2018 ADBA Scholarship Winner
This year the ADBA received numerous applications for the Leaders of The Future Scholarship. It is encouraging to note the number of deserving young people within the APBT community with drive, ambition and love for the American Pit Bull Terrier. We thank everyone for their applications.
This year’s recipient for the $1,000 scholarship is Hunter R. Jones from Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
Hunter was born into a family where the American Pit Bull Terrier is a big part of their day to day life. His parents have been organizing and attending ADBA shows since before he was born and up until the last couple of years Hunter was there with them.
Hunter states, “I have traveled all over this country with my parents because of the APBT. My most memorable moment was taking a ‘Best of Show’ trophy in Virginia with our Jeremiah dog and then a 1st at the Nationals the same year. I have won several Junior Handler trophies but they were not in the same league as showing in the Nationals”. He continues, “Ever since I can remember, I have been surrounded by ADBA registered APBTs. I was there for breedings, sat in whelping boxes with my mom, worked flirt poles for my day and scooped more ‘poop’ than I want to remember. Even when soccer and school work kept me from a lot of shows that last couple of years, I still helped condition the dogs at home and I am the ‘kennel boy’ when my parents travel to shows.”
Hunter is a high school senior at Faith Christian Academy, a private high school where he earned a scholarship to attend because of his involvement in soccer. Hunter has been involved in soccer since he was four years old. He made the Philadelphia Union Jr’s Program and qualified for the Olympic Development Program. He played soccer on the varsity team at FCA from his freshman year and has won numerous awards in his four years there. His plan is to attend Albright College this fall, where he plans to major in Business with a Minor in Physical Fitness. He would like to become a personal trainer and own his own gym or related business.
Hunter has been described by his headmaster and coach, Ryan Clymer as a “strong leader and responsible young man. Hunter is always challenging himself in his endeavors and receives advice and instruction seriously and intentionally. He is an exceptional team member and leader. Hunter had made known his strength and endurance of character as the captain of the soccer team by his word and his actions.”
Ryan Clymer continues, “Another exceptional quality that sets Hunter apart from the rest is his emotional maturity. He is very dependable and has proven himself to be an exceptionally hard worker. This advanced level of responsibility has given his success at Faith Christian Academy and I believe will serve his well during the next phases of his life. I have no doubt that Hunter will reach whatever goals he sets before himself and will have a positive impact in any environment that he steps into.”
Congratulations Hunter in your selection as the recipient of our “Leaders of The Future” scholarship. We look forward to our continued association and wish you the best as you head off to college to continue your education.
…. The ADBA Board of Directors