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The Derek Freeman Scholarship

The Derek Freeman Scholarship supports new or established breeding and puppy-raising programs undertaken by accredited members and Applicant organisations of the International Guide Dog Federation.

Derek Freeman was responsible for the breeding, rearing and training of some 20,000 puppies, across 30 years of service at the United Kingdom's Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Derek was a great friend and advisor to both Bill Thornton (British Columbia Guide Dog Services) and Paul Keymer (Minnesota Guide Dog Breeding Center) who, in recognition of Derek's extraordinary contribution to the guide dog movement, established the Derek Freeman Scholarship in 2006.  Applicants are requested every two years and are awarded at the IGDF Seminar.

Previous Derek Freeman Scholarship Recipients:

2016
Eyes on Four Paws Foundation, Bulgaria

Guide Dogs, UK

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Australia

Hong Kong Guide Dog Association, Hong Kong

Huikuang Guide Dog Foundation Taiwan, Taiwan

Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind, Ireland

South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind, South Africa


2014
Guide Dogs Victoria, Australia

Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services, Hong Kong

2012
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, UK

Japan Guide Dog Association, Japan

Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union, Slovakia