Students from across the U.S. are invited to apply for P.L.A.Y.'s annual Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship rewards one student who can tell the best story, describing the impact he or she made in the life of a rescue animal or animal welfare cause in general. The contest is open to U.S. residents. No purchase necessary. All participants must be enrolled as a full-time high school senior. Entries are limited to one submission per person. Immediate family members of P.L.A.Y. employees are excluded from this contest. All essay submissions must be received by 11:59pm PT on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. To apply, students will submit an essay with 2-3 photos of their volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed their lives or shaped their perceptions on the importance of animal welfare by February 28, 2018. The essay should be between 500-1000 words. Send a Word doc attachment to SCHOLARSHIP@PETPLAY.COM with your essay submission. The file name should be your full name, state, and date of birth. For example, Chipper-Jones-GA-4-24-1992. 2-3 photos of your volunteer efforts to help animals in need. In the body of your email, include student's full name, date of birth, email address, postal address, high school they are currently enrolled in, and a phone number to contact. P.L.A.Y. will select the winner based on the best essay as determined by our internal panel of judges. Selection criteria will include, but is not limited to: compelling and engaging description of volunteer efforts and their impact on the personal life of the student; thematic consistency throughout the submission around the central thesis; proper spelling and grammar usage throughout the submission. Following the February 28th deadline, P.L.A.Y. will select the winner during the month of March and will announce the winner in April 2018 on the website pending notification of the student and his or her family. Please note that winner must provide proof of acceptance to college/university of choice prior to receiving the grand prize.

Award Information

Award Amount
Number of Awards
Application Deadline
February 28
Available to Class Level
None specified
Not renewable

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA Required
None specified
None specified
None specified
Religious Affiliation
None specified
Location of College
None specified
Area of Study
None specified
Financial Need
Financial need analysis is not required

Scholarship Sponsor


Pet Lifestyle And You (P.L.A.Y.)
246 2nd Street Unit A
City, State, Zip
San Francisco, CA , 94105
Not reported

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