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The American Kennel Club Announces 2017 Junior Scholarship Recipients

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that  twenty-four exceptional students from 16 states have been awarded the American Kennel Club (AKC®) Junior Scholarship for 2017.  The scholarships are offered to high school, college and graduate school students, and range from $500 – $2,000.

“These young men and women are dedicated not only to the sport of purebred dogs, but to their academics as well,” said Mari-Beth O’Neill, VP Sport Services.  “It gives us great pleasure to reward these students with our 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.”

Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance and involvement in AKC events.  They are required to submit documentation that they are members of a club and have volunteered to work, as well as, an essay detailing how they plan to stay involved in the sport of purebred dogs and with the AKC in the future.

This years’ recipients are a diverse representation of the fancy. They have accomplished a great deal in the dog world and participate in many sports, including conformation, agility, hunt tests, obedience, and more.  These young men and women plan to remain in the sport, as well as judge and continue their families’ breeding programs.

2017 Junior Scholarship Recipients

First Name Last Name State
Jennifer Necker NM
Rebecca Skahan NH
Amy Judge WA
Nicki Short WA
Megan Quast MN
Alexandra Backos PA
Annika Dechert WY
Annessa Towell OK
Amanda Swanson NY
Rebecca Grinsell FL
Shahntae Martinez WA
Callie Caoua OH
Kaitlyn Dreese PA
Carroll Giese PA
Rebekah Woodworth CT
John Woodworth CT
Mary Lee MS
Melissa Rought MI
Kara Hinsman IL
Miki Hodel MO
Diana Chan CT
Lauren Hull NY
Samantha Van Buren MN
Mackenzie Jones SC

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