Two AVMA-sponsored scholarships were recently awarded to eligible high school seniors through the National FFA Scholarship Program. The AVMA hopes the awards will encourage students to seek a career in veterinary medicine.
Kacey Miles of Dodson, La., will attend Louisiana Tech University and study preveterinary science with the goal of becoming a veterinarian, and Sondra Downey of Broad Brook, Conn., will attend Dartmouth College and study biological sciences to become a pharmaceutical research scientist.
The $1,000 scholarships were among 1,637 funded by 133 business and industry sponsors and distributed by the FFA to reward excellence and enable FFA students to pursue their educational goals.
Scholarship recipients were selected from 8,420 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural experience, and future goals.
The AVMA has long recognized FFA students as ideal candidates for careers in veterinary medicine. To increase their understanding of the profession, the AVMA has supported the National FFA Organization for more than 35 years at its annual Career Show.
This year, the AVMA is further expanding its support through the scholarship sponsorships and development of a proficiency award in veterinary medicine that will become available to FFA students in 2009.