Student AVMA (SAVMA)

SAVMA Awards & Scholarships

On this page you will find listings of all Awards and Scholarships provided by the SAVMA House of Delegates Committees. For more information on any of these grants or applications, please contact the specific committee contact information provided below.

*SAVMA grant award recipients accumulating over $600 in stipends (for non-reimbursable events) in a calendar year, will be subject to taxes on funds received. Please consider discussing these tax implications with a tax professional before applying.

Jump to a specific committee award list here:
Animal Welfare and Environmental Stewardship Committee Awards

Education and Professional Development Committee Awards

Governmental Affairs Committee Awards

Integrative Communications and Diversity Committee Awards

International Veterinary Experience Committee Awards

Public Health and Community Outreach Committee Awards

SAVMA Symposium Committee Awards

SAVMA Wellbeing Committee Awards


AVMF Veterinary Student Scholarship Opportunities

Animal Welfare and Environmental Stewardship Committee Awards

For questions or to submit an application, contact: savma [dot] awescatgmail [dot] com

Application Amount Deadline

AWESC Human-Animal Bond Grant

5 grants of $500 each 10/31/2021

The purpose of this grant is to recognize projects that meet the following criteria: present a sustainable and/or far-reaching project that demonstrates clear benefit to the humans and animals involved, enhance the education of veterinary students in tangible ways, provide a platform for veterinary professionals to be involved meaningfully in the local community, and to benefit as many SAVMA members as possible. This grant it not intended to fund individuals or travel expenses.

AWESC Animal Welfare Grant

5 grants at $500 each 10/31/2021

The Educational Lecture Grant will be awarded to help defray expenses for special lectures to veterinary students/organizations on topics related to animal welfare and/or the human-animal bond. This is not intended as funding for individual students or student travel, although it may be used for speaker travel expenses.

AWESC Travel Award Application 5 grants at $500 each 4/1/2021-5/31/2021

The purpose of this grant is to reimburse SAVMA members who have attended a convention, conference, or educational trip related to animal welfare and/or the human-animal bond within the past 12 months.

AWESC Environmental Awareness Grant 1st place - $1000
3 honorable mentions - $500
Grant allows current SAVMA members to reach out and initiative environmental projects, engage in research, or attend conservation related events/meetings.


Education and Professional Development Committee Awards

For questions or to submit an application, contact: savma [dot] epdcatgmail [dot] com

Application Amount Deadline
SAVMA Externship Grant 25 grants at $300 5/1/2020
Externships are extremely important aspect of a veterinary student's learning experience. This grant is open to SAVMA members with off-campus externships between the dates of March 1, 2020 - May 1, 2020. Due to the large amount of expected applicants, we will only be accepting the first 300 applications for this grant.
Economics Initiative Essay Contest Application 2 awards at $500 1/11/2020

Economic stress is a major challenge for students entering the veterinary profession. Please suggest an actionable solution for SAVMA and/or the AVMA which will help to alleviate student financial stress. The grant will award funds to two students chosen for merits of their essay and the EPDC will work to implement these solutions if feasible. Grant will open October 11, 2019 - December 10, 2019.

Extracurricular Funding Fall Grant Application

Spring 2020 Extracurricular Project Reimbursement Grant

3 awards at up to $500 Up to

$200-$300 (at the discretion of the committee)


1/1/2020 - 5/1/2020

The purpose of the Spring 2020 Extracurricular Project Reimbursement Grant is to help mitigate some of the financial loss that veterinary student organizations have experienced due to COVID-19 school closings; however, because the Spring 2020 Extracurricular Grant was canceled, students who have already held events this semester and intended to, or have already applied for said grant, will also be considered for reimbursement.

Teaching Excellence Application Winning teacher receives $360 and all expense paid trip to 2020 SAVMA Symposium.

$200 award for author of winning entry

This award is offered to recognize outstanding teachers in our profession who deserve to be recognized for their impact on veterinary students. The teacher that is chosen will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 2020 SAVMA Student Symposium at Cornell University to address the SAVMA HOD and receive an award at Symposium gala.

NAVLE Digital Study Package Scholarship

(include your SAVMA ID in submission)
10 awards at $300 each 12/31/2019
This award is for students in their final years of vet school preparing for the NAVLE. Even if you have already purchased a NAVLE study package, you can be reimbursed up to $300. Grant opens October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019.
NAVLE Survey 5 awards at $100 5/1/2020
This award will open January 1, 2020 - May 1, 2020.
Retrospective Conference Travel Grant Application 6 awards at $250 10/31/19
This grant offers retrospective funding to veterinary students attending any conference (except SAVMA Symposium) from the dates August 1st, 2018 to July 31st 2019.

Governmental Affairs Committee Awards

For questions or to submit an application, contact: gac [dot] savma15atgmail [dot] com

Application Amount Deadline
Fall 2020 Policy Education Grant 6 grants 12/1/2020

These grants are for veterinary students and veterinary student organizations to provide funding for policy related lectures and/or events supplementing the college’s curriculum. Of the 6 available grants, 3 will be given to schools that have plans for original events and the remaining 3 will be provided speakers from the AVMA Political Action Committee to come speak about the importance of advocacy for veterinary medicine at the federal level.

Fall 2020 Government, Policy, and Public Health Travel Grant 6 grants 12/1/2020

These grants assist with the cost of attending government focused conferences, externships, or other unique experiences related to public policy. This grant will be awarded twice yearly with applications open from November 1st-December 1st, and April 1st-May 31st.


Integrative Communications and Diversity Committee Awards

For questions or to submit an application, contact: SAVMA [dot] ICDCatgmail [dot] com

Application Amount Deadline
Empowering Diversity in Veterinary Medicine Up to 5 grants from $250-$500 Spring:

10/1/2021 - 11/15/2021
The goal of this grant is to encourage veterinary students to engage in dialogue about diversity and inclusion among all members of their school and beyond through various activities and programs. Grant opens October 1 - November 15, 2021 for the fall and February 1 - March 15, 2021.
Travel Grant Supporting Diversity and Communications Up to 5 grants at $200 each 3/31/2021
The goal of this grant is to provide the financial resources to encourage students to attend conventions, symposiums, or other approved professional development conferences which promote diversity and communication within the veterinary profession. The event must occur between September 16, 2020 to March 31, 2021 to be eligible.
Communications Development Grant Up to 5 grants of $200 3/15/2021
The goal of this grant is to encourage creative programming projects involving the development and improvement of communication in veterinary medicine.
Purdue Diversity Certificate Grant Application 20 - $100 course fees 3/1/2021 - 4/15/2021
The goal of the Purdue Certificate Grant is to make the Purdue Certificate Program more accessible to students. Considerations will be made for students whose schools have already used their four AVMA sponsored seats and for non-US students whose schools don't qualify for said funding.
ICDC Equity in Veterinary Medicine Grant Up to $100 Spring:

8/1/2021 - 1/31/2022
The primary goal of this grant is to support the development of more equity in veterinary medicine by providing Black students and underrepresented groups with the funds to join organizations with opportunities for professional development, networking, mentorship, conferences, and community.


International Veterinary Experience Committee Awards

For questions or to submit an application, contact: ivecscholarshipsatgmail [dot] com

Application Amount Deadline
2021 International Veterinary Experience Scholarship $1000 each 04/30/21 at 11:59 pm CT

The International Experience Scholarship is awarded to deserving SAVMA members who demonstrate a strong desire to participate in a veterinary-related international experience. Cycle 1 opens on January 15, 2021 and is for experiences occurring between January 19, 2021 - July 19, 2021.

IVSA Local Chapter Support Scholarship Application Five Awards at $700 each 03/12/2021
at 11:59 pm CT

This application for the award will go to deserving IVSA Chapters that demonstrate strong financial need and offer a valuable plan to improve and strengthen their local IVSA Chapter. Grant opens Jan 1 - March 12, 2021.


Public Health and Community Outreach Committee Awards

For questions or to submit an application, contact: savma [dot] phcocatgmail [dot] com

Application Amount Deadline
Faculty Community Outreach Grant Winning teacher receives $360. $200 reward for author of winning entry 12/01/2020

The Faculty Community Outreach Award nomination is intended for students to publicly acknowledge how faculty members, clinicians, etc. in the veterinary field have gone above and beyond their own professional responsibilities and duties to interact with and make a difference in the local/global community.

Disaster Preparedness Grant Application Two $1000 grants and one $500 grant for clubs 4/30/2021

The Disaster Preparedness Grant will sponsor grants for individuals and clubs that are interested in hosting a disaster preparedness course, wet lab, or related event at their respective school.

Underserved Areas Grant Application One $1000 and two $500 grants for externships completed between 4/1/20 3/31/21 4/15/2021

The Underserved Areas grant aims to help SAVMA members that assist in an underserved area in the US or internationally. The grant can be used for veterinary supplies, travel or public education purposes.

CDC Public Health Essay Contest Twenty scholarships at $200 each 3/1/2021

This grant is meant to promote interest in public health and support SAVMA members considering a career in public health.

Community Outreach Grant Application Eight awards up to $500 3/1/2022

The Community Outreach Grant aims to help SAVMA members to integrate community service with the veterinary profession. This grant will help fund community service projects that a SAVMA member coordinates within their local community. The grant will be awarded on the years opposite of CDC Day Travel Grant.

SAVMA One Health Grand Challenge Three $1700 grants to be awarded 10/15/2020

SAVMA's One Health Grand Challenge was recently modified to more effectively inspire students in realizing the importance of our profession's role within the world of global and public health. More information can be found on the SAVMA One Health Grand Challenge page.

Research in Public Health Grant One award of $500 with up to $1000 travel reimbursement for presentation at SAVMA Symposium 5/15/2021
This grant supports and encourages current SAVMA members to participate in research projects related to the public health field by providing further funds to compensate for associated expenses.


SAVMA Symposium Committee Awards

For questions or to submit an application, contact: hodsymcoatgmail [dot] com

Application Amount Deadline
2020 SAVMA Symposium Travel Grant

(Email subject: SAVMA Symposium Travel Grant)
Ten international travel grants - $550 and

Twenty domestic grants - $350
This grant is designed to provide students with the opportunity to attend the annual SAVMA Symposium.


SAVMA Wellbeing Committee Awards

For questions or to submit an application, contact: savmawellbeingatgmail [dot] com

Application Amount Deadline
Supporter of Student Wellbeing Award Winning faculty/staff receive $360 and $200 to the nominating student 1/31/2021
This year, three faculty and staff will be awarded the Supporter of Student Wellbeing Award to be presented at the 2021 virtual SAVMA Symposium. This award recognizes and acknowledges individual faculty or staff members that go above and beyond to promote student wellbeing at their institutions especially during these trying times where mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health are of vital importance. This may include, but is not limited to, promoting mental, physical, spiritual and emotional intelligence amongst their students, creation or support of wellbeing initiatives and programming at their institutions, or serving as a role model that demonstrates the importance of self-care.
Health and Disability Scholarship 2 awards of $1,000 each 2/15/2021

This annual award will be granted to a deserving SAVMA member who carries the extra burden of a mental illness, learning disability, physical disability, or chronic disease during their time as a veterinary student. Applicants are required to submit a letter explaining what this scholarship would mean to them and the management of their health hardship. Disclosure of condition is not required.

Wellbeing Support Fund Varying amounts up to $2,500/cycle Fall Cycle:
7/1/2021 - 12/31/21

Summer Cycle:
(January 1st - June 30th) due 7/1/2021
This award will fund student applicants demonstrating the need for assistance with a project, lecture, or event(s) that will foster physical or mental wellbeing in their respective college.
LGBTQ+ Wellbeing Grant Two $500 grants in two different cycles Spring Cycle:
Deadline: Spring cycle: 3/15/21

Summer/Fall Cycle:
The SAVMA Wellbeing Committee wishes to support individuals or clubs involved with the LGBTQ+ community. In order to apply for this grant, an individual or group must be hosting events, disseminating information or otherwise supporting the LGBTQ+ community. This is in order to foster positivity and communication in this often marginalized group.