The American Kennel Club Awards 2008 Junior Scholarships

The American Kennel Club Awards 2008 Junior Scholarships

 

The American Kennel Club® is pleased to announce that 30 Junior Scholarships have been awarded to students from 14 states and Puerto Rico. The scholarships for high school, college and graduate school students range from $1,000 to $5,000 each for a total of $50,000.

"The students we recognize with these awards are the future leaders of our sport," said Mari-Beth O'Neill, AVP of Special Services. "Despite their youth, the honorees have already reached the highest levels of competition in many AKC events. We feel that they should be rewarded for their dedication to dogs and it is our hope that with this scholarship they will continue their growth and development throughout their college years."

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 experience in the fancy, the significance of the sport in their lives and ways in which they have been an ambassador for purebred dogs in their schools and communities. 

The 30 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, winning a height class at the AKC National Agility Championship, and becoming National Merit Scholars and Class Valedictorians. Future aspirations of this year's winners include going on to veterinary and law school, entering the business and teaching fields and, of course, remaining involved in AKC events and clubs.

2008 AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients

Name

State

Charlotte Anderson

Kentucky

Lindsey Beckendorf

Minnesota

Candace Blomquist

Washington

Zena Brenner

California

James Clark

Indiana

Kelly Corcoran

Minnesota

Joshua Fisher

Illinois

Elizabeth Goodman

North Carolina

Jessica Hanson

Minnesota

Daneka Hedges

Ohio

Kristin Heiden

Illinois

Raul Hernández-Rubio

Puerto Rico

Megan Hill

California

Michael Kennedy

North Carolina

Katie Konesky

New York

Meagan LaMendola

New York

Kathryn Madison

California

Cecelia Madsen

New York

Christopher Matthews

Florida

Meghan Munter

Washington

Maria Neff

Ohio

Samantha Newton

Texas

Katherine Peed

Oregon

Elizabeth Ridley

Minnesota

Remy Smith-Lewis

California

Leah Tedesco

Illinois

Anders Thoreson

Washington

Regina Triplett

New York

Kathleen Waldock

Arizona

Hannah Wolfshohl

Texas