2017 ADBA Scholarship Winner
Each year, the American Dog Breeders Association Inc. awards their “Leaders of the Future” scholarship to a student enrolled in a College or University pursuing an academic degree. Clubs and individuals donate to the scholarship fund throughout the year, so the number of scholarships and the amount of each scholarship may vary from year to year. This year we thank Bob Lowery of Windy City Combine for his generous donation to our scholarship fund.
In our selection of a deserving candidate for the “Leaders of the Future” scholarship, we look for an individual with experience with an ADBA registered breed, involvement with an ADBA sanctioned club, and promoting their dogs through club events. We look for an individual active in their school and community in a leadership role who is eager to learn and willing to invest the hard work that is required to take advantage of their opportunities for higher education.
We are happy to announce that the winner of the ADBA’s Leaders of the Future Scholarship for 2017 in the amount of $1,150 is Sadie Metcalf of Graham, Washington.
Sadie writes, “I have many experiences with the American Pit Bull Terrier as I was born into a family that has bred and shown this magnificent breed before I was born. I started showing at three years of age as a junior handler. As I got older, I became more involved at home learning the process of selective breeding, how to whelp a litter, and how to condition a dog for the show ring. Starting in 2009, I began volunteering at the Evergreen State APBTC dog shows filling out the judge’s books, selling club merchandise, cleaning up the park after the show and contacting companies and individuals for our clubs raffle donations. I also had the opportunity during my pursuit of raffle donations to answer any and all questions about our breed and club and I always do so to the best of my knowledge.”
In the letter of support from Sharon Sundy, Sadie has been described as “a beautiful young lady that shows integrity, commitment, a strong work ethic and a love for the American Pit Bull Terrier that is as deep as her mother Charlotte’s. Sadie is observant, kind and a good person inside.” Sharon continues, “Throughout the years, I have seen Sadie at many dog shows. She is humble in the accolades her dogs receive, yet always quick to congratulate others on their accomplishments. She willingly pitches in to assist where needed always with the best attitude and gets the job done. I have the utmost confidence that she will set good goals and achieve them. Her light shines bright.”
Sadie’s area of study will be Nursing/ Applied Science. She hopes to be settled into a career as a radiology technician working in a hospital or clinic while she is completing her nursing degree. Sadie writes, “I feel I would be a great asset in the medical field. I have been in the medical field for six years and I know that I would like to expand my knowledge and role in this field. I am a goal oriented person and love helping people in need. In 2013, I was a part of a leadership group called ‘Link Crew’. It was our goal to unite the student body and to end bullying and segregation in our school.”
Congratulations, Sadie Metcalf, on your accomplishments as the recipient of ADBA’s “Leaders of the Future” scholarship for 2017.
ADBA Inc. Board Of Directors