Junior Achievement Award Application

GRCA Junior Achievement Award


The Outstanding Junior Achievement Award is designed to recognize young people for their varied interests with Golden Retrievers, and to encourage well-rounded participation in dog ownership and their community.  This award will be given at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the GRCA to one junior.  It is understood that the requirements may preclude it being award on an annual basis.

The Award will be presented at the GRCA National Specialty.  The Outstanding Junior Achievement Award Chairman will be responsible for publicizing this Award and for soliciting nominations/applications.  The Chair will review all nominations/applications and will send these 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 OUTSTANDING JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (JUNIOR’S NAME) In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement (year).  In addition to a plaque, the Outstanding Junior Achievement Award shall include a $200 gift certificate for Amazon.com.


  •  The junior must be under 18 years of age for the year being nominated.
  • The junior and his/her parents, or sponsor must be members in good standing of GRCA.
  • The junior has maintained a 2.0 GPA or equivalent.
  • Consideration will be given to any dog-related activities with a Golden Retriever, such as, but not limited to:  Continuous involvement in any AKC event: conformation, obedience, tracking

agility, field trials or hunting retriever tests; or in any GRCA event  (CCA or WC/WCX).

  • Continuous Community Service, such as therapy dog nursing home/hospital visits, obedience demonstrations/assistance in training; 4H; FFA; animal shelters; volunteering at a hospital; Meals on Wheels; reading with children; assisting the handicapped in any variety (skiing, swimming, etc.); working with veterans.
  • The applying junior shall provide letters of reference from each of the 3 areas:
  1. A) School (teacher, guidance counselor, etc);
  2. B) Dog Activities ( handler, trainer, etc);
  3. C) Community Service (volunteer supervisor).

These letters should outline the junior’s commitment, demeanor, and willingness to assist others.

  • The junior, or his/her sponsor must submit to the Junior Achievement Chairman by June 1st, a written account of the junior’s qualifications and accomplishments for the previous calendar year.

Where applicable, copies of titles, certificates, grades, letters of appreciation, etc., should be submitted with the nomination.  Emphasis will be on excellence in a broad spectrum of activities.  Except in very unusual circumstances, a junior may win this award only once.

Nominations should be sent to the Junior Achievement Chair.

NS 91-19, NS 92-05, 12-08

Revised Jan. 2007, 2012, Res 16-39