AVMF Scholarships

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation awards scholarships to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students attending accredited colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States.  (3rd and 4th year students may apply for the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Scholarship and 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students at the international AVMA accredited schools may apply for the AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans.)  Students are encouraged to consider both traditional and non-traditional careers as they move forward in their education to understand the many options that the veterinary profession offers.

APPLICATIONS for these additional AVMF scholarships are no longer being accepted. Please check back in March 2018 for information about 2018 scholarships.

2018 AVMF Scholarship Opportunities

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans - 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 Corp within the U.S. Army, the AVMA and AVMF established a special scholarship for military veterans pursuing an education in veterinary medicine.  $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to veterans of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy currently in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of veterinary school at any AVMA accredited school.

AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Scholarship - An annual $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a 3rd or 4th year student who demonstrates an interest in feline veterinary medicine.  The recipient of this award must be able to document a history of participation in activities that benefit the health and welfare of cats, including research, shelter work, cat clubs and other community service programs.  A strong GPA and financial need are also considered for this scholarship.

Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation - For over 44 years this association provided scholarships to deserving veterinary students, regardless of gender.  The organization's legacy continues to live in the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program, which awards a $500 scholarship annually.  This scholarship is open to 1st, 2nd and 3rd year veterinary students.

Mildred Sylvester Scholarship - The estate of Mildred Sylvester established an endowed scholarship that awards a $1,000 annual scholarship to an outstanding 1st, 2nd or 3rd year veterinary student with a connection to the state of New Jersey (current or past resident, high school or college graduate). 

Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship - Juliette Fassett, founder of Dr. McGrath's animal shampoo, partners with the AVMF in offering a $500 scholarship to a female veterinary student in her 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of veterinary school.  Dr. McGrath is recognized as America's first practicing female veterinarian.  Born in 1888, she graduated from the Chicago Veterinary College in 1910 and went on to practice veterinary medicine in Chicago.  She was also the first female admitted in to the AVMA.  The recipient of this award will be selected based on her story of how she achieved her veterinary goals with the strength and determination of Dr. McGrath.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 AVMF Scholarships!

Mildred Sylvester Scholarship
"I am honored to receive the Mildred Sylvester Scholarship as this award celebrates my New Jersey roots. I want to thank the AVMF Scholarship Review Committee and the AVMF Board of Directors for awarding me this scholarship." Merrill Simpson, Colorado State University  

Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship
"I wish to extend my sincere appreciation as the recipient of the Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship.  It is such a great privilege to be selected for this award and I am extremely grateful. Through your generous support, it is possible for me to continue to achieve my educational and career goals."  Shakera Fudge, Tuskegee University

Association for Women Veterinarians Legacy Scholarship
"It is such an honor to be chosen as a recipient for this scholarship.  Our actions as veterinarians can have influence at a global scale, including profound impact on policy, climate change and public health.  I am so grateful for the support to pursue this career."  Isabel Jimenez, Cornell University

AVMF/Winn Feline Scholarship
"Cats have always been a very special part of my life and played a critical role in my very early decision to become a veterinarian.  I have worked hard to learn as much as possible about this wonderful species. I hope to eventually work in a small animal general practice or emergency clinic with feline friendly practices, or even a feline-only practice one day." Casey Clements, University of Tennessee

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the AVMA/AVMF for awarding this scholarship to me. I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this scholarship knowing that there are many worthy applicants.  Attending school as a spouse and parent has unique challenges. This award will ease some of the financial challenges associated with attending veterinary school." Bronwen Horschel, Auburn University

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans
"I am honored and humbled to be nominated for this scholarship. I am glad that I can continue to represent the military while pursing my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I owe a lot of thanks to the mentors, leaders, Soldiers and NCO's that have pushed me along the way.  I will continue to do my best to honor their commitment and sacrifice in all my endeavors." Graciela Orantes, Iowa State University

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans
"I am honored to be a recipient of this scholarship. I plan to bring the same dedication and vigilance to my patients, clients and community during my veterinary career that guided me through the Army. AVMF and AVMA brought me closer to fulfilling that dream."  Jemma Pipkin, Kansas State University

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans
Lizabeth Rennecker, North Carolina State University
"For students pursuing a veterinary degree, finances are always a concern and any way we can reduce the stress associated with money during our studies has a huge impact. For me, the AVMF scholarship for military veterans is more than money.  By introducing this scholarship, the AVMF is not only recognizing veterans' service but also the unique skill set that we bring to the profession. I look forward to completing my veterinary education and continuing a life of service to my community and my country. I'm thankful to the AVMF for supporting not only me and my fellow veterans but also numerous other veterinary students in our pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine."