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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Local group seeks to help students who love animals

In a tribute to The Purr Project‘s guardian angel, the group has created an academic scholarship honoring Suzan D’Antonio.
D’Antonio, of Hamden, a veterinary technician and animal lover, died in March 2008. On her behalf, her family and friends donated almost $4,000 to the Purr Project.
To honor D’Antonio’s memory and carry on her work of caring for animals, The Purr Project, Inc. will grant a yearly $1,000 academic scholarship to eligible college students and incoming freshmen enrolled in a veterinary technology or pre-vet program. Named the Suzan D’Antonio Full Bucket Scholarship, after book "How Full is Your Bucket?," the scholarship will be awarded to those who have demonstrated the notion of filling buckets and therefore giving back to animals who have no voice, a statement said.
The $1,000 scholarship is meant to "support the supporter" by being available for books, supplies, meal plans, and certain fees that many other scholarships do not cover.
Complete eligibility requirements are being formulated and will be based on: a history of giving back to animals, need, and GPA, among other factors.
The annual award will be granted for the first time this summer, for the 2009-10 school year. Applications will be available through most college and high school counselors’ office by May 11, online at’Antonio, or by calling The Purr Project, Inc. at (203) 865-0878. Deadline for submitting applications is August 3.
The program will be administered by The Purr Project Foundation, a volunteer group that will also include members of the D’Antonio family. Donations to the foundation can be made with a credit card or Paypal through the Purr Project, Inc. Web site at, or sending a check or money order to The Purr Project Foundation. 843 State St. New Haven, 06511.
The Purr Project Foundation is staffed by an all volunteer force and more than 90 percent of each donation goes directly to helping students.


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