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Rutgers Preparatory School Announces Winners of Kaufelt-Humane Society Scholarship

SOMERSET, N.J. —Rutgers Preparatory School, in conjunction with the nation’s largest animal protection organization, The Humane Society of the United States, is pleased to recognize Rayan Dutta and Michael Farzaneh as joint winners of the 2011 Florence Kaufelt Memorial Scholarship. The Florence Kaufelt scholarship is offered annually to a middle or upper school student at RPS who has made a meaningful contribution to animal protection over a significant period of time.

The scholarship was endowed by Jonathan D. Kaufelt, a member of the HSUS’ board of directors and a 1969 RPS graduate.

“This year’s recipients both exemplify the initiative and commitment to animal protection that the award seeks to honor,” said Bernard Unti, senior policy adviser and special assistant to the CEO of The HSUS. “Rayan and Michael have integrated animal welfare concerns into their lives and set examples for all who know them. They demonstrate the compassion, sense of stewardship, and respect for all life that inspired the creation of the Florence Kaufelt Memorial Scholarship.”

Michael and Rayan were selected based on essays they submitted describing their involvement with and ongoing concern for animal protection and how that has been expressed in their daily lives, family experience and volunteer activities.

Rayan, an 11th grader, reflected on his overall love for animals by describing his experiences starting a pet-sitting service, working as a veterinary technician and caring for animals at a summer camp at Busch Gardens-Tampa Bay zoo. Rayan’s career goal is to become a veterinarian.

In his essay, Michael describes the satisfaction of his experiences rescuing animals. He has rescued cats, dogs, birds and a rabbit. As Michael relates, he receives a sense of righteousness and fulfillment from his rescue work. Michael is a senior and will be attending Rutgers University in the fall.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.