Over the nearly seven decades that AWI has been advocating for animals, much progress has been made. And yet, there is so much more to be done; long-running battles remain, and—despite greater awareness and changing attitudes—new issues and new battles emerge every year. If we are to continue to take a stand against the needless suffering of animals at the hands of humans, we must encourage the youth of today to take up the mantle.
Fortunately, many young people seem all too eager to do so. Every year, hundreds of students enter the AWI-cosponsored “A Voice for Animals” contest (entering its 30th year!) to share stories of their own efforts to make the world a better place for animals. Many of these individuals are keen to continue the work professionally, and AWI wants to help. That is why we are launching the Animal Welfare Institute Scholarship.
Through this scholarship program, we are investing in the education of exemplary students who have demonstrated a commitment to animal welfare through volunteer work and/or advocacy and intend to pursue a career that will seek to reduce animal suffering and safeguard vulnerable species. On December 16, we began accepting applications from high school seniors in the United States who meet this criteria. Applications will be accepted through February 16, 2020, when a committee from AWI will begin reviewing them in order to choose recipients with an impressive and clear plan to continue working to protect animals. Each applicant who submits a completed application will receive a complimentary subscription to the AWI Quarterly. Up to 12 applicants will be chosen to receive scholarships, worth $2,000 each.
So if this sounds like you, apply now! Or if someone you know fits the bill, please share the news. To learn more about the scholarship and application process, see www.awionline.org/scholarship.