Auxiliary to the AVMA Scholarship Program

The AVMF is extremely proud to offer the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program, which was created in recognition of the AVMF’s long-standing relationship with the Auxiliary to the AVMA. We are committed to helping offset the cost of veterinary medical education. The Auxiliary will be awarding $1,000 scholarships to students meeting the criteria below.


The application cycle for 2022-2023 is now open.

Application Criteria

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • 2nd or 3rd-year student in good standing at a qualifying AVMA-accredited school
  • Member of SAVMA
  • Strong commitment to academics with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Leadership role with university-affiliated or non-university-affiliated organizations

Timeline

  • Applications accepted September 1 - October 15, 2022
  • Applications reviewed October 15 - December 31, 2022
  • Award notification and check disbursement Spring Semester

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The Auxiliary to the AVMA is a non-profit organization of family, veterinarians, associates, and friends of the veterinary profession whose purpose is to promote the science and art of veterinary medicine through communications, education, and support of those associated with the profession. Shortly after World War II, the Auxiliary started a student loan fund to assist with the hardships facing veterinary families due to injury or death from the war. Despite the tough economic times of that era, the Auxiliary was successful in raising money to assist practitioners. The Auxiliary’s support of the veterinary profession has continued uninterrupted since that time.

In 2013, the Auxiliary transferred $2,000,000 to the AVMF to establish The Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program. Annual proceeds from the endowment will support veterinary student scholarships for many years to come. Scholarships will be awarded to students at each of the AVMA-accredited veterinary colleges in the United States and the following international veterinary colleges: Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada; St. George's University and Ross University in the Caribbean; Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Royal Veterinary College and the University of Glasgow in Europe. To be eligible a school must be AVMA-accredited and have an active SAVMA chapter. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. 

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 scholarship recipients!

“This scholarship grants me relief from my high financial burden of veterinary school and allows me to focus on my studies. It is my goal as a future veterinarian to pass along the generosity shown to me through my own awards, scholarships, and donations.”

Morgan Summers
Atlantic Veterinary College

“I am incredibly grateful to be chosen for the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship will allow me to relieve some of my financial stress and pursue networking and externship opportunities this year. This will open more doors for both my future career and ways I can one day give back!”

Emily Flaherty
Auburn University CVM


“I am so grateful and honored to be awarded this scholarship. Not only will it help me financially, but it will allow me the opportunity to take on summer learning experiences that will further my career as a veterinarian. This scholarship also provides a ray of light and hope during a time when veterinary students are struggling with the juggle of veterinary school during a pandemic. I am truly grateful and appreciative for this award and opportunity to grow as a future veterinarian!”

Sommer Pollard
Auburn University

 
“The AVMF Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship will help to offset the cost of necessary mental health and wellbeing services associated with being an active service dog user. This scholarship proves AVMFs support for veterinary students is a priority so that we can continue to make progressive changes within our industry to advance the accessibility to mental health resources for ourselves and our colleagues.”

Maggie Howell
Colorado State University


“This scholarship helps to alleviate some of the financial burdens of veterinary school. As someone who wants to pursue a residency, this scholarship will allow me to reach my goals and continue to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinary ophthalmologist.”

Katie Jones
Colorado State University


“I am so thankful to have received the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. This award will significantly support my goal of becoming an aquatic veterinarian. I look forward to sharing my experiences with Aquadocs Podcast listeners and inspiring other veterinary students interested in the study and conservation of aquatic species." 

Michelle Greenfield
Cornell University


“I am beyond grateful for this scholarship and what it will do for my family and me! I am expecting my first child in February so this scholarship will definitely curtail some of the financial difficulties that attending vet school and having a family brings. I am appreciative to be able to continue on my path of becoming a wildlife and aquatic vet with this amazing contribution.”

Kyara Moran
Cornell University


"As a recipient of the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship, this award reduces the financial burden associated with the cost of higher education allowing me to pursue my passion for food animal medicine and practicing in rural underserved communities." 

Madison Durflinger
Iowa State University


"I am very humbled and honored to receive this scholarship! As a veterinary student who wants to practice Animal Shelter and Community medicine, this scholarship will go a long way in aiding my goals of helping underprivileged animals and people. While this field of veterinary medicine is not the most profitable, it is a deep passion of mine and I am extremely grateful for this scholarship to help me continue to pursue it."

Alex Miller
Iowa State University

“I am beyond honored and grateful to receive this scholarship. This contribution will help lessen the burden of student debt upon myself and my family- allowing me to focus more wholly on what I entered this career to do: help animals and the people who love them. Thank you for your support and belief in me and other future veterinarians!”

Rachel Miller
Kansas State University


“I want to extend my immense gratitude to the AVMF for selecting me as one of this year’s recipients. It is an honor to join such a prestigious group of veterinary peers. This scholarship is a welcome reprieve from the financial strain veterinary education—and an unexpected, prolonged global pandemic—can bring. I am grateful to be able to shift my focus from finances to instead furthering my professional and academic endeavors to best serve my community.”

Payton Wise
Kansas State University


“Using these funds, a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, and my experiences, I hope to once again be a contributor to the field of academic veterinary research. Being from a non-traditional background, Veterinary Medicine has been almost like a second career for me. While it has been difficult, I have never worked this hard in my life and it is amazing seeing what the fruits of my labor can bring. With this donation, I will be one step closer to achieving my goals and I have the AVMF to thank for that.”

Scott Brovarney
Lincoln Memorial University

 


"This scholarship will help to ease the financial stress associated with travel to externships and clinical rotations. Taking out large amounts of loans for vet school is stressful enough, so this scholarship will give me some peace of mind, as well as the ability to focus on my experiences rather than the costs associated with them!"

Ashley R. Duncan
Lincoln Memorial University

“I am so beyond thankful to have been selected! I am honored to be supported by people who believe in my potential to change the lives of others. I promise to continue dedicating my leadership and passion to veterinary medicine while giving back to the community as much as possible. With the generosity of organizations like the AVMF, future generations of veterinarians will be able to resolve our most pressing global challenges by being the change they wish to see.”

Madeline Davidson
Long Island University


“Especially in the midst of a pandemic, I am incredibly grateful to have been a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This award will not only help alleviate the financial burden of veterinary school but will allow me the travel and shadow at specialty hospitals in nearby cities, expanding my knowledge in niche and innovative areas of veterinary medicine.”

Gia Diaz
Long Island University


“I am so grateful to receive the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help to relieve some of the financial burdens of vet school while supporting me this summer as I complete externships in small animal emergency clinics around the country. Many thanks to the AVMF for their continued support of veterinary students like me.”

Rachel Mathy
Louisiana State University

“It is such an honor to receive the AVMF Auxiliary to the AVMA Scholarship. The cost of a veterinary education can be quite daunting at times, but scholarships such as this one make the financial burden much easier to bear. I am so thankful to be entering my clinical year with this award to help offset the costs of expanding my education via externships, as I know that these opportunities will be invaluable to my development as a veterinarian.”

Madison Rigdon
Louisiana State University

“Thank you very much! This scholarship helps alleviate the burden of the high cost of veterinary school and allows me to focus on my studies and my family. I feel supported by the AVMF community. I look forward to graduating next year and making a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.”

 Megan M Allen
Michigan State University


“I’m extremely thankful to the AVMF and Auxiliary board of directors, staff, and volunteers for selecting me as a grant recipient. I hope to pursue a residency in anatomic pathology following veterinary school, and a big burden for me this past year has been to find funding to extern at these programs. This grant will play a big role in preparing for the next chapter of my medical career. Thank you again!”

Bayla Bessemer
Michigan State University


“Being chosen for this scholarship is a great honor for me. It has highlighted the impact I have made in society thus far and drives me to continue to work hard and persevere through adversity.” 

Britta Butterfield
Midwestern University

"I am honored to be a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship! This scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial burdens of veterinary school, allowing me to purchase the books and supplies necessary to succeed in my clinical rotations."

Mary Griffin Logue
Midwestern University

“I am grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the AVMF Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. This will provide support to my educational costs accumulated in veterinary school and ultimately assist me in achieving my goals. Thank you for providing opportunities like this for veterinary students!”

Haley Daniels
Mississippi State University


“This scholarship will aid me in pursuing externships in the field of exotic and wildlife medicine.”

Kyle Ferguson
Mississippi State University


"I am very excited to have been selected for this scholarship. Thanks to the AVMF, I am looking forward to participating in externships and other unpaid learning opportunities that would have been financially challenging to pursue otherwise."

Carrisa W. Amoriello
North Carolina State University

"I am extremely grateful to the AVMF and Auxiliary Boards of Directors for this scholarship. The financial relief provided by this scholarship will allow me the flexibility to spend more time focused on my studies and to perform a global health research project in Kenya this summer as I work towards a career in food animal practice and public health."

Lilly Smith
North Carolina State University

"Being the first Doctor to come from my family, this scholarship will be a huge benefit to me as I enter into my final year of veterinary school and one step closer to my goal. It is scholarships like this one that have been essential along my path and have helped me get closer and closer to reaching my destination. I could not have come this far without the financial help this scholarship will offer me."

Cody Gingrich
Oklahoma State


“Throughout veterinary school, I have worked multiple jobs to offset the high costs of achieving this dream. This scholarship will allow me to be more secure in my finances and direct a greater focus toward my academics and improving my mental health.”

Cecelia Dean
Oregon State University


"Thank you so much for making the Auxiliary to the AVMA Scholarship available.  I am so honored to have been selected to receive this scholarship.  This will have a significant impact on my ability to manage my finances/debt for vet school, and I am so grateful for this award.  It is my dream to be able to pay it forward in the future to other hopeful veterinary students."

Shelby Matsuoka
Oregon State University

“I’m extremely grateful to be chosen as a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. As I pursue a career in small animal emergency medicine, I will use these funds to offset the accumulating costs of traveling for externships during my clinical year. Thank you, AVMF, for your continued support of veterinary students as they work to achieve their professional goals!”

Megan Riley
Purdue University

“Being a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship is truly an honor. This scholarship will ease the financial burden of my veterinary education and open the door for me to pursue further specialty training in veterinary oncology. I’m humbled by this support from the AVMF and hope to be able to pay it forward for future generations of veterinary students!”

Kathryn A. Wolfert
Purdue University


“Words cannot describe how grateful I am for being chosen for the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship! Receiving this scholarship has lightened my financial stressors and helped me continue to remain focused on my veterinary career. Thank you so much for selecting me for this scholarship and thank you to all the generous donors!” 

Nicole Schott
Ross University


"I want to thank the Scholarship Review Committee of the AVMF for considering my application and choosing me as one of the recipients. I am truly honored to be a recipient. This scholarship will have an immense impact to my ability to pay for my education and will assist me in obtaining my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. With this financial assistance, I can continue pursuing my goal of becoming a small or laboratory animal veterinarian and eventually specializing."

Courtney Westover
Ross University

"I am so thankful to have been awarded this scholarship. These funds will allow me to continue focusing on my academic journey and to take advantage of exciting new EMS opportunities."

Katherine Miller
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies - The University of Edinburgh

“This scholarship will help with my externship costs. I plan to gain as much clinical experience as I can before graduating!”

Mary Pham
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies


“I am so honoured to be one of the recipients of this year’s Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. It will greatly help in alleviating some of the costs of attending veterinary school and will allow me to focus more on my career centered around veterinary public health. I am very grateful for the generosity directed towards assisting the next generation of diverse veterinarians.”

Lauren Ann Bauer
Royal Veterinary College - University of London


“This scholarship will help with the financial burden associated with veterinary school. As I am passionate about working as a rural veterinarian for underserved communities, I know that I need to plan for the financial difficulties associated with working in hard-to-reach areas of the world. This scholarship helps to alleviate some of the financial pressures I am currently facing which will go a long way towards facilitating my career in service.”

Rachel Moore
Royal Veterinary College - University of London

“The best way for me to thank the committee is by using this scholarship to not only help further my career but to also improve the lives of others! I hope to become a board-certified zoo veterinarian in the future which means participating in externships during my formative years of vet school. The scholarship will help relieve some of the financial burdens that accompany these life-changing opportunities. I will forever be thankful that the AVMF supported my journey!”

Ryan Anthony Navarro
St. George’s University

"I am so grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship. It will help me so much with extra expenses due to the pandemic."

Samantha Scott
St. George's University


"I am so honored to have been selected as a recipient for the Auxiliary AVMF Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial strain associated with being a veterinary student and allow me to focus on furthering my veterinary education. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity."

Ashley L. Cubb
Texas A&M University


“I am exceptionally grateful for this generous scholarship and the support of the AVMF. Through this financial support, I am able to lighten the financial burden of veterinary school and be able to look toward post-graduation plans. I hope to return home and be able to provide excellent veterinary care while also becoming involved with my community. I am so thankful for the opportunities granted to me along my journey and can’t wait to find a way to return this support once I am a practicing veterinarian.”

Brittany Campbell
Texas A&M University

“This financial support allows me to finish veterinary school and enter post-graduate education with less fear of the financial implications. This award allows me to focus on what I love in veterinary medicine – learning and serving others.”

Kyleigh Tyler
The Ohio State University

“I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the AVMA Auxiliary Scholarship! I will be utilizing this scholarship to cover some of the costs of my fourth-year rotations. This assistance will relieve both financial and mental stress as I pursue a career in large animal surgery.”

Taylor J. Williams
The Ohio State University


"I am very grateful to be selected for this scholarship. I entered the veterinary profession to make a positive impact through One Health with no expectations of a large income post-graduation. This scholarship helps alleviate some stress of daunting student loans as I work towards a meaningful career."

Katie Fleming
Tufts University


“I greatly appreciate this scholarship from the AVMF. Because of it, I am able to work less and focus on my studies more. It also motivates me to push harder in my schoolwork and extracurriculars to keep making a difference and work towards my dream of becoming a livestock veterinarian. Thank you again.”

Rachel Kanefsky
Tufts University

“Along with being a full-time veterinary student, I also work as a pharmacist to support myself. This scholarship will have a huge impact on my quality of life by allowing me to take on fewer hours at work, and free up more time to focus on my studies.”

Christin Rouse
Tuskegee University

“As a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship, I extend my sincere appreciation. My long-term goal is to be a board-certified veterinary neurologist. This scholarship is essential to my continuous pursuit of that goal and has lightened my financial burden. I hope one day I will be able to help veterinary medical students achieve their purpose just as you have helped me.” 

Danyelle Stroud
Tuskegee University


“I am incredibly honored and grateful to be selected for the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. As I prepare to enter clinical year, this scholarship eases some of my financial burdens and will allow me to pursue invaluable externship opportunities I would not have been able to attend otherwise. Thank you!” 

Cayley Childress
University of Arizona


“I am so grateful to both the AVMF and AVMA for their dedication to veterinary students. I am incredibly honored to receive the AVMF Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. With this financial support, I will be able to eliminate some of my financial burdens. I am beyond excited to continue to further my career in veterinary medicine. I am thankful to organizations such as yourself for continuing to better our community through your generosity.”

Erica Conn
University of Arizona

"Receiving the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship is a tremendous honor, and I am very humbled to have been selected from so many deserving candidates. This scholarship will alleviate some of the financial burdens of obtaining a veterinary degree and allow me to focus on my goals of pursuing internships and residency in a small animal specialty. Thank you to AVMF for enabling me to pursue my passion for Veterinary Medicine!"

Prathima Garudadri
University of California, Davis

“This scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial burdens from veterinary school, enabling me to focus on my career interests in comparative oncology and entrepreneurship. I am motivated to utilize my veterinary and research training towards becoming a clinician scientist through which I can progress alternative therapies for dogs and humans with cancer.”

Madison Luker
University of California, Davis


“Receiving the AVMF scholarship is truly an honor. I, like many veterinary students, worry about accumulating student debt, this scholarship will help lighten some of my financial burdens. It is great to have a support system amongst the veterinary community, and in the future, I hope to help students achieve their goals, just as you have helped me. Thank you!”

Cristina Chinchayan
University of Florida


“I am grateful and honored to be selected as the recipient of the AVMF Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship is a testament to the hard work I have put in to make it to this point and I am very grateful to have been chosen. It will certainly help afford me the preparatory materials required for the NAVLE.”

Benjamin Rogers
University of Florida

“I am incredibly honored to be a recipient of the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help support me on my journey towards becoming a veterinary ophthalmologist, and I could not be more grateful. Thank you AVMA!”

Ruth Barrow
University of Georgia

“I am incredibly honored to be awarded the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help decrease my financial burden and allow me to pursue additional learning opportunities such as traveling to a very large emergency hospital for an externship during my clinical year. Thank you so much for this opportunity!”

Corinne Sampson
The University of Georgia


"I am very appreciative of the AVMF for awarding me with this scholarship. Your generosity supports my education and my goals in becoming an equine veterinarian."

Amanda Bowen
University of Illinois


"I am very honored to be receiving the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. Not only has this scholarship granted me some loan stress relief, but it also allows me to pursue other interests within this field that I couldn't afford otherwise."

Crystal Munguia
University of Illinois

"A simple thank you cannot begin to explain how grateful I am. This award will lessen the impact of my financial stressors while increasing the time I can dedicate to my studies and club activities. It will continue fueling my passion and incessant drive to excel within the veterinary field."

Kayla L. Chase
University of Minnesota

“The Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship will help me fund the additional cost of my dual degree program (Public Health and Veterinary Medicine) which isn't otherwise covered by traditional Federal loans.”

Michael Streitz
University of Minnesota


“I am honored to receive this scholarship! This will help alleviate some of the financial stress that comes with veterinary school. Reducing stress is important to me so I can fully focus on my education and goals to become a board-certified zoological veterinarian!”

Jainee Cowen-Matteson
University of Missouri


“It is an honor to have been selected to receive an AVMF Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. By decreasing my student loan burden, this award will make it more feasible for me to pursue internship and residency training to become a board-certified specialist after graduating from veterinary school.” 

Robert Max Holzman
University of Pennsylvania

“I am grateful to the AVMF for awarding me a scholarship that will help further my veterinary education. Reduced student loan debt will allow me to pursue a career in community-based veterinary medicine focused on providing affordable care to underserved populations. As I approach my clinical rotations and the NAVLE, I will now be able to make use of resources to prepare myself for entry into practice.”

Victoria Kranz
University of Pennsylvania

"I am incredibly honored to have been selected to receive the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial burdens of veterinary school and allow me to focus more on my clinical experiences. I am grateful to the AVMF for their support and encouragement in my future. Thank you all so much!" 

Lindsay Hopper
University of Tennessee


“My sincerest gratitude goes to the AVMF for financially supporting my path to DVM. I am honored to be trusted to pay it forward during my efforts to contribute to wildlife conservation. Thank you for this motivating token that helps prioritize my health on my veterinary journey.”

Ally Mayhew
University of Tennessee


“This scholarship helps to decrease my debt load, which helps me to better give back to my community through outreach work locally and through Equitarian Initiative. Thank you all so much for honoring me with this award, I greatly appreciate this opportunity!”

Morgan Falk
University of Wisconsin

“I am deeply humbled to be a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. Heading into veterinary school, I understood the financial challenges it would bring. However, AVMF has reduced some of the financial burdens that my education is accompanied by. I can now focus more on my studies and less on where my next loan will come from. It is a gift like this that will allow me to develop into a better veterinarian.”

Madeline Zutz
University of Wisconsin

“Being a selected recipient is both an honor and a privilege. While the monetary requirement of pursuing a veterinary career is an unavoidable reality for most, through the immense generosity of organizations such as the AVMF, students like myself are able to focus more on their aspirations. This scholarship will help to offset the cost of my veterinary education while I remain focused on my goal of pursuing specialization. Thank you, AVMF, for your continued support of veterinary students!”

Haleigh Hixson
Virginia-Maryland CVM


“I am currently working three jobs at WSU. Although these jobs keep me very busy, they help more with my experience than my budget. As a student wanting to gain experience in wildlife medicine, which is not part of the normal curriculum at WSU, I have to seek experiences outside of school. The AVMF Legacy Endowed Scholarship has granted me the ability to pay for my certification in Conservation and Wildlife in Veterinary Medicine through Purdue University. “

Michaele Lemons
Washington State University


"This scholarship money will allow me to continue my education and start to pay for my acupuncture certification. I am extremely grateful for the help I receive throughout my schooling and look forward to helping others as soon as I graduate!"

Sydney Vallin
Washington State University

“I am honored to be a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. It is heartening to know others believe in and are supporting me on my journey to becoming a veterinarian. Thanks to the generosity of the AVMF I will be able to access additional resources and professional development opportunities.”

Kristina Junghans
Western University of Health Sciences

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be a recipient of this year’s AVMA Scholarship. Receiving this scholarship will aid me in my pursuit of becoming a small animal clinician, providing financial support to travel to various rotations during my upcoming clinical years. Thank you for your generosity, I am very grateful for this opportunity!”

Sharona Sedighim
Western University of Health Sciences

 

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