The Joyce Laughery Educational Award

Joyce's dream was to unite groomers from all over the country. She wanted to give them the opportunity to meet other groomers, to learn from them, to laugh with them.

Joyce was able to accomplish this goal with her Groomers Lounge website.

We would like to expand on this with the The Joyce Laughery Educational Award.

Each year, the Groomers Lounge will pick a continuing education seminar and the recipient will receive $300 toward the cost of attending that seminar.

To qualify, applicants must:

* Currently be a professional groomer

* Be over 21 years of age

* Have the ability to pay the remaining expenses related to attending that year's chosen continuing education seminar.

* Submit an essay telling us why you want to go, and what you hope to learn and accomplish.

* The winner will be required to submit an essay about the experience along with a photo to be posted on the Groomers Lounge website after the show.

Each year's recipient will be chosen by an anonymous panel of judges, based upon the essay. The winner is not based on financial need, but instead on the reasons they would like to attend the seminars. The winner will be required to show proof of pending and/or paid travel expenses before receiving the award.

Our 2010 Joyce Laughery Educational Award will be to Intergroom, April 16, 17, and 18, 2010 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ .

Intergroom has graciously donated entrance to the Three Day Trade Show, Friday Night Party, all regular classes offered in continuing education, complete access to all Competition watching and a ticket to the Saturday night Awards Dinner!**

To apply for this year's award, please submit your essay to

All entries must be received by January 15, 2010.

For more information please contact Barb Hoover

**Does not include any special half or full day classes that require separate registration.
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