P.L.A.Y. Reveals Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship Recipients
P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You named the recipients of its annual Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship, through which three high school seniors are chosen from hundreds of essay submissions.
The winner of the 2020 Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is Swaycha Goli. The scholarship committee was moved when it learning about how the adoption of Goli’s new best friend, Daisy, soon turned into a mission to help the other animals at the shelter still waiting to find their forever homes. Goli started the Enloe SPCA Club at her high school where she and her fellow members encouraged their community members to donate supplies and money to the SPCA of Wake County so the shelter could run sufficiently and to raise awareness for the animals still available for adoption.
The second prize winner, Bailee Rowles, inspired the committee with her time spent volunteering at Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and future veterinary dreams. Lastly, Analise Hogan was awarded third prize for her efforts in collecting over $10,000 in donations for Garland Animal Shelter when working towards her Girl Scout Award.
P.L.A.Y. recently increased the monetary value of these awards, with first prize now receiving a scholarship of $1,500. This is followed by $300 and one set of Warm Bellies Special Edition Chill Pads donated to a shelter of the second prize winner’s choice and $200 plus one Garden Fresh plush toy set donated to a shelter chosen by the third prize winner.
“Going into 2020, we knew we wanted to expand our giving back efforts in many ways, including our scholarship program, and seeing our country impacted by COVID-19 has only encouraged our team to give back more so than ever before,” said Will Chen, CEO and founder of P.L.A.Y.