AKC Humane Fund Announces Winners of the 2016 Sir John D. Spurling, OBE, KCVO Scholarship

Today the AKC Humane Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of this year's Sir John D. Spurling Scholarship, which celebrates the human-canine bond. This honor is bestowed every year on five full-time students who are enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the well-being of dogs and the advancement of responsible pet ownership.

"Each of the five recipients has demonstrated excellence in their academic records and has community experience with pet and animal welfare," AKC CEO and President Dennis Sprung explains. "These students are the future generation of responsible pet owners and pet care professionals. We could not be more pleased to help contribute to their studies."

The scholarship recipients will be awarded $2,000 from the AKC Humane Fund, which is payable as tuition assistance to the accredited institutions in which each student is enrolled in courses of study focusing on the care of pets.

The 2016 recipients are:

Linnea Thraen of St. Paul, MN
Zong Peng of Creighton, NE
Kristina Baltutis of Burlington, NC
Olivia Cox of South Bend, IN
Lena Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM

The scholarship is named in honor of Sir John D. Spurling, Chairman of the Board of PetPartners, Inc. which provides comprehensive and affordable pet insurance to dog and cat owners throughout the United States.

For more information on the AKC Humane Fund and the other grants it offers, visit www.akchumanefund.org.

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