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July 17, 2014

Animal Behavior College (ABC) has announced the winners of its first sponsor-supported scholarship essay contest.

Coastal Pet Products Inc., a pet collar and leash manufacturer provided two ABC Dog Obedience Program students scholarships of $500 each. The recipients, Ashlie Bonicelli of Aurora, Colo., and Paul D. Lopez of Homestead, Fla., were selected for their unwavering commitment to the dog training profession.

“Coastal Pet Products is pleased to have the opportunity to support educational opportunities such as this one,” said Diane Thomas, marketing manager. “We are dedicated to supporting programs that enrich the lives of pets and their owners.”

The purpose of the essay contest was to provide financial assistance and support for future student pet professionals enrolled in ABC’s dog training curriculum. The scholarship recipients had to convey a commitment to using their skills and expertise to help owners achieve a harmonious human-to-canine relationship.

“We commend Coastal Pet Products for providing scholarships and demonstrating a commitment to helping students become certified dog trainers,” said Steven Appelbaum, president and CEO of Animal Behavior College. “This investment represents and reaffirms their dedication to supporting and advancing dog training education.”

To qualify, applicants needed to demonstrate a financial need and submit a 500-word essay that clearly explained why they want to become a dog trainer. Judges reviewed each entry and selected applicants who communicated their objectives best.

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