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The Purr Project is awarding its annual Suzan’ D’Antonio Full Bucket Memorial Scholarship — $1,000 — honoring its matron saint, friend, animal welfare advocate, and vet tech, the late Suzan’ D’Antonio of Cheshire, who passed away in 2008. Named to reflect the principles in the book “How Full Is Your Bucket,” by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton, Ph.D., the book describes how a person - best friend, coworker, or stranger - can, through their own positive words and deeds, fill your “bucket,” making you feel more positive. It is this principle that guided the life of Suzan D’Antonio as a veterinary technician and an animal rights advocate. She filled buckets. The scholarship will go to those applicants that “fill the buckets” of others by being an advocate for those who have no voice.
Based on this premise, the scholarship is about service; the applicants’ service to animals and the Purr Project Foundations’ service to the applicant. The Purr Project has dedicated this scholarship in Suzan’s name in order to support you and fill your bucket. Academics do indeed matter, but it is just a component of the overall formula of how the winning applicant is chosen. This scholarship is for those who not only have ideas but for those who are about action in serving animals. Simply put, we want doers. Each and every application will be reviewed with the understanding that each applicant is an individual and that there are going to be different ideas, different experiences, and different manners of service. This service may take many forms: helping maintain feral colonies, writing a newsletter, volunteering at a local shelter, helping with anti-cruelty programs, etc. Since the scholarship is awarded yearly, applicants are encouraged to reapply if they are not successful in a prior year.
The important thing to understand is that this scholarship is for students who are or will be enrolled in vet-tech, pre-vet, or veterinary medicine programs. We understand, however, that academic programs can vary widely. Therefore, if your institution does not have one of these programs but your intent is to serve animals in one of these capacities, then you should apply anyway. Neither Suzan nor The Purr Project condones animal testing research (i.e. pharmaceuticals), and will not grant scholarships in these areas.
For information on the scholarship, the Purr Project Foundation, or to get an application, write to The Purr Project Foundation at 12 Winged Foot Court, Cheshire, CT. 06410; call (203) 272-9590; or go to www.purrproject.org where you can download a copy of the application. Applications must be received by May 31 to be considered for the 2011 award. The Purr Project Foundation, Inc. is a certified 501 © 3 charitable organization and relies on contributions, 100 percent of which are applied to scholarship awards and are tax deductible. Donations may be sent to the above address in Cheshire. Every donation will receive a "thank you" and receipt by return mail.