The AKC Awards 2005 Junior Scholarships
The American Kennel Club today announced that 58 Junior Scholarships have been awarded to students from 26 states. The scholarships for high school, college and graduate school students range from $1,000 to $5,000 each for a total of $100,000.
"The Junior Scholarship program is a special way for AKC to honor the hard work and dedication the young fanciers who are tomorrow’s leaders of our sport," said Mari-Beth O’Neill, AVP of Special Services. "From their current goals of competing and earning titles to future aspirations of becoming veterinarians, journalists, teachers and professional handlers, this year’s winners have shown a real commitment to the sport of purebred dogs."
Each student’s academic history and potential, as well as involvement in the sport of purebred dogs, were key criteria for winning the award from a field of 138 candidates. The average grade point average among the recipients was 3.75. In addition, each applicant had to submit an essay describing their experience in the fancy and the significance of the sport in their lives.
The 58 recipients represent a cross section of the fancy today, with participation in every AKC event offered to date, and ranging from third and fourth generation exhibitors to those who found their way to their first dog events by chance. Recipients listed achievements such as representing the United States on the World Agility Team, in the International Junior Competition at Crufts and the World Show, finishing homebred champions, earning multiple titles, judging Junior Showmanship, owning therapy dogs and volunteering in their communities.
2005 AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients
|Jennifer Crank||OH||Agility World Team/OB/Herding|
|Wyatt Delfino||CA||JS Judge/Borzoi/Doberman|
|Anna Kodet||WI||JS/ Papillons/6 Bred by Exhibitor Ch’s|
|Leila Bicos||CA||Rhodesian Ridgebacks|
|Emily Bisso*||LA||JS Irish Setter|
|Kaitlyn Candies||LA||JS PWD/4H|
|Tyler Cegler||MT||JS Judge/Dachshund|
|Allison Johnston*||NC||JS Judge/Papillons/OB|
|Adam King*||IN||JS/Havanese/Bred By|
|Allison McGuigan||NJ||JS/PBGV/ 4H|
|Christopher Mathews||FL||Agility MACH|
|Charlotte Anderson||WI||JS/Whippet/Lure Coursing|
|Jenny Glei||NC||OTCH/OB/Shetland Sheepdog|
|Caitlyn Glick||AL||JS/Irish Setter/Breeder|
|Rebecca Helmke||NY||OB/Agility/Rally/ 4H|
|Rebecca McDaniel||IL||Agility/Herding/Bred 10 CHs/CWC|
|Holly Niece-Tuttle||CO||JSJudge/OB/JH/Golden Retriever|
|Karen Potter||MI||JS/MH/4H /GWP/Vizsla|
|Eve Rivinus||OR||JSJudge/2004 Intern/Beagle|
|Gabrielle Tesarz*||NC||JS/Show Chair/Poms|
|Krystle Bounds||MD||JS/OB/Agility/Bred CH/PWC|
|Kimberly Carpenter||CA||JS/Goldens Retriever|
|Revecca Clas||MD||JS/Bred ByCH/Staffordshire Bull|
|Laura Coulter||IL||Agility/4H Leader//Border Collie|
|Jenna Dell||NY||JS/Bred CH/Weimaraner|
|Peter Kubacz||NJ||JSJudge/Irish Setter/2004 Intern|
|Anne Marie Lyons||TX||Agility/Border Colloe|
|Jenny Murtough||NY||OB/Agility/TDI/Staffordshire Bull|
|Kara Nelson||CA||OB/Agility/TDI/Golden/Border Collie|
|Kristen Nelson||CA||OB/Agility/Border Collie/Golden|
|Elizabeth Wilkins||MN||CH’s/4H/Bernese Mt.Dog|
|Meagan Withrow||CA||Agility/4H/Bearded Collie|
* Indicates that individual will be an AKC intern for the summer 2005 term.