P.L.A.Y. Awards Student in Scholarship Competition
Binfield was chosen out of more than 370 applicants from across the country for her work with researchers on marine life preservation and her role as a volunteer puppy fundraiser with Guide Dogs for the Blind (GBD). For the past six years, P.L.A.Y. has awarded $1,000 to a student that reflects the company’s animal rights beliefs and who best describes, through an essay entry, the impact he or she has made on animal welfare in his or her community.
“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 P.L.A.Y. “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.”
The company, which provides eco-friendly pet bedding and toys, also selected second and third place winners, Camille Hoffman from Carlsbad, Calif. and Yasmin Ballew from Manteca, Calif., respectively. Both Hoffman and Ballew will be awarded P.L.A.Y. products to donate to the animal shelter of their choice.
P.L.A.Y. representatives judged submissions based how captivating volunteer efforts were and their overall impact on a students’ life. The also looked for consistency, proper grammar and spelling throughout the essay.