The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce that 28 Junior Scholarships have been awarded to students from 19 states. The scholarships for high school, college and graduate school students range from $1,000 to $3,000 for each student. Among the recipients is Sara Carignan of Covington, Ga.
"This year's recipients have demonstrated academic success as well as impressive AKC involvement and we are happy to honor each of them with an AKC Junior Scholarship," said Mari-Beth O'Neill, AVP of Customer Service. "We wish them well as they complete their education and look forward to their participation in AKC events and clubs for many years to come."
Applicants were evaluated based on academic history and involvement in the sport of purebred dogs with special consideration for those who were active in AKC clubs and events. In addition, applicants were required to submit an essay describing their future involvement in purebred dogs and with the AKC.
The 28 recipients represent a cross section of the students today, with participation in many different AKC events. Students range from second and third generation exhibitors to those who found their way to their first dog events by chance. Their achievements include achieving Breeder of Merit status, qualifying for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Junior Showmanship Competition, competing at the AKC National Agility Championship and AKC National Obedience Invitational, AKC Agility World Team Member, and becoming Honor Society members and Class Valedictorians. Future aspirations of this year's winners include veterinary school, entering the chemistry, biology, business and teaching fields and, of course, remaining involved in AKC events and clubs.
The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a nonprofit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the U.S. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.