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February 5, 2014

Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship

For New England high school seniors who demonstrate a humane ethic

  • Abbie Branchflower, 2010 Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship winner.

  • Zoe Lillis, 2009 recipient, with Spooky, the donkey she rescued and rehabilitated. Courtesy of Zoe Lillis

The Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship, established under the aegis of The Humane Society of the United States, assists students who demonstrate a deep respect for animals and people in achieving their dreams of working in the service of animals. There have been 47 recipients to date, all of whom have made outstanding contributions to the humane ethic.

Applications are now being accepted for the scholarship. Each year the scholarship is awarded to a New England high school senior who has made a meaningful contribution to animal protection over a significant period of time. The award consists of tuition assistance in the amount of $2,500, which is payable to the college or university at which the recipient will be matriculating in 2014. Eligible applicants are sought from New England public, private, parochial, and vocational schools.

Actions meriting the award may include long-term, direct work on behalf of animals; inspiring leadership in animal protection organizations; papers, speeches, or presentations on humane topics; and heroic rescues of animals in danger. A humane attitude, an understanding of humane ethics, and past performance on behalf of animals are essential. A passive liking for animals or the mere desire to enter an animal care field does not justify the award nor does animal conservation for the purpose of maintaining hunting stocks. High scholastic standing is not a requisite for this scholarship; please do not include academic transcripts in the application. Financial need is also not a consideration.

Applications may be submitted by any Class of 2014 high school senior in New England and must be postmarked by March 25, 2014. There is no standardized application form to complete. Applications should be written in letter form and should include a narrative of the student's achievements in animal protection, as well as a discussion of his or her attitude toward animals. Documentation of the activities cited, recommendations from at least three people, and a description of future plans for humane work are required. Supporting letters from teachers, mentors, supervisors, peers and other observers are also helpful. In addition, applications should include the student's home address and phone number. Applications should be sent to:

The Humane Society of the United States
Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship
2100 L St, NW
Washington, DC 20037

The award recipient will be announced by May 15, 2014.

The Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship honors the memories of several members of the Shaw and Worth families:

Christopher Gratton Shaw (1946-1965) was recognized as a dedicated humanitarian during his brief life. He loved and gave scrupulous care to his horses, dogs, and cats. He revered the woods and fields and all the creatures therein and was actively involved in the rescue of distressed animals. The rescues ranged from saving a badly injured peacock to rehabilitating a stable full of sick and starving horses. His example inspired kindness in children and earned respect from adults.

Admiral James C. Shaw (1913-1988): Graduated Annapolis 1936, U.S. Navy line officer, Knight Commander of the Royal Nassau (the Netherlands), naval historian, Naval technical director for "The Cain Mutiny," educator, and humane society executive who played a significant role in promoting humane education throughout New England. He served as the executive director the Connecticut branch of The Humane Society of the United States and later as director of The HSUS New England Regional Office. Admiral Shaw worked to develop the Connecticut branch of The HSUS and was instrumental in establishing the Norma Terris Humane Education Center in East Haddam, Connecticut. The Center serves as the headquarters for the Society's youth education division. The support of the Norma Terris-Albert Firestone Foundation significantly enhances the scholarship award with its generous contributions.

Elizabeth R. P. Shaw (1919-2001), an art teacher and author whose love for animals was her life. Every stray and discarded animal she came across found a home with this loving woman. She innately understood their needs and gave freely of her every hour to their well-being. Betsy's animals, in turn, were unequivocally devoted to her. Her kindness to animals was a beacon to all, and throughout Betsy's life, her advice in their treatment and betterment was regularly sought by many. In addition, Betsy was ever steadfast in her support of her husband in his efforts to build the Humane Education Center in Salem, Connecticut.

Elizabeth Shaw-Worth (1950-1992), whose interest in children and animals was paramount in her life, had a remarkable ability to relate to the wild animals that neighbors brought to her home. She understood that children who loved animals and were kind to them would grow up to be kind and loving toward other human beings. She taught her own children to respect all animal life and to aid those in distress.

Ian James Worth (1980-1999), who once nursed a raccoon with a broken leg back to health and returned it to the wild; who would have carried on the family tradition of the humane treatment of animals and made his family proud.

The Shaw-Worth families offer special thanks to the Norma Terris-Albert Firestone Foundation for its continuous support, The Humane Society of the United States for its ongoing efforts to assure the success of the scholarship, and to all who have contributed so generously. - Samuel Shaw, President, Shaw-Worth Scholarship

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