AVMA/AVMF Scholarships

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation believes that by investing in the education of America's veterinary students we play a role in ensuring that future veterinarians have the skills and training necessary to treat our pets, safeguard our food supply and protect public health. The scholarships below are designed to help students achieve their goals and go into the world and accomplish great things. 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year students attending accredited colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States. 
  • Second and third-year students may apply for the AVMF/EveryCat Health Foundation Scholarship
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year students at the international AVMA-accredited schools may apply for the AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans. 
  • Other criteria vary by scholarship
  • Learn more on the application website


  • Applications are no longer being accepted
  • Applications reviewed:  May 17, July 15
  • Award notification and check disbursement: fall semester 


Congratulations to all of the following 2022 scholarship recipients!

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 creating a Veterinary Corps within the U.S. Army, the AVMA and AVMF established a special scholarship for military veterans pursuing an education in veterinary medicine. Scholarships of $5,000 are available 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.

“I am very grateful for the gift of this scholarship, as it will enable me to afford travel expenses for several trips that will allow me to provide low or no service veterinary care in areas with few resources.”

Paris Bassett
University of Wisconsin

“The support of this scholarship enables veterans, like me, to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after military service. I would not be where I am today without the generous contributions of those who support our veterans. Thank you for helping me to achieve this lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.”

Krystal Eddis
University of Arizona

“Over the course of my military career, my family has made many sacrifices including pursuing veterinary school. This scholarship will allow me to complete my veterinary education without asking my family to take on the additional financial burden that comes with graduate education. Thank you for supporting our military!”

Richard McEnhill
The Ohio State University

“I am extremely grateful for this scholarship. Transitioning from the Navy to veterinary school is not a common career path, and this award provides valuable financial assistance for non-traditional students like myself. I am excited to continue serving my greater community as a veterinarian.”

Krystyna Nowakowski
Oregon State University

This scholarship will take an enormous weight off my family and will allow us to place our
youngest son into daycare during the school year. Incredibly grateful for this opportunity
that the AVMF has provided.”

Shane Raede
Michigan State University

AVMF/EveryCat Health Foundation Scholarship 

An annual $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a 2nd or 3rd-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.

“I am incredibly grateful to be one of the recipients of this scholarship. It helps fuel my passion for feline medicine research and diagnostics. I hope to continue my research on FIP and participate in more feline disease research projects upon completion of veterinary school. Thank you for your belief in me, and I am excited to see the future of feline medicine.”

Brittany Allen
The Ohio State University

“I am grateful that this scholarship will allow me to continue to grow as a future feline practitioner. This scholarship will enable me to further explore the field of feline medicine and pursue my goal of becoming a feline specialist. I feel passionate about continuing to learn and grow as a clinician, and the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation is empowering me to do just that.”

Sarah Nugen
Cornell University




AVMF AzVMA Scholarship 

Through a partnership with the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, five $1,000 awards are given to veterinary students with a strong connection to the state of Arizona.

“With this financial support, I am able to pursue externship opportunities during my fourth year that will enrich my learning and build relationships with veterinarians in Arizona. This should allow me to bring additional experiences to bear on my future practice and foster collaboration with my colleagues. Thank you for your generosity!”

Erin Cahill
Colorado State University 

“Rural communities and their pets/herds are suffering due to a lack of veterinary care, and I hope to change that drastically. This scholarship will assist me with travel expenses as I head to California to learn about the Food Safety Inspection Service and how regulatory veterinary medicine plays a role in public health.”

Darah Sueme
University of Arizona

“This award will significantly support my goal of becoming an aquatic and zoologic veterinarian. I look forward to sharing my experiences with my listeners on Aquadocs Podcast and inspiring other veterinary students interested in the study and conservation of exotic species."

Michelle Greenfield
Cornell University

“Scholarship means committing to bettering yourself every day and placing value in education and continuing to learn and grow in every aspect of life.”

Sierra Grubb
Oregon State University

“It is a true & humbling honor to be awarded this scholarship. As a veterinary student with a passion for public service and wildlife conservation, this scholarship will empower me to continue advocating for Arizona wildlife, biodiversity, and the overall health of animal & human communities throughout the southwest.”

Cameron Mellin
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

“Two my of favorite things about myself are being from AZ and being a (almost!) veterinarian. I have dreams of a specialty residency, which means putting earning potential on hold while I continue my training. Scholarships like this make pursuing these dreams much less daunting by lessening the financial burden associated with a DVM.”

Lauren Pipitone
Iowa State University 

Michael and Gail Ames Scholarship and the Panzero Family Scholarship 

These two additional $1,000 scholarships are being offered specifically for students enrolled in the University of Arizona veterinary program. The Michael and Gail Ames Scholarship will be given to a student who resides in a rural area in Arizona and plans to return to that area to practice upon graduation.

“The support of this scholarship enables me to serve my local community and shelter animals while attending veterinary school. As someone who grew up in a rural area, I know the struggles individuals face trying to afford veterinary care. I am extremely grateful to be able to give back to those communities when I graduate.”

Krystal Eddis
University of Arizona

“Your generous support and dedication to helping others achieve their education goals go beyond the university setting. I am getting closer to my goal, which has been to return to my rural roots in Northern Arizona to provide veterinary services. These areas are underserved, and I would like to do my part to help fill the gap.”

Santana Nez
University of Arizona

“Receiving this scholarship will help me get the most out of the distributive clinical year model as I travel across the country to explore various careers within veterinary medicine. I will spend time in Florida working with exotics, Tennessee working with horses, and Arizona for unique opportunities including research and shelter medicine.”

Jamie Dunaisky
University of Arizona

2022 Mildred Sylvester Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship, established by the estate of Mildred Sylvester, is available 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).

“With an interest in completing a rotating internship after graduation, a challenge I face is taking out additional loans. This award will allow me to pursue additional veterinary experiences and explore different career options. Thank you to the AVMF for your support of veterinary student education!”

Anna Lia Sullivan
Cornell University

2022 Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship

Juliette Fassett, Founder of Dr. McGrath’s, sponsors a $500 scholarship to a female veterinary student in her 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of veterinary school. Dr. McGrath is recognized as one of the earliest American female veterinarians and was the first female member of AVMA. Born in 1888, she graduated from the Chicago Veterinary College in 1910 and went on to practice veterinary medicine in Chicago. 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.

“Dr. McGrath's story encourages me to pursue my interests in the field of veterinary medicine despite any challenges that I may come across. Similar to how Dr. McGrath created a change among the veterinary professionals, I hope to treat and work with one animal, one community, one country at a time!”

Dana Tsuchida
Oregon State University

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