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P.L.A.Y. Awards High School Seniors with Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

Plus, the company debuts larger scholarship awards than ever before.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 20, 2020) – P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You), a San Francisco-based pet lifestyle brand and Certified B Corporation, is continuing to prioritize its giving back efforts despite the challenges faced during COVID-19. Its mission is to make things better for pets, people and the planet, exemplified by the company’s annual Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship, through which three high school seniors are chosen from hundreds of essay submissions. In fact, 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,” said Will Chen, CEO and Founder of P.L.A.Y., “and seeing our country impacted by COVID-19 has only encouraged our team to give back more so than ever before.”

After the Scholarship Committee went through hundreds of essay submissions, P.L.A.Y. announces and congratulate the 2020 winner of its Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship, Swaycha Goli. They were moved when the adoption of her new best friend, Daisy, soon turned into a mission to help the other animals at the shelter still waiting to find their forever homes. Swaycha started the Enloe SPCA Club at her high school where she and her club mates 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. To read more about how Swaycha’s love for animal rights and welfare has impacted her community and future academic plans, click here!

The second prize winner, Bailee Rowles, inspired the committee with her time spent volunteering at Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and future veterinary dreams. Her submission can be read here. 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. Her essay can be read here. Those interested in applying to the 2021 scholarship can learn more here.

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