Best Friends Animal Society Scholarships Animal Care Interns

Maureen A. Udell Memorial Scholarship

The Maureen A. Udell Memorial Scholarship was created to assist humane education that is geared toward helping animals in need. Maureen was a tireless advocate for all animals, and consistently went the extra mile to ensure their safety and well-being, regardless of species. To that end, the scholarship seeks to foster the spirit of love + action at Best Friends.

Who may apply? Five-week general animal care interns

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Andy Kostuik Scholarship

The Andy Kostuik Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Andy’s family. Andy’s first visit to Best Friends ignited his passion to help animals and he returned as a four-month Animal Care Intern in Dogtown. During that time he had a remarkable impact on the lives of the many dogs he touched and decided to dedicate his life to helping animals. He said: "It was one of the most profoundly positive and rewarding experience of my life and I would strongly encourage anyone to share in that experience that is Best Friends — it is a special place where people of a like-mind come together with a common goal and make good stuff happen.”

Sadly Andy passed away not long after he began pursuing his career in animal care. His parents, understanding how much Andy had been deeply enriched by his internship experience, created this fund to honor his memory. Its purpose is to provide financial support to enable others called to animal welfare work to have a hands-on experience in animal care in a sanctuary setting and provide the skills and knowledge to help them pursue their passion to help save animals.

Who may apply? Five-week general animal care Interns and four-month species specific animal care interns

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Isabel of the Isabel Bei-Ja Blaney Sun Memorial ScholarshipIsabel Bei-Ja Blaney Sun Memorial Scholarship

Isabel loved animals of all kinds and was deeply concerned with their welfare. She visited Best Friends in Kanab for the first time in the summer of 2012, at age 13, and began volunteering there the same day.  After that, she chose to volunteer at Best Friends at every opportunity. Isabel continually shared her love for animals — and what she learned at Best Friends — with her family, friends, and community.

Isabel’s family established this scholarship fund to carry on her love and care for animals. These scholarships provide financial support to internship applicants who hope to bring what they learn at Best Friends back to their communities in some way.

Who may apply? Dog Training Interns, Five-Week General Animal Care Interns, Four-Month Species-Specific Animal Care Interns, Kitten Nursery Interns

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Betty Echols Memorial Scholarship

Betty Echols loved dogs, cats and horses. Her family remembers her happy stories about them from Bootsie to Gigi. Although her health prevented her from owning a pet for the last years of her life, she continued to support them financially and spiritually through her local rescue organizations. Betty's family visited Best Friends in her honor in spring 2018. Betty would have loved seeing the sanctuary and spending time at Cat World. She would have especially loved talking to the interns who were dedicating their lives to animal care. Betty's family is establishing this scholarship in the hopes that the recipient will continue her love of animals throughout their lifetime and pay that forward to future animal caretakers and in so doing keep her memory alive forever.

Who may apply? Species Specific animal care (3-4 month) interns, Community Cat interns, Kanab Kitten Nursery interns and Sanctuary Adoption Specialist interns

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