students have to qualify for their scholarship by meeting performance goals and objectives that directly align with the Zoo’s commitment to environment, service learning and community.

Launched in 2011, Zoo CREW demonstrates the Zoo’s commitment to fostering the next generation of wildlife and environmental stewards among deserving urban youth. As part of Zoo CREW, students take their experience and knowledge out into their neighborhoods and communities. The program creates the opportunity for meaningful community service, builds civic and environmental responsibility and strengthens overall connections among the underserved communities. Through a consecutive three-year ladder program, students are provided with a platform to become conservation leaders.

“In the spirit of 2013, which we have deemed the Year of the Next Generation, Zoo CREW offers another vehicle for us to fulfill our responsibility to educate future generations about the serious issues facing wildlife and the environment. This program gives an opportunity to inspire urban youth as future agents for environmental change,” says Philadelphia Zoo President and CEO, Vikram H. Dewan. “With this scholarship fund, we aim to have 100% of all Zoo CREW graduates attending college go on to major in science and environmental education.”

The colleges and universities helping the Zoo reach its goal are:
• Arcadia University
• Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
• Drexel University
• Eastern University
• LaSalle University
• Lincoln University
• Peirce College
• Rosemont College
• Rutgers University-Camden
• Temple University

For more information about Zoo CREW and the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Zoo CREW Scholarship Fund, please visit www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.

ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO:
America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Philadelphia region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To become a member, donate or to purchase tickets please visit www.philadelphiazoo.org