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Scholars Helping Collars

Past Scholarship Winners

2019 Winners

Claire Binfield - P.L.A.Y.'s Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship Winner

P.L.A.Y. is pleased to announce and congratulate this year’s Scholars Helping Collars scholarship winner, Claire Binfield. With a passion for diving both on and off the court, this student athlete possesses a deep admiration and love for marine life and we were very inspired by her autonomous efforts at making a difference in the lives of animals worldwide. From her Girl Scout Days spent in Costa Rica and Panama observing and studying sea turtles to her experience with raising a Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy, we are confident that her selflessness and yearning for saving our oceans and its wildlife will continue throughout her college career and beyond. 

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Congratulations to our 2nd & 3rd Place Winners:

2nd Place - Camille Hoffman

3rd Place - Yasmin Ballew 

2018 Winners

Amelia Smith - P.L.A.Y.'s Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship Winner

We are thrilled to congratulate Amelia Smith on winning first place in this year’s Scholars Helping Collars scholarship. During her time spent volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, Amelia learned about the harsh truths regarding elephant treatment in the entertainment industry and how she could make a difference by learning veterinary skills that could be applied to assisting animals in need. The tools and information she learned from this experience were not the only things that followed her home to the states. Read her essay to learn more about the pup that eventually made its way to her all the way from Thailand and how this duo is working together to help high school students de-stress.

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Congratulations to our 2nd & 3rd Place Winners:

2nd Place - Martin Welych-Flanagan

3rd Place - Emma Cress

2017 Winners

Leah Pesso - P.L.A.Y.'s Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship Winner

After receiving a number of inspiring and heartwarming submissions we are happy to announce that we have selected Leah Pesso as this year’s winner and recipient of the scholarship award. Leah Pesso inspired all of us here at P.L.A.Y. with her drive in helping abandoned dogs residing at Puerto Rico’s ‘Dead Dog Beach’. Read her essay and find out what drove her to write a book about Taco, a puppy she and her family found on the streets of Puerto Rico and adopted!”

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Congratulations to our 2nd & 3rd Place Winners:

2nd Place - Mia Franzoia

3rd Place - Danielle Johnson

2016 Winners

Andrew Harmon - P.L.A.Y.'s Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Andrew Harmon on winning our 2015 scholarship! His essay displays an admirable work ethic and commitment at helping build dog runs for his local animal shelter. Harmon demonstrated impressive business skills in his effort at reaching out to local businesses and having them contribute what they could to the cause. He put his own two hands to work and helped build the dog runs with some of his friends and fellow Boy Scout troop members. We hope this scholarship gives Harmon the chance to build a future where he can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of animals.

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Congratulations to our 2nd & 3rd Place Winners:

2nd Place - Daniel Kennon

3rd Place - Elliott Davis

2015 Winner


P.L.A.Y. is extremely excited to announce Stephanie Duno as our 2014 scholarship winner. Duno shares a story about a duck that pulls at the heartstrings and offers insight as to how animals and humans are connected in more ways than way may think. We loved reading about her successful non-profit organization “Pawssible” and the wonderful work it does in bringing together both people and animals that have been victim to pain and neglect. Her essay is filled with personality and leaves no question that she will be a driving force in ensuring that all animals get the protection and love they deserve.

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2014 Winner


Nicole Hokkanen has been awarded our 2013 scholarship and we are happy to share her essay and a bit of her life story with you! Nicole’s essay describes her experiences in fostering animals from kill shelters and the emotional toll it can have on a person. Her story of losing a puppy to a virus that could have been prevented would rightfully anger and sadden anyone with a heart, but we were inspired by her ability to use her emotions as a driving force in continuing the fight to save the lives of animals at kill shelters.

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2013 Winner


P.L.A.Y. is excited to announce our inaugural Scholars Helping Collars winner, Alejandra Medina. Her essay will inspire anyone to follow their dreams. Medina conveys how her volunteering experience at Summit Animal Hospital pointed her in the direction of pursuing a career in the veterinary field. Her autonomous character and thirst for knowledge brings us joy in knowing that we are able to help Medina further her education and bring her one step closer to having a career she is passionate about.

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