GRCA Awards for People

Junior Achievement Award

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The Junior Achievement Award is designed to recognize young people for their varied interests with the dogs, and to encourage well-rounded participation in all facets of dog ownership. An award will be given each year by the GRCA to the one junior who in the eyes of the GRCA Board of Directors most fulfills its basic premise.

The award will be presented at the GRCA National Specialty. The Junior Achievement Award Chairman will be responsible for publicizing this Award and for soliciting applications. The Chair will review all applications and will send the resumes to the Board Liaison for Board distribution and decision. A plaque will be purchased and engraved with the name of the winner. The plaque will be approximately 5 inches by 8 inches, solid wood, with a brass plate on which will be inscribed: GRCA JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Junior’s name) In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement (Year) In addition to a plaque, the Junior Achievement Award shall include a $200.00 check. The name and Social Security number of the winning Junior must be supplied to the GRCA Treasurer at least six weeks in advance of the National Specialty.


  1. The junior must be between 10 and 18 years of age for the year being nominated.
  2. The junior, his/her parents, or sponsor must be a member in good standing of the GRCA.
  3. Consideration will be given to any dog-related activity with a Golden Retriever, such as, but not limited to:
    1. Any AKC event: conformation, obedience, tracking, agility, field trials or hunting tests.
    2. Any GRCA WC/WCX event
    3. Any academic endeavor such as term papers on the history of the Golden Retriever or school assembly speech on dog ownership.
    4. Community service, such as nursing home visits, obedience demonstrations in the community or a “Walk with Fido” for charity.
  4. The junior, or his/her sponsor, must submit to the Junior Achievement Chairman by June 1 a written account of the junior’s qualifications and accomplishments for the previous calendar year.
  5. Where applicable, copies of titles, certificates, grades, letters of appreciation, etc., should be submitted with the nomination to verify authenticity.
  6. Emphasis will be on excellence in a broad spectrum of activities.
  7. Except in very unusual circumstances, a junior may win this award only once.

Nominations should be sent to the GRCA Secretary.