The American Kennel club (AKC) offers classes to evaluate the abilities of the young handler. Unlike the typical conformation classes, the presenter is being directly evaluated to determine how well he/she is showing the dog. Junior Showmanship is open to children between the age of 9 and 18. It presents a great way for a young person to learn about dog shows and how to handle dogs.
Learn more: https://www.akc.org/sports/conformation/junior-showmanship/
What can I do to help a junior get involved?
Mentor or Sponsor a Junior
Help juniors join STCA, pay their initiation fees, and communicate with our new juniors in order to help them remain active in the sport. Sponsors may also purchase and sponsor junior trophies for STCA or regional Junior Showmanship competition.
Assist juniors by lending/co-owning a dog they can exhibit, assist with grooming and handling instruction. Possibly help finance individual juniors (on occasion) so that they can attend events they aspire to attend or qualify to attend.
How to become a sponsor or mentor?
Simply call or email Barbara Casey, STCA Junior Showmanship Chairman and volunteer. (503) 812-4970 or by email. For more information and to read about two outstanding Junior members, please see The Bagpiper 2012, #2, pages 48, 49, and 50.
Grants and Scholarships for Juniors
STCA PAWS for Juniors – STCA’s PAWS for Juniors Program is designed to encourage participation of juniors in all aspects of conformation and performance events. Learn more here: View the Paws For Junior Slide Show
STCA Grants and Scholarship Information – To assist the junior and their family, the STCA provides grants to help defray the cost of participation.
Grants are earned by junior participation in AKC Junior Showmanship and STCA events and by meeting the point criteria for outstanding performance in any combination of conformation, agility, and obedience, as well as performance events throughout the previous calendar year from September 1 to September 1.
One grant is awarded per qualifying STCA Junior Member per year with a maximum amount of $500, and a minimum of $100.00. The number of grants will be determined by the number and quality of applications received and the funds available through the STCA Junior Incentive Fund.
In addition, the STCA is providing scholarships to assist active juniors in their higher education goals.
Annual $1,000 college scholarship(s) will be applied to undergraduate studies for junior members of STCA in good standing. The number of scholarships will be determined by the number and quality of applications received and the funds available through the STCA Junior Incentive Fund.
Any high school junior or senior (ages 16-18) that is involved with Scottish Terrier showmanship in AKC/STCA activities. To be eligible, the applicant and parent must be a member of STCA in good standing. Applicants need to be a junior or senior in high school in good academic standing (according to AKC criteria 3.0 or above) or have documentation substantiating the meeting of quality home school standards or special needs requirements.
Below are applications for the grant and scholarship programs. Please download or print the applications and follow the instruction for submission to the STCA.