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John Nash Memorial Scholarships

Changing the Life of a Rescue Organization Volunteer
The John Nash Memorial True Hero Scholarship is the opportunity for one person to train for a career in pet grooming or maybe a second career. Our commitment to safety and our training style focuses on the effectively and compassionate handling of animals and we believe the best pet groomers are pet lovers first and foremost. Rescue organizations and their volunteers share this vision and so it is with great pride that we offer these educational opportunities to “Be All You Can Be, At Nash Academy” – All for the Love of Dogs!

Nash Gives Education Program in a Big Way
When it came to the Rescue Honors at the World Dog Expo in 2017, Nash Academy was honored to donate a scholarship values at $8900 to one lucky rescue organization – All for the Love of Dogs! Nash Academy is always looking for new ways to make a difference by raising our contribution to rescue groups; the true heroes in our industry and our world.

Devoted to Our Profession
At the Nash Academy, we are devoted to the care and well-being of all dogs, and we believe profoundly that all dogs deserve loving, forever homes. Because of this, we work with and support various rescue organizations, and we realized that offering a scholarship to a rescue organization volunteer, who could then take his or her Nash knowledge and use it to make dogs in need of rescue beautifully groomed, had to become part of our program.

True Hero Scholarship Introduced
The John Nash Memorial – True Hero Scholarship was introduced in 2014 is awarded specifically to rescue organizations at IJA competition events. However in 2017, we felt it was time to expand our efforts to the World Dog Expo Rescue Honors program as rescue organizations continue to expand their efforts in helping and caring for sheltered animals every day. Their time, dedication, compassion and love for animals in an inspiration and truly deserve the honors that they are receiving at this expo event.

About Scholarship
The John Nash Memorial True Hero Scholarship, is a scholarship to our traditional dog grooming program, and awarded to dedicated and deserving individual from a rescue organization.

Making a Difference
“We recognize rescue groups all over the world need compassionate pet lovers trained to professionally and safely bathe, groom and style dogs to find homes and we believe Nash Academy can make a difference by our contribution,” says Vivian Nash.

The John Nash Memorial – True Hero Scholarship was actually inspired by a rescue dog named Oscar. The rescue group, Angel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary shared a photo of a sheltered dog named Oscar who needed to be groomed to be adopted and it was truly inspirational. It touched our hearts at Nash and we knew we could make a difference by offering the scholarship to a rescue group to award to a dedicated employee. Yes, rescue groups are the true heros when it comes to sheltered pets. They dedicate their time and attention to helping find forever homes to pets in need.
Thanks to the Angel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary and special thanks to “Oscar the Rescue Dog” and his story for inspiring the annual John Nash True Hero Scholarship Award– All for the Love of Dogs.

Nash Academy, IJA and Our Commitment To Rescue Organizations - No Dogs Left Behind
“Since 2013, Nash Academy and International Judges Association has conducted 11 RESCUE ME dog grooming competitions in the USA to help find homes for sheltered pets with a philosophy that “no dogs are left behind” with competition classes for all coat types,” says Denika Cluett, Marketing and Event Planner. “From short to smooth and from rough to curly coated, from young to old, and from big and small, we simply Love Them All! It is so rewarding to watch the compassion as our IJA Competitors bathe, groom and style rescue pets and their expressions when families adopt the pets from the ring!”

Changing the Life of a Homeless Pet is as Rewarding as it Gets
Our efforts do not stop at the pet expo shows. Nash Pet Salon in Lexington, Kentucky has been working closely with Woodstock Animal Foundation, Inc., to find homes for foster pets. The students at Nash Pet Salon bathe and groom the dogs and cats for FREE. “This is our way of showing our support to foster parents and our love for animals,” says Tanya Slater, daughter of Vivian Nash and President of Nash Academy.

Online and Onsite The Perfect Combination In Pet Care Education
Value: $8,900

At the Nash Academy, we are devoted to the care and well being of all dogs, and we believe profoundly that all dogs deserve loving, forever homes. Because of this, we work with and support various rescue organizations, and we realized that offering a scholarship to a rescue organization volunteer, who could then take his or her Nash knowledge and use it to make dogs in need of rescue beautifully groomed, had to become part of our program. Because of this, we are offering, the John Nash Memorial True Hero Scholarship, a full scholarship to our traditional dog grooming program, to a dedicated individual from a rescue organization. These people are the true heroes in our industry and our world.

About Nash Diploma Program
The Nash Academy Traditional Dog Grooming Diploma Program presents the total package in dog bathing, grooming, and styling education. Designed to provide the knowledge and practical skills necessary to gain employment as a professional dog bather, groomer and stylist, and build the foundation necessary to “ Be All You Can Be” in the pet care industry.

Nash Academy Traditional Dog Grooming Diploma Program includes:
  • 9 online instructor driven educational courses
  • 15 weeks of onsite practical skills training (600 Clock Hours)

PLUS THAT’S NOT ALL….
Effective June 5, the Dog Diploma Program expanded to give our students more in safety for the pet and the professional to prepare our graduates for industry licensing.

By partnering with The Universal Canine Certification Program, our dog grooming diploma programs at Nash Academy includes:
Qualifications for Scholarship:
  • Must attend the program at the Nash Pet Salon, the onsite training location for the Nash Academy in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Must enroll in the program by December 18, 2017. Classes start monthly
  • Must be associated with a rescue organization in the USA
  • Winner required to pay for 15 weeks housing. Nash Academy housing available
  • Contact Kim Royalty toll free at 1-888-491-2064 to enroll in the Nash Academy using the John Nash Memorial True Hero Scholarship - All For The Love Of Dogs, to be awarded at the World Dog Expo.

All For The Love Of Dogs
The John Nash Memorial True Hero Scholarship for a Rescue Group was introduced in 2014. It was inspired by an entry that was received for the John Nash Memorial Diploma Scholarship, for which candidates submit their stories about their dream to become a pet groomer. The entry that inspired the John Nash Memorial True Hero Scholarship was not from an individual but from a rescue organization.

Who is John Nash
This award is named after the late John Nash because he was indeed a true hero, working tirelessly to educate dog groomers and create a kind and compassionate world for dogs. In 1974, he opened his first grooming salon, Super Dog, which launched his stellar career. He went on to found the Nash Academy with his wife, Vivian, which quickly became the gold standard of grooming schools world-wide. Always an innovator, John developed the idea of online classes to prepare future groomers for the practical training they would receive, revolutionizing the industry. Also the founder, with Vivian, of the International Judges Association, another game changer for the grooming industry as it created international standards for grooming competitions, John won every award the industry had to offer for his visionary abilities in the grooming industry. John Nash loved dogs, and would be proud to have this scholarship offered in his name.