September 01, 2017


 AVMF, AVMA award inaugural veterans scholarships

Posted Aug. 16, 2017

Last year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson's signing of the National Defense Act of 1916 and the creation of a Veterinary Corps within the U.S. Army, the AVMA and American Veterinary Medical Foundation established a special scholarship for military veterans pursuing an education in veterinary medicine. Now, the four recipients of the first AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans have been named. Recipients of the $1,000 scholarships are as follows:

  • Jemma Pipkin (Kansas State '19)
  • Bronwen Horschel (Auburn '20)
  • Graciela Orantes (Iowa State '20)
  • Lizabeth Rennecker (North Carolina State '19)

To be eligible, students must be veterans of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, or Navy and be in their first, second, or third year at any AVMA Council on Education–accredited veterinary school. More information is available at

In addition, the AVMF awarded the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation Legacy Scholarship ($500) to Isabel Jimenez (Cornell '19), the Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship ($500) to Shakera Fudge (Tuskegee '18), the Mildred C. Sylvester Scholarship ($1,000) to Merrill Simpson (Colorado State '19), and the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Scholarship ($2,500) to Casey Clements (Tennessee '18).

Finally, the following veterinary students are the 2017 recipients of the Harold Wetterberg Foundation Scholarship and received amounts ranging from $7,500 to $12,500:

  • Lydia Ansen-Wilson (Wisconsin '18)
  • Erica Lachenauer (Cornell '18)
  • Monika Mostowy (Cornell '18)
  • Jessica Romanet (North Carolina State '18)
  • Kelly Cunningham (Colorado State '21)
  • Charlotte Burns (Pennsylvania '19)
  • Jonathan Nagel (Pennsylvania '18)
  • Jamie Huselton (North Carolina State '19)
  • Travis Grodkiewicz (Tufts '19)

Applications for the next round of AVMF scholarships will be available this fall and include the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. The company has recently increased its level of funding from $185,000 to $300,000, which will allow the AVMF to provide an additional 22 $5,000 scholarships for veterinary students in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean who are focusing on companion animal medicine. Thus, the $300,000 scholarship funding breakdown for second- and third-year veterinary students will be as follows:

  • Ten $5,000 scholarships for students with a food animal focus in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.
  • Thirty-two $5,000 scholarships for students with a companion animal focus in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.
  • Fourteen $5,000 scholarships for students in Latin America and Southeast Asia.

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Army Veterinary Corps centennial statue dedicated (Oct. 1, 2016)