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The AKC Humane Fund, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the 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.

“Demonstrating dedication and responsible pet ownership is important to the AKC Humane Fund, and these five outstanding students show that they are the future of exemplary pet care professionals,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund. “Each of the recipients has demonstrated excellence in their academic records and their dedication to the well-being of dogs. They have earned this scholarship and we are pleased to award them with it.”

The AKC Humane Fund awards $2,000 to each of the five scholarship recipients, payable as tuition assistance to accredited institutions in which each student is enrolled in courses of study focusing on the care of pets.

The 2021 recipients are:

Kaitlyn Praisler- Morehead State University

Diana Chan- Tufts University

Maya Harlow- Mississippi State University

Cassie Van Hoof- Michigan State University

Madison Luker- University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

For more about other AKC Humane Fund grants, visit