The American Kennel Club Awards 2011 Junior Scholarships

The American Kennel Club Awards 2011 Junior Scholarships

The American Kennel Club® is pleased to announce that 27 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.

“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 hope that these funds nurture their growth and development, and that they’ll continue to be active participants in AKC clubs and events long into the future.”

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 27 recipients represent a cross section of the fancy today, with participation in many different AKC events. Students range from third and fourth generation exhibitors to those who found their way to their first dog events by chance. Their achievements include winning the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Junior Showmanship Competition, competing at the AKC National Agility Championship, 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.

2011 AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients


City, State

Lindsey Beckendorf

Nicollet, MN

Candace Blomquist

Moscow, ID

Hannah Brandel

Lombard, IL

Sarah Broom

Chehalis, WA

Sara Carignan

Covington, GA

Heather Dahlin

Trumbull, CT

Anna Diaz

Burlingame, CA

Katherine Eldredge

Vernon, NY

Taylor Guillet

Mandeville, LA

Zachery Gulaboff-Davis

Salem, OR

Stephanie Hentschel

Midland, MI

Margaret Kneifel

Cary, NC

Katie Mazurowski

Colorado Springs, CO

Maria Neff

Greenville, OH

Melinda Pope

College Station, TX

Lydia Rogers

Westmont, NJ

Corinne Ruff

Sycamore, IL

Mary Schroeder

New Ulm, MN

Victoria Self

Chuluota, FL

Lauren Texter

Redlands, CA

Lauryn Vandewerff

Salem, WI

Amy West

Westcliffe, CO

Lauren Wickwire

Corvallis, OR

Emalia Williams

Anza, CA

Megan Woods

Irvington, NY

Crystal Worley

Quinlan, TX

Lauren Zimmerman

Gettysburg, PA