P.L.A.Y. Names ‘Scholars Helping Collars’ Contest Winner
Claire Binfield is the winner of P.L.A.Y.’s 6th annual scholarship competition, Scholars Helping Collars.
Pet Lifestyle and You
P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) has named Claire Binfield as the winner of its 6th annual scholarship competition, Scholars Helping Collars. The Las Vegas high school senior won this year’s competition for her work with researchers on marine life preservation along with her role as a volunteer puppy raiser with Guide Dogs for the Blind.
“Claire’s passion for preserving and advocating for animals in her local community and around the globe is bound to impact the world in her future career as a marine biologist,” said Deborah Feng, co-founder of the San Francisco-based company, which makes eco-friendly pet bedding and toys. “Her drive inspired us to award her this scholarship, and we are excited to watch her succeed as she begins her studies at Mitchell College.”
Binfield’s accomplishments include self-funding a two-week Girl Scout destination trip to Costa Rica and Panama to work with researchers on sea turtle preservation, completing an open-water SCUBA certification, attending a marine science camp where she helped build and install monofilament fishing line recycle containers at a local pier, and raising guide dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
“I am very thankful for the P.L.A.Y. scholarship,” Binfield said. “This award will enable me to pursue a degree in marine biology so I can continue helping animals by dedicating my life to marine animal rescue and preservation of our precious oceans.”
P.L.A.Y. also selected second and third place winners. Camille Hoffman from Carlsbad, Calif., was awarded second place and will be receiving a set of 10 Warm Bellies Special Edition Chill Pads from P.L.A.Y. to be donated to the animal shelter of her choice: the NoWorriesMovement. Yasmin Ballew from Manteca, Calif., received third place. Ballew will receive a five-piece Garden Fresh plush toy set from P.L.A.Y. to be donated to the shelter of her choosing: Animal Rescue Tracy.
Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 370 applicants from across the country. Each essay was judged by P.L.A.Y. representatives using the following criteria: 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; and proper spelling and grammar usage throughout the submission.
Essay entries can be found here.