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The AKC Humane FundSM is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2022 Sir John D. Spurling Scholarship, celebrating the human-canine bond. Each year, the AKC Humane Fund awards five full-time students enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the well-being of dogs and the advancement of responsible pet ownership.

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

“The AKC Humane Fund celebrates the human-canine bond. We’re pleased to do that by supporting future pet care professionals and their dedication to responsible pet ownership,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund. “We look forward to receiving another round of outstanding applicants this year.”

The AKC Humane Fund awards $2,000 to each of the five scholarship recipients, payable as tuition assistance directly to the institution where each student is enrolled in courses of study focusing on the care of pets. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in a degree or certification program at an accredited U.S. institution. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by July 31, 2022.

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