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-- AKC awards 23 scholarships to veterinary students--

New York, NY - The American Kennel Club announced that 23 Veterinary Scholarships have been awarded to students from 19 of the 27 U.S. accredited schools of veterinary medicine. These awards include three Chairman's awards of $15,000 each, three President's awards of $10,000 each, and 17 $5,000 scholarships.

"Thanks to the support of the AKC Companion Animal Recovery (CAR) for once again adding $100,000 to the funds available, we had a total of $160,000 to distribute to deserving veterinary students," said Barbara Schwartz, AKC Assistant Vice-President. "These scholarships will help defer the rising costs of veterinary school as these recipients pursue their canine-related careers."

The AKC Scholarship Program for Veterinary Medicine has existed for 12 years, and the awards are given annually. The fund has gradually increased from $50,000 in 1991 to $160,000 today.

The 2003 Veterinary Scholarship Recipients are:

· Marlene Bakko, Lake Stevens, WA; University of Washington
· Jaime Bush, Manhattan, KS; Kansas State University
· Christine Cain, Columbus, OH; Ohio State University
· Dana Clarke, Collegeville, PA; University of Pennsylvania
· Jennifer Dec, Waterford, MI; Michigan State University
· Haley Frances Burke, Auburn, AL; Auburn University
· David Gardiner, Newfield, NY; Cornell University
· Tricia Hans, Athens, GA; University of Georgia
· Daniel Hoffman, Roseville, MN; University of Minnesota
· Regina Howton, Newberry, FL; University of Florida
· Holly Hughes, Raleigh, NC; North Carolina State University
· James Jackson, Deland, FL; University of Florida
· Jennifer Larsen, Davis, CA; University of California -Davis
· Alisha Lawrence, Tullahoma, TN; University of Tennessee
· John F. Nostrant, Concord, MA; Tufts University
· Jonathan Perchick, Manhattan, KS; Kansas State University
· Paula Reisdorff, Notasulga, AL; Tuskegee University
· Kristin Reiser, Franksville, WI; University of Wisconsin
· Cassandra Steed, Redmond, OR; Oregon State University
· John Sturtz, Stillwater, MN; University of Minnesota
· Coral Turman, Raleigh, NC; North Carolina State University
· Allen Walter, Metropolis, IL; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
· Bonner Wimberly, College Station, TX; Texas A & M University