• APDT Foundation Diversity in Dog Training Scholarship

  • Deadline for Submission: May 22, 2022

  • The Association of Professional Dog Trainers Foundation recognizes the importance of increasing the availability of continuing education opportunities for underrepresented groups within the field of dog training. With this purpose in mind, the APDT Foundation is excited to offer the “Diversity in Dog Training” Scholarship.
  • APDT Foundation Diversity in Dog Training Scholarship is open to applicants of marginalized groups including, but not limited to, individuals who identify as: BIPoC, Neurodivergent, LGBT+, and/or persons affected by one or more disabling conditions.
  • Scoring: Your essay(s) will be evaluated by a collective of volunteers who are dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and restorative justice within the dog training and behavior community. The collective of volunteers has made this commitment due to their passion for creating safer spaces for people of all communities, bodies, and backgrounds. All current volunteers on our DEI ad hoc group are not only non-dominant identities within society but have also taken the Hidden Bias Test.
  • The scholarship winner will receive (pending APDT Foundation trustee approval of the proposed 2022-23 budget):
    • Recognition and $500 in award money onstage during the business meeting at the 2022 APDT/CAPDT conference, October 19-21 in Daytona Beach, Florida
    • Publication of their biography on the APDT Foundation website, in Chronicle of The Dog magazine and on social media platforms, plus
    • FREE general conference registration to the 2022 APDT/CAPDT annual conference


  • Please answer the following essay questions in 300-500 words.
  • Your submission will be considered on the relevance of the content, not the clarity of language, writing style, or grammar.
  • The Association of Professional Dog Trainers Foundation does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. The Grants, Posters and Scholarships Task Force of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers Foundation will abstain from scoring any individual who has applied to their various programs that they may know professionally or personally. All award decisions are confidential and are made and approved by The Association of Professional Dog Trainers Foundation trustees. The APDT Foundation reserves the right to change the grants, posters, and scholarship policy and the number of awards or amounts provided to individuals at any time.

  • Deadline for Submission: May 22, 2022