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.

Now accepting applications for 2021-2022

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

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Important Dates

  • Applications accepted September 1 – October 15, 2021
  • Applications reviewed October 15 – December 31, 2021
  • Award notifications and disbursement – Spring semester 2022

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 2020-2021 Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients!

"This scholarship not only grants me relief from my high financial burden of veterinary school, but also helps me to pursue additional education I would not have otherwise been able to afford. With this financial assistance, I hope to become certified in acupuncture during my time as a veterinary student. It is my goal as a future veterinarian to pass along the generosity shown to me through my own awards and donations."

Morgan Summers
Atlantic Veterinary College

"I am incredibly honored to be a recipient of the AVMA Scholarship. Thank you for your generosity to help support my dream of becoming a Diagnostic Imaging Specialist. This scholarship will enable me to offset some of the student loans I have acquired during my time in veterinary school and devote more time to aid in GM1/GM2 gangliosidosis research while in school."

Devin Osterhoudt
Auburn University

"This scholarship helps to reduce my cost while attending veterinary school and alleviates some of the associated stress."

Ryan de Kay
Colorado State University


"This scholarship means the world to me! It will definitely curtail some of the financial difficulties that attending vet school brings. I am grateful to be able to continue on my path of becoming a wildlife vet with your amazing contribution."

Kyara Moran
Cornell University

"Being selected for this scholarship is a great honor. This scholarship will not only support me directly, but also help me support others in my endeavors to make this profession more inclusive and equitable. So many people and organizations have supported me in my endeavors, and I am grateful and honored to represent the AVMF now as well. With this scholarship, I can continue down my path towards success, and help my community flourish. To the AVMF, I thank you."

Kate Alucard
Iowa State University

"I’m extremely grateful to receive the AVMF Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. This scholarship will help offset the financial burden of veterinary school and allow me to explore the vast array of career opportunities available to veterinarians. I cannot thank you enough for your support and for believing in me. It is my hope to one day pay it forward and help the next generation of veterinarians. Thank you for all you do!"

Ariel Carruth
Kansas State University

"Receiving this scholarship will help aid in the financial stress that comes along with vet school tuition and allows me to focus more on being the best poultry doctor I can be! I'm very grateful for this opportunity!"

Sydney Howell
Lincoln Memorial University

"I would love to specialize in small animal surgery after I graduate, however starting a residency with a mountain of student debt can be daunting. Receiving this scholarship has eased some of that financial burden, opening the door for different veterinary opportunities that I would not have been able to pursue without it."

Max Veenema
Louisiana State University

"Being a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship is such an honor! I’m incredibly grateful to receive support that not only alleviates financial stressors, but also allows me to focus more on my current classes and coursework."

Alexa Acevedo
Michigan State University

"I’m honored to be selected as the recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. The award is not only a testament to the hard work I’ve put into my studies, but also the support I’ve received from family and friends. This scholarship takes a weight off the shoulders of my family from the financial burden of vet school."

Taylor McInnis-Smith
Midwestern University

"As the debt-to-income ratio for veterinarians is a stressful reality, it is scholarships such as the AVMF that lighten the load for veterinary students and veterinarians post-graduation. Your generosity toward students allows us to pursue further education post-graduation and enables us to follow our passion without the worries of so much student debt. I plan to practice equine medicine by entering an equine internship post-graduation. Thank you for your contribution into young veterinarians!"

Hannah Carter
Mississippi State University

"I am incredibly grateful to be chosen as a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. As I begin clinical rotations, this scholarship will help me to pursue externship opportunities that will be invaluable to my professional development. Thank you!"

Hayley Stratton
North Carolina State University

"I am so grateful to have been selected to receive the AVMF Scholarship. As I approach this final step of school education, there are extra costs of testing and travel to help further my learning in the clinical year. This award means that I will be able to focus more on my studies and worry less about how I will support myself and my husband, a disabled veteran, while pursuing my veterinary degree."

Ashley Zeng
Oklahoma State University

"This scholarship helps to alleviate the financial stress of a veterinary degree and allows me to focus more fully on my studies. I am so thankful for the support of my future career and cannot wait to pay it forward in my future veterinary career. Thank you, AVMF!"

Hilary Ann Lakin
Oregon State University

"I am so grateful to the AVMF and AVMA for granting me this scholarship, which will enable me to pursue my internship and residency goals with less of a financial burden."

Erin Paul
Purdue University

"Receiving this scholarship through the AVMF is truly an honor and I cannot express enough gratitude to the organization. This scholarship allows myself to fully embrace my life in veterinary school and take every opportunity that heads my way to maximize my knowledge in the field. The financial burdens of veterinary school is extremely draining. Every little bit of monetary value truly helps more than one could imagine, and for that I am very grateful!"

Carla Anania
Ross University

"I am extremely grateful to the AVMF for this scholarship. In such difficult times it can be hard to continue to pursue ones dream. I plan to go into mixed practice with an interest in telemedicine, so I can work with communities with limited vet med access. Thank you for supporting up and coming veterinarians."

Victoria Rivera Marrero
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies –The University of Edinburgh

"Receiving this scholarship was not only a humbling moment in my career thus far but also further instilled in me a sense of passion, vision, and aptitude knowing that I am supported in this profession not only in my long-term career goals of becoming a governmental veterinarian but also continuing to be a servant leader for others."

Legend Thurman
Royal Veterinary College-University of London

"I am so grateful to receive this scholarship! Not only does this scholarship help relieve some of the financial burden of veterinary school, but it also serves as inspiration as I continue to pursue my career. I am so honored to receive this support from the AVMF."

Brianna Jacobs
St. George’s University

"I am honored to be a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help relieve some of the financial burden that comes with joining this amazing field, and will help me pursue additional opportunities in my veterinary education. I am grateful to the AVMF for their support of veterinary students."

Kiera Merritt
Texas A&M University

"I am planning on pursuing residency training in laboratory animal medicine after graduation, which will delay my earning potential. Since my student loans will still be accruing during that time, any financial assistance I receive for tuition assistance will go directly to helping me achieve my goal of becoming a laboratory animal veterinarian."

Max Fernandez
The Ohio State University

"The Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship will not only help to ease the financial burden that I feel while attending veterinary school, but it will also enable me to pay this generosity forward in the future. As an aspiring community medicine veterinarian, this money takes me one step closer to a financial security with which I can help those who are less fortunate, and for that, I am incredibly grateful."

K Stella Elwood
Tufts University

"Big thanks to everyone involved with AVMF for supporting me and other veterinary students around the country. It is a great honor to be selected for this scholarship. The Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship will allow me to reduce the financial stress that comes with being a veterinary student and serve as a reminder of all the sacrifices that have helped me get to where I am. ¡Gracias!"

John Delgado
Tuskegee University

"I'm incredibly honored and grateful to be selected for the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. Thank you for your generosity, which will allow me to pursue additional opportunities during my clinical rotations and to make the most of my veterinary education. Thank you for your belief in me and my commitment to this profession that I’m so proud to be a part of."

Christine Haake
University of California Davis

"I am extremely honored and grateful to be awarded the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help cover the cost of several externship opportunities, as well as a study package for the NAVLE. Ultimately, this scholarship will aid me on my path to owning my own practice. Thank you again for this incredible opportunity."

Emily Williams
University of Florida

"I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. These funds will help lessen my financial burden while pursuing my career goal of specializing in equine internal medicine and returning to an academic institution to teach. Thank you to the AVMF for offsetting some of the cost of veterinary education at each college and supporting our diverse pursuits to improve animal and human health."

Jessica Cathcart
University of Georgia

"This scholarship will aid to relieve the financial burdens of one of my summer externships: a placement at a Wildlife Clinic in Belize- which will combine two of my passions: exotic animal and emergency medicine."

Katarina Fielding
University of Glasgow

"I am honored to be the recipient of an Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. Thank you for your commitment to providing financial support to veterinary students. Receiving this scholarship will help me finance my education and pursue my dream of becoming a board-certified zoological veterinarian."

Stephanie Heniff
University of Illinois

"Receiving this AVMA Legacy Scholarship will continue fueling my passion and incessant drive to excel within the veterinary field. This award will lessen the impact of my financial stressors, while increasing the time I can dedicate to my studies and club activities."

Kayla Chase
University of Minnesota

"Thanks to this generous scholarship awarded to me by the AVMF, I am now able to afford higher quality preparatory materials for the NAVLE.  Thank you to all those who made this possible. It is truly an honor to have been selected." 

Adriana Marchand
University of Missouri

"Receiving the AVMF Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship means a great deal to me. Most importantly, it means I can continue to hold my leadership positions (SAVMA President, and Veterinary School Representative on the Inter-Professional Women's Council) and not have to worry about making rent. I truly appreciate the help."

Grace Wheeler
University of Pennsylvania

"I’m so grateful to have been selected for this scholarship! This honorable notion of recognition for my accomplishments from the AVMF fills me with invigoration for my career. I’m currently in a DVM-PhD program and after vet school, I plan to pursue a residency in theriogenology. With a long-winded education ahead of me, this scholarship will bring some financial relief as well as peace of mind as I work toward my professional goals."

Sabrina Hall
University of Tennessee

"I am so grateful for this scholarship. Especially as an out of state student, the debt I will be graduating with is a big source of stress, so this scholarship brings much relief. This support is a significant help during a particularly difficult time in my life with the ongoing pandemic."

Serena George
University of Wisconsin

"I am honored and incredibly appreciative of being chosen for the scholarship. As I pursue a career in public corporate veterinary medicine and public health, I will use these funds to offset accumulating costs when taking advantage of external opportunities for my clinical year rotations. As I meet new people and make new connections, I will be grateful for this scholarship and always remember to give back to my communities."

Susana Diaz
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

"I am so honored to be receiving the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship this year, and very grateful for the recognition of my achievements. In addition to the financial assistance this scholarship will provide as I enter clinical rotations, it feels encouraging to know that others in this profession believe in me and want to help me succeed. I hope to return the favor some day!"

Gabrielle Endicott
Washington State University

"I extend my deepest gratitude to AVMF and AVMA for awarding me the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help in preparing me for an ophthalmology residency, as I will use these funds to help me travel to ophthalmology rotations or conferences around the state. Thank you so much for being one of my supports through my veterinary journey."

Tracy Nguyen
Western University-California 


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