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The AKC Humane Fund, Inc. is thrilled to announce the 2022 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 pet owners throughout the United States.

“Demonstrating dedication to higher education and a passion for animal welfare are 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 an exceptional academic record and demonstrated their dedication to entering professions to benefit the well-being of dogs. We are pleased to award them with these scholarships and look forward to seeing what they do in the future.”

The AKC Humane Fund awards $2,500 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 2022 recipients are:

Victoria Claudettee Priester – Cornell University

Ana Lia Sullivan- Cornell University

Aryel Dorcy Phillips- Tuskegee University

Caitlin Passaro- North Carolina State University

Desire Walker- Rutgers University

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