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Students for Animal Advocacy Scholarship

1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Sep 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Sep 30, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate
Volunteering with animal shelter or animal non-profit

I believe in caring for all living beings, even the four-legged ones. 

I'd like to support students who are passionate about animal advocacy. This mission matters to me because I've had a lifelong appreciation for animals and hope to spread compassion for those that can't speak for themselves. Animal cruelty exists in many forms, and there are so many ways to help better the lives of animals. In order to encourage student animal advocates, the Students for Animal Advocacy Scholarship will be given to a student who cares about bettering the well-being of animals. 

High school and undergraduate students can apply for this scholarship if they have experience with a non-profit organization for animal advocacy or volunteer experience at an animal shelter. In your application, write about why you are passionate about advocating for animals.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published May 25, 2022
Essay Topic

Why are you passionate about animal advocacy?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Eduardo Gonzalez
Texas A & M University-College StationEagle Pass, TX
Is it possible for an animal to be considered a parental figure for a child? Yes, it is. Growing up in an economically and emotionally disadvantaged home, I have had trouble expressing myself due to trauma and fear of consequences. Thankfully, I had my "other mother," my Anatolian dog, Mai. When I feared that my parents wouldn't understand a incorrect decision I had made, my dog was a shoulder to cry on and helped me get through tough times. I am fond of and have a close bond with animals is that they are without judgment. Regardless of what you do, they will continue to love you. Moving to the United States was challenging since I couldn't bring Mai to live in an apartment due to Mai's size. Although I miss her every day, I know she's happy in an open space where she can run about and chase birds. My younger self tried to help her in whatever way she could, just like she did for me. Because my father couldn't always afford to feed her, I'd split my supper with her even if it meant going hungry. I'd like to apologize for the difficulties I put her through; while she could have been better cared for by another family, I couldn't have made it without her. I am passionate about animal advocacy because in my life my dog was the one who got me throughout tough times. Animals are significant to our culture and family; the majority of American households have at least one pet. Through friendship, stress relief, and increased physical activity, pets may enhance our lives and even improve our health. I know in my case Mai was the reason to keep fighting and look for a solution to never ending problems. Thus, I am passionate about animal advocacy because of the unconditional love animals can have for us. Mai has solidified my passion for animals and helped me choose my major. I couldn't have made it without her. I might not be your typical agricultural boy, but I want to major in animal science and honor the name of my dog. I will advocate for animals and children in similar situations like mine, whose pets are their only escape from home. I strive to give my dog Mai the life she deserves because of all the nurturing she gave me when no one else would.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Sep 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Sep 30, 2022.

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