We are excited to announce the 2017 AutoPets scholarship winners!

Students were asked to submit an essay describing an innovative pet product idea in line with AutoPets’ mission to design highly functional, easy-to-use products with a modern aesthetic, that make caring for your pet more enjoyable. Entrants were asked to describe a digital or physical pet product of the future that could be brought to market to fulfill a need in an innovative way. Each essay had to include how the idea was conceived, why it is needed, what makes it unique, who the target audience is, and what the marketing and retail strategies would be. We received 973 entries from high school, college, and graduate level students.

2017 AutoPets Scholarship Winners

Grand Prize $1,500 Scholarship

Téa B. for her idea of a smart tether that would prevent dogs from getting tangled up.

Second Place $1,000 Scholarship

Maneesha R. for her idea of a cat toy with interactive motion-sensitive graphics that would boost a cat's mental and physical fitness.

Third Place $500 Scholarship

Alejandra M. for her idea of a smart dog door that would take the work out of letting your pet in and out.

Congratulations to Téa, Maneesha, and Alejandra! And thanks to all who applied! The 2018 Out-of-the-Box Thinking Scholarship will be announced in the spring. Information will be posted on our scholarship page.