American Kennel Club Announces 2021 Junior Scholarship Recipients

The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that eleven exceptional students from 10 states have been awarded the American Kennel Club (AKC®) Junior Scholarship for 2021.  The scholarships are offered to high school and college students, ranging from $500 – $3,000.

“These young 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, and an essay on how the applicant has been involved with providing education about purebred dogs within their school and or community. This years’ applicants were asked to share how they maintained their involvement with their dogs and AKC events as a result of COVID.

The recipients are a diverse representation of the sport of dogs. They have accomplished a great deal in the dog world and participate in several sports, including Conformation, Agility, Hunt Tests, Obedience, and more.  Additionally, they plan to continue in the sport, as well as judge and carry on their families’ breeding programs.

2021 Junior Scholarship Recipients

First Name Last Name State
Matelyn Cobban MO
Grace Freeman MO
Ariella Harris TX
O’Malley McGee SC
Haleigh McKeithan NC
Lindsay Meyers CT
Olivia Persinger VA
Isabella Pine KS
Amelia Smith NY
Morgan Stolba MD
Alison Yoho MN


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  • 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. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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