AKC announces 2018 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 23 exceptional students from 16 states have been awarded the American Kennel Club (AKC®) Junior Scholarship for 2018. 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 AKC 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 on how the applicant has been involved with providing education about purebred dogs within their school 
and/or community.

This years’ recipients are a diverse representation of the canine sport. 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 continue in the sport, as well as judge and continue their families’ breeding programs.

2018 Junior Scholarship Recipients

Alexandra Backos

Taylor Del Duca

Jennifer Necker

Justin Schultz

Amelia Smith

Diana Chan

Amy Clark

Matelyn Cobban

Mary Ctibor

Elizabeth Ctibor

Kaitlyn Dreese

Grace Freeman

Carroll Giese

Zachary Gulaboff Davis

Madison LeRoy

Claire O’Neil

Steven Reiss

Annika Dechert

Katharina Grohowalski

Taylor Scott

Amanda Swanson

Rebekah Woodworth

John Woodworth



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