Students can apply for AVMF scholarship money

Published on February 11, 2015
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The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is offering more than two dozen scholarships for 2015.

New this year are $1,000 scholarships the Foundation plans to award to 12 first-, second-, or third-year veterinary students attending AVMA Council on Education–accredited schools in the U.S. and Caribbean. Specifically, two scholarships each will be awarded to students interested in the following areas of veterinary medicine:

  • Companion animal
  • Equine
  • Food animal
  • Poultry
  • Aquatic animal
  • Zoo animal

Through the Mildred C. Sylvester Scholarship Fund, the AVMF is also awarding multiple $1,000 scholarships to first-, second-, and third-year students attending AVMA COE–accredited veterinary schools and colleges.

In addition, the AVMF, via its Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation Legacy Scholarship program, will award up to eight scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each, depending on availability of funds. The applicant must be a U.S. resident and a second- or third-year student at an AVMA COE–accredited veterinary school.

The Foundation also continues to partner with the Winn Feline Foundation in awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a third- or fourth-year veterinary student with an interest in feline medicine. Emphasis is placed on students who are involved in, or volunteer for, activities that benefit the health and welfare of cats, such as research or shelter work. GPA and financial need are also considered.

The Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship is a $500 award to a female veterinary student who has had to overcome an obstacle in her life to pursue a veterinary career. Dr. McGrath, who graduated from Chicago Veterinary College in 1910, is recognized as America’s first practicing female veterinarian. The AVMF partners with Juliette Fassett for this award. She is founder of Dr. McGrath’s, a brand of animal grooming products named in honor of the pioneering veterinarian. A portion of sales from Dr. McGrath’s Conditioning Animal Shampoo funds this award.

The application for all those scholarships can be found here. The deadline for submission of applications for the scholarships is May 15.

Finally, the AVMF/Harold Wetterberg Scholarship program plans to award scholarships to current or former residents of New Jersey—or those who have graduated from a New Jersey high school or university—who are second- or third-year veterinary students or students enrolled in postgraduate education in veterinary medicine. Up to $15,000 each will be awarded to the winners; previous recipients are eligible to apply. The deadline for this scholarship program is March 15, and further information can be found here.

For more information on any of the scholarships, contact Cheri Kowal, AVMF manager of programs and impact. She can be reached by email at ckowalatavma [dot] org or by phone at (847) 285-6691.