National Wildlife Refuge Remarks: Roy Disney
March 14, 2003.
It still amazes me that something my Uncle Walt recorded nearly 40 years ago rings just as true today as it did then ... conservation is our responsibility, and that's why I'm delighted to be here on behalf of The Walt Disney Company to offer the National Wildlife Refuge System a birthday present. In honor of the Refuge's 100th anniversary, we are donating $100,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help establish the National Wildlife Refuge Centennial Commission Scholarship Fund.
This fund will award scholarships to graduate students from under-represented groups in order to promote excellence and broaden diversity among wildlife professionals.
Speaking very personally, I am particularly thrilled about this scholarship because a large part of my own career was involved with the study of wildlife ... although by way of the receiving end of a 16-millimeter film camera. For more than two decades, I worked on Disney's True Life Adventure series, as a cameraman, producer, director and editor. You see, long before Animal Planet, our company was using the television medium to acquaint people with the wonders of the world's wildlife.
Thanks to the National Wildlife Refuge System, we can be assured that these wonders will continue to thrive across our country. And, through this new Scholarship Fund, The Walt Disney Company hopes to continue to do its part.