E.W. Scripps Associates

Be a Partner in Exploration

E.W. Scripps Associates (EWSA) is a premier group of annual donors who make a difference in the global research conducted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists. Members learn about ocean, earth, and climate science first-hand from Scripps scientists at "behind-the-scenes" events and are given special access to Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Please join us in protecting our planet for future generations.

Please save the date for our next event:

E.W. Scripps Associates presents
Behind-the-Scenes at Scripps at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

$35* for E.W. Scripps Associates and Friends of the Collections members and guests of members
$65* for general public admission.
Free for children under 18, not suitable for children under 13.
*event fees are not tax-deductible

Wine and cheese reception and lab tours to be included. More information to be posted shortly. Please contact Meredith at: mcaccese@ucsd.edu or 858-534-6945 for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tom and Maxine Baker have generously offered to match gifts up to $12,500 to establish the E.W. Scripps Associates Endowed Student Prize Fund. These gifts will support graduate student research projects. Click here to learn more about the match from Tom and Maxine or download a gift form here to support the fund.

Giving Levels and Benefits

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E.W. Scripps Associates offers a number of annual giving levels from which to choose:


(UC San Diego Alumni: $750)
(Scripps Oceanography Alumni: $500)

  • Invitations to “behind-the-scenes” science events featuring Scripps scientists and students*
  • Exclusive pier tour guided by a Scripps scientist or student
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, seasonal events, and the monthly Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture series
  • Dual Membership at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, which includes:
    • Free unlimited admission for two adults
    • Four guest passes and four discount coupons
    • OnBoard newsletter and explorations e-magazine
    • 10% discount at the Aquarium Gift Shop and Splash! Cafe

*Small fee charged to offset program expenses. No fee charged at Researcher level and above.


All above benefits and:

  • Pier key- allowing unlimited access to the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier
  • Up to two free admissions to each EWSA science event
  • Invitation to intimate “Members Only” events
  • Invitation to a special annual reception with recipient of the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest and priority seating at the Nierenberg Prize ceremony


All above benefits and:

  • Up to four free admissions to each EWSA science event
  • Lunch with a Scripps scientist


All above benefits and:

  • Invitations to exclusive research expeditions

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Our E.W. Scripps Associates had the opportunity to tour R/V Melville in February 2014 (photo gallery), which was docked at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma. This facility is the support and management center for the Scripps fleet of research vessels, and is one of the largest operating bases at any oceanographic institution. You may also click on the image gallery on the right side of the screen to view photos from this and other EWSA events.

Read about the EWSA 20th Anniversary commemoration at Scripps's new MESOM building

"Return from the Deep," a video recording of our E.W. Scripps Associates event featuring deep ocean research at Scripps, premiered on UCSD-TV. Tune in to share the adventure with Scripps scientists and students who have explored the ocean depths and come away with amazing results. From discovery of the first known methane seeps off San Diego to video and images from the deepest place on earth, we welcome you to take a sneak peek into the abyss. http://www.uctv.tv/shows/Return-From-the-Deep-24270


For more information about joining E.W. Scripps Associates call 858-822-1865 or email supportscripps@ucsd.edu