Misty Mondok Myers Memorial Academic Scholarship
The English Setter Association of America is pleased to announce that beginning in 2016 the ESAA Academic Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of member Misty Mondok Myers, a former junior handler.
Misty Mondok Myers (1969-2015) "found" her English setters around 1980. Her first English setter, "Missy", Ch. Foxtrack Miss Kitty Marksman, was her juniors dog. Misty took to handling right off the bat, showing in junior showmanship and conformation. She worked for different handlers and absorbed every bit of information she could in grooming and handling English setters, as well as other breeds. Over the years Misty honed her handling abilities and loved every minute of it. In 1985 she was awarded the ESAA Annual Award for best Open Senior and Best Junior Handler overall. Misty went on to handle additional English setters to their championships and helped others learn how to groom and handle English setters. Misty was in her element at a dog show…rain or shine, always smiling and laughing and ready to help anyone.
ESAA offers annually, up to two current high school seniors or freshmen in college an academic scholarship of $1000.00 for post-secondary educational expenses. Recipients must complete an application and submit documentation to support their meeting of the selection criteria. Further information, including scholarship application are available on the ESAA website (www.esaa.com in the Junior Handler section) or by contacting Julie Bremser, firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarship requirements and selection criteria are listed below:
a. current member of ESAA (either junior, family or individual)
b. current high school senior or equivalent home school level, or a freshman in a 2 or 4 year post-secondary education program
c. participation in AKC events with an English setter and/or loving and living with an English setter for a minimum of three years (this may include breed, conformation, junior showmanship, and all performance/companion events as well as assisting with the raising and breeding of English setters in the home)
d. documented plans to attend or proof of attending a 2 or 4 year post-secondary institute of higher education (includes junior/community colleges and 2 year trade schools as well as 4 year colleges)
e. academic achievement of a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (if an applicant is home schooled or a grading system is not being utilized, then test results or other information describing the student’s work may be submitted)
f. school/community leadership and involvement, including any participation in dog-related organizations
g. two letters of recommendation, of which at least one is from a current ESAA member (letters from relatives will not be accepted)
Daniel Fabelo Scholarship Winner
Daniel, a freshman majoring in Forensic Science at Defiance College in Ohio, participated in junior showmanship where was a finalist at Eukanuba in 2012. He is also a breeder/owner/handler, having finished several of his dogs. He looks forward to continuing his breeding program and one day becoming an English setter breed judge.
Tory-Jo Bauer-Pisani Scholarship Winner
Tory-Jo, a freshman majoring in Biology at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, participated in junior showmanship and has been awarded several best junior handler awards with her English setters. She has also finished championships on several English setters. Tory-Jo is an accomplished equestrian and writer who is considering veterinary medicine as a career.
Corrie Fabelo Scholarship Winner
Corrie Fabelo has been a member of ESAA since 2000. Corrie has shown English setters and dachshunds and has helped raise and love her family English setters. She will graduate from Stephen T. Baden High School in Ohio. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, 4H Club and has participated in track & field. Corrie plans to attend the University of Cincinatti to study psychology. Upon completion of a bachelors degree, Corrie plans to attend graduate school for genetic counseling
Connor Whorff Scholarship Winner
Connor Whorff has been a member of ESAA for more than 7 years. He has shown English setters and has assisted his mom with breeding and raising their English setters. Connor will be graduating from Winnsboro High School in Texas. He is an Eagle Scout and member of the varsity golf team. Connor plans to attend Tyler Junior College where he will play golf and pursue a degree in business administration or biology. He plans to become a PGA Tour Professional. Connor says "I really enjoy taking care of the dogs, planning litters, and working with the dogs with my Mom and brother. It is a really great family hobby! You can expect to see me on the golf course, oftentimes with Ace or Sawyer riding shotgun in the golf cart!"