The AKC Humane Fund, Inc. has announced the 2016 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, Chairman of the Board of PetPartners, Inc. which provides comprehensive and affordable pet health insurance to dog and cat owners throughout the United States.
The AKC Humane Fund awards $2,000 to each of the five scholarship recipients, payable as tuition assistance to accredited institutions in which each the student is enrolled in courses of study focusing on the care of pets.
The 2016 recipients are:
--Linnea Thraen of St. Paul, Minn.: Thraen is currently in her third year at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, where she is pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
--Zong Peng of Creighton, Neb.: Peng is beginning his first year at the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, NE this August, where he will pursue a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
--Kristina Baltutis of Burlington, N.C.: Baltutis is in her final year at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, pursuing a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
--Olivia Cox of South Bend, Ind.: Cox is a first year student at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. where she is pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on neonatal/prenatal care, genetic counseling and reproductive medicine.
--Lena Sanchez of Albuquerque, N.M.: Sanchez is a first year student pursuing a degree in Animal Science at New Mexico State University (in Las Cruses, N.M. as a prerequisite for a future degree in Veterinary Medicine.