2022 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Arizona Veterinary Medical Association 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Meet the 2022 AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans recipients

University of Wisconsin

Paris Bassett

“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.”

University of Arizona

Krystal Eddis

“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.”

The Ohio State University

Richard McEnhill

“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!”

Oregon State University

Krystyna Nowakowski

“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.”

Michigan State University

Shane Raede

“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.”

Meet the 2022 AVMF AzVMA Scholarship recipients

Colorado State University

Erin Cahill

“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!”

University of Arizona

Darah Sueme

“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.”

Cornell University

Michelle Greenfield

“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.”

Oregon State University

Sierra Grubb

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

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Cameron Mellin

“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.”

Iowa State University

Lauren Pipitone

“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.”