Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

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Do you love animals? Is your beloved family pet a rescue animal? Do you spend time volunteering at a local shelter or helping a non-profit raise money for animal rights? This is a scholarship for you! This annual scholarship is for students passionate about helping our animal friends.

Scholarship:  Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

Awarding Organization:  P.L.A.Y.

Amount:  $1,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1 (Note: this contest does have second and third place prizes which are sure to give you warm fuzzies. The sponsoring organization will donate beds and toys to the shelter of your choice.)

Eligible Students:  High school seniors

How to Apply:  Applicants must submit a short essay describing their volunteer involvement with an animal shelter or animals-in-need program. Students must describe how they have been impacted by this activity and how it changed their idea of animal welfare.  Applications must also include 2-3 photos of the students’ volunteer efforts.

Deadline:  February 15th


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. To learn more about Robyn, be sure to read her bio on