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The American Kennel Club Awards the 2012 Junior Scholarships

(Tuesday, May 01, 2012)

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.

“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 fancy 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.

2012 AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients

Name

State

Chelsea Ahmann

WI

Taylor Ault

TN

Amelia Brooks

MN

Sarah Broom

WA

Mckayla Brubaker

KS

Sara Carignan

GA

Alana Curtis

PA

Zachary Davis

OR

Lauren Duckworth

AL

Charles Harpole

KY

Shannon LaGassa

OH

Hollis Owens

VA

Samantha Parsons

OH

Haley Pemble

WA

Matthew Perry

TN

Amanda Prince

CA

Stephanie Rainer

NY

Bridget Ratcliffe

MD

Brittany Rosener

SC

Katelyn Scott

UT

Danielle Scott

VA

Trevor Sedlacek

NE

Victoria Self

FL

Jami Smith

ID

Katherine Spencer

FL

Evan Struke

MD

Shannon Weiss

MN

Megan Woods

NY