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

First Name Last Name State
Alexandra Backos PA
Taylor Del Duca CO
Jennifer Necker NM
Justin Schultz IL
Amelia Smith NY
Diana Chan CT
Amy Clark IN
Matelyn Cobban MO
Mary Ctibor GA
Elizabeth Ctibor GA
Kaitlyn Dreese PA
Grace Freeman MO
Carroll Giese PA
Zachary Gulaboff Davis OR
Madison LeRoy WI
Claire O’Neil CA
Steven Reiss NY
Annika Dechert WY
Katharina Grohowalski KY
Taylor Scott OK
Amanda Swanson NY
Rebekah Woodworth CT
John Woodworth CT