AKC Humane Fund Announces Winners Of The 2021 Sir John D. Spurling, Obe, Kcvo Scholarship

New York, NY – 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 www.akchumanefund.org.


The AKC Humane Fund promotes responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant making. Through its programs, the AKC Humane Fund supports Parent Club Rescue activities; assists
shelters for domestic abuse victims that permit pets and provides resources for responsible dog
ownership education. Contributions to the AKC Humane Fund are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

  • Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership.

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