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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that seven exceptional students from seven states have been awarded an American Kennel Club Companion Events Junior Scholarship for 2022. This year $10,000 in scholarships were offered to high school and college students.

“It gives us great pleasure to reward these students with our AKC Companion Events Junior Scholarships. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors in their studies and involvement with dogs and The American Kennel Club,” said Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility.

Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance, involvement in AKC events, and community outreach. They are required to submit documentation that they are members of a club and have volunteered to work, as well as an essay on how the applicant has been involved with promoting any Companion Event to others within their school and or community and the impact it has had on their life or the lives of others.

This year’s recipients have accomplished a great deal in the dog world and participate in many sports, including agility, obedience, rally, and conformation. These young adults plan to remain active in the sports and will undoubtedly continue to be great ambassadors of AKC events.

2022 Companion Events Junior Scholarship Recipients



Last Name State Sport
Emily Burrier OH Agility and Rally
Kathryn Doane WI Agility and Obedience
Dana George IL Agility
Jordan Phoenix TX Agility
Samantha Schwarz MO Rally
Danielle Wagner MN Agility
Drew White IA Obedience and Rally