Scholarship Program
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  As a pioneer for more than 40 years in the pet aftercare industry, former IAOPCC President and Board Director, Doyle L. Shugart, understood the importance of the deep bond between humans and their companion animals. Doyle worked tirelessly to promote and educate others about the need for compassionate and professional aftercare services when that faithful friend passes away. Following his death in July 2012, the IAOPCC dedicated its $1,000 Annual Vet Tech Scholarship Program in honor of Doyle’s tremendous educational contribution to our profession. The IAOPCC is proud to present the requirements, eligibility, and evaluation process of the Doyle L. Shugart Scholarship Program:


Eligibility Requirements:
The scholarship applicant will be required to be enrolled in one of the following courses:

  • Veterinary Technician enrolled in an accredited program
  •  Veterinary Student in their second year or greater of their education

Essay Requirements:
Applicants must submit an essay of 250 to 500 words about the value of dignified and compassionate aftercare while helping pet care professionals assist their clients as they deal with the loss of their pet.

Applicant Evaluation:
All submitted essays will be evaluated by the Scholarship and Ethics Committee and two finalists will be chosen and submitted to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for a final vote.

Scholarship Award:
After the final vote the winning essay applicant will be notified of the Board’s decision and awarded the $1,000.00 scholarship. The winning essay will be printed in our quarterly magazine, the News and Views, after the scholarship is awarded, along with a picture of the scholarship recipient.

The Annual Scholarship award is at the sole discretion of The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories. All information and content submitted will be verified for accuracy. Any essay that does not meet qualifications will not be considered for the scholarship.

Revised: October 2012

 PET OWNERS PLEASE NOTE: Former members are not entitled to use the IAOPCC membership logo. Please be sure to check our Membership Directory and verify that the Cemetery/Crematory is in fact a current member in good standing and not just borrowing the logo, or you may contact the Home Office directly at 1-800-952-5541 or