Merck Animal Health awards $270,000 in scholarships to more than 50 veterinary students around the world

Madison, N.J., – Since 2013, Merck Animal Health has partnered with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) to provide scholarship aid to hundreds of veterinary students. Through this partnership, in 2020, we are pleased to announce that 54 veterinary students from around the world received scholarships today through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. The selected second- and third-year students pursuing careers in companion animal or large animal medicine will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to support their educational endeavors.

“Whether they’re helping to keep pets healthy or aid in ensuring a safe, high-quality protein supply, veterinarians play a critical role not only within the animal health industry, but also within society,” said Scott Bormann, Senior Vice President, North America, Merck Animal Health. “As part of our ongoing commitment to the veterinary profession, those of us at Merck Animal Health are proud to support these students in their educational pursuits and look forward to the impact they will make to help us advance The Science of Healthier Animals®.”

The AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), has supported veterinary students for more than five decades.

“The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is proud to partner again this year with Merck Animal Health in recognizing exceptional veterinary students through much-needed educational scholarships,” said Dr. Karen Davis, Chair, AVMF Board of Advisors. “Merck Animal Health’s generous commitment provides financial assistance to students for use in the pursuit of educational and professional goals and opportunities. Congratulations to the outstanding 54 scholarship recipients and thank you to Merck Animal Health for its continued support of students and the veterinary profession.”

Award recipients from U.S. and international veterinary schools accredited through the AVMA were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership and area of interest within the profession. The scholarship recipients are:

Arifa Akter, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Farjana Akter, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Shahana Akter, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Abdullah Al Sadik, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Bibi Amena, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Storm Aschebrock, Louisiana State University
Madison Bartosh, Texas A&M University
Andrea Basque, University of Pennsylvania
McKenzie Beals Weber, Iowa State University
Melanie Bizzarro, The Ohio State University
Brock Chappell, University of Calgary
Yue Chen, Michigan State University
Brittany Coursen, University of Tennessee
Paola Cruz Ramos, North Carolina State University
Stephanie Dampney, The Ohio State University
Peter Ellis, University of California – Davis
Emily Eppler, Kansas State University
Naeem Ahammed Ibrahim Fahim, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Umor Faruk, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Alexandra Fitton, North Carolina State University
Benjamin Flakoll, Cornell University
Chelsea Folmar, Texas A&M University
Clint Gasser, The Ohio State University
Naomi Guzman, University of Illinois
Abdul Hakim, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Bailey Harmon, Colorado State University
Nahid Hasan, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Riyadul Hasan, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Tatiana Henry, Tufts University
Madeline Hileman, University of Illinois
Shahadat Hossain, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Sara Jastrebski, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Jimmerson, Texas A&M University
Humaun Kaber, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Greena Kim, University of Georgia
Kendall Leet-Otley, Tufts University
Dena Letot, Michigan State University
Hidayah Martinez-Jaka, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Razyeeh Mazaheri, University of Illinois
Rachel McKay, University of California – Davis
Caitlyn Mullins, North Carolina State University
Shabikun Nahar, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Macon Overcast, The Ohio State University
Annabella Palopoli, Tufts University
Emily Rawlings, University of California – Davis
Haley Ream, University of Illinois
Sirajul Islam Sagar, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Danielle Scott, Colorado State University
Maegha Singh, University of California – Davis
Lindsay Smith, Tufts University
Tetyana Sofiychuk, Purdue University
Jacqueline Tung, Western University – California
May Wang, St. George’s University
Elisabeth Wise, North Carolina State University

About Merck Animal Health

For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter at @MerckAH.

About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 95,000 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. For more than 55 years, the foundation has been helping veterinarians help animals with support for education, advocacy, service, and research programs and activities. Visit for more information.