2022 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 this scholarship is now closed. Check back here or watch the AVMF Facebook page for more information.

Meet the 2022-2023 scholarship recipients

Atlantic Veterinary College

Lishika Lange

“I am so honored to have been chosen for the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help relieve some of my financial burdens allowing me to pursue outside learning opportunities, such as conferences, that may otherwise be inaccessible to me.”

Auburn University CVM

Dawna Boudot

“This scholarship will allow me to continue my schooling without worrying about certain financial strains in my personal life. This will let me be able to take externships that I’m interested in that are not monetarily compensated.”

Colorado State University

Zoe Olmsted

“Receiving this scholarship came at the perfect time in my schooling. I’m about to embark on several out-of-state externships, and being able to put this scholarship towards my tuition alleviates some of the financial pressure I’ve been anticipating regarding those experiences. This will allow me to focus more of my energy on making the most of my education, and for that, I am so grateful. Thank you so much!!”

Cornell University

Vivian Lee

“I am extremely honored to receive the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship, which will support me in my dream of becoming an aquatic and conservation veterinarian. Many of the clinical externships and future conferences that I will be attending in my fourth year of veterinary school do not offer financial assistance, so I am eternally grateful for this support as I will be able to shift my focus towards making the most out of these invaluable experiences. Thank you AVMF!”

Iowa State University

Tatiana Garcia Marrero

“This scholarship means a lot to me, especially since we are getting near to beginning what we have dreamed of since the first day of school getting to clinics. My goals are to be a specialist or mixed animal veterinarian, and I’m excited about what rotations will bring me. I’m a strong believer that things occur when you ask God for help, and this scholarship is one of them. Thanks again for this amazing opportunity to receive this scholarship; I’m honored to be selected.”

Kansas State University

Hanah Huber

“This scholarship allows me to focus a little less on my financial situation in favor of being more present and enjoying some of the defining moments of vet school. I can take more time to pursue the experiences vet school has to offer, like wet labs and other hands-on learning experiences, rather than signing up for the next open shift to be able to afford things down the road. Thank you AVMA for supporting me in veterinary education!”

Lincoln Memorial University

Jessica Malskis

“This scholarship will allow me to participate in externship opportunities closer to home this summer, so I can begin networking back in New England, where I ultimately look to practice as a veterinarian, without worrying about the costs of traveling from TN. I am so grateful to be a recipient of this award. I look forward to growing as a professional in this field through these opportunities these funds have allowed me and one day having the opportunity to give back to future veterinary students in a similar capacity.”

Long Island University

Shelby Juell

“I am honored to be a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This award will not only help offset costs of school itself, but it will also help finance my invaluable clinical year, including travel. Thank you to the AVMF Scholarship Review Committee for this generous award and helping me to achieve my goals!”

Louisiana State University

Jacques Fontenot

“I know that the veterinary profession is not only about saving the lives of animals, but it is so much more. It is changing the lives of owners, the community, and society as a whole. This veterinary field allows me to be able to solve challenges that one just simply does not face in other professions. It allows me to explore something new every day. It is one of the few professions that you will be learning until the day you retire. I can honestly say I can wake up every morning excited to see what the day may bring.”

Michigan State University

Megan Crawford

“I feel so grateful to be awarded this scholarship. This scholarship will help me as I navigate through externships and present my research at conferences. Veterinary medicine has given me so many wonderful experiences, and I hope to give back in the future as a veterinary pathologist. Thank you so much for the support!”

Mississippi State University

Jessica Kim

“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.”

Mississippi State University

Rachael Feeney

“I am very honored to have received an Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will help reduce my student loan burden while allowing me to pursue my passion for zoo and aquatic medicine. Thank you to the AVMF and Auxiliary Board of Directors for continuing to support veterinary students!”

North Carolina State University

Raisa Velez-Contreras

“I am honored and very humbled to be a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. Opportunities like these ensure that veterinary students everywhere receive much-needed financial support to pursue their endeavors. This scholarship is really meaningful to me because it will allow me to continue serving underrepresented communities by providing them with accessible veterinary care while also being an advocate for different minority groups.”

Oklahoma State University

Madison Smith

“I am a first-generation college student and I know that the scholarships & mentorship I have received throughout the years in the veterinary community have made a huge difference in my life. The passion and generosity of people in this field are astounding and I am proud to be a future veterinarian. One day, I hope to offer the same generosity to future veterinary students, so that the debt feels a little less heavy to them, the way that this scholarship has done for me.”

Oregon State University

Dianne Quiroz-Predtechenska

“The path to becoming a veterinarian is hard, both academically and mentally. It is often difficult to find the time to think about self-care and mental health in the midst of thinking about coursework or the number of loans I need to take out. With this scholarship I am able to take a breath, knowing that I can make a small contribution to ease my financial burden, and divert that time I would otherwise be working or worrying to focus on my personal needs.”

Purdue University

Kathryn Wolfert

“It’s an honor to be a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. This funding will ease the financial burden of my veterinary education, opening the door for me to pursue specialty training in veterinary oncology and clinical research. I’m incredibly grateful to the AVMF and donors for their support of veterinary students!”

Ross University

Vivian Wong

“Both of my parents grew up in Vietnam and they gave up their hopes and dreams to start over in a foreign country. With financial limitations, I’ve never asked my parents to pay for my higher education because the least I can do to repay for all their sacrifices is to do what I can to pay for it myself. This scholarship will help ease some of the financial constraints as a veterinary student. Being selected for this award further encourages and validates my aspiration to become a small animal specialist.”

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies — The University of Edinburgh

Veronica Erofeeva

“Thank you AVMF for this generous scholarship! Receiving this award will allow me to keep excelling in my journey of Veterinary Studies into becoming an Equine Surgeon and my hobbies along the way, regardless of the rising costs of living.”

Royal Veterinary College — University of London

Gabriella Lynn

“This scholarship is so important because it allows me to complete more clinical placements abroad. I also plan to use these funds to mitigate costs for an upcoming international research conference that I otherwise would not be able to attend. There are so many opportunities that I want to pursue, and this brings me closer. Working full-time in vet school can be very stressful, so I am now able to step back a bit and focus more on my studies.”

St. George’s University

Larissa Henry

“I am beyond grateful for being selected for this scholarship and supported alongside other fellow veterinary peers. The financial responsibility of such a career can be very stressful so this award helps ease the burden and allow me to continue my education toward becoming a DVM and CVA.”

Texas A&M University

Eduardo Cordova

“Firstly, I would like to express my immense gratitude to AVMF for granting me the honor of receiving this scholarship. This endowment comes at a time of financial uncertainty for me; unfortunately, I’ve had to worry about the potential of not being able to afford rent or bills for the entire semester. Thankfully, now I am able to relieve myself of these worries and can put my full focus on my studies and skill-building as I head into my clinical year in a few short months.”

The Ohio State University

Mary Miller

“This scholarship will provide me with the financial freedom to focus solely on veterinary school. By aiming my efforts toward becoming the best veterinarian possible during the remainder of my DVM education, I can one day better serve my hometown and the entire agricultural industry. My career goal is to work as a mixed animal general practitioner in rural Northwest Ohio. I plan to return to that area following graduation to serve my community, Fulton County 4-H, and our local FFA Chapters.”

Tufts University

Natasha Feier

“I am extremely honored to be selected for this scholarship. I appreciate being recognized for my involvement in organizations at Tufts and in communities where there are financial and geographical barriers to veterinary care. I will use these funds to continue growing in my career with the ultimate goal of making animal ownership more accessible.”

Tuskegee University

Janelle Benton

“I am honored to continue my professional education so that I may be of better service to my community.”

University of Arizona

Jamie Dunaisky

“The funds from this scholarship will help me to travel to different locations to gain unique experiences across the country. These funds will go directly towards travel and housing expenses for my out-of-state rotations to facilities in Tennessee and Florida. Any additional money will help with the gas expenses as a drive around Tucson and Phoenix for my in-state rotations.”

University of California, Davis

Nicole Neely

“This scholarship, to me, represents the support and encouragement the profession is willing to offer the next generation. They are the foundation upon which we will continue to build, reaching ever higher points in our pursuit of scientific understanding, and improving the lives and people and animals”.

University of Florida

Katrina Rodriguez

“I feel incredibly blessed to have been chosen as one of the recipients of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship! I am forever thankful and feel very supported by a wonderful group of professionals. This scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial stressors we all experience regarding veterinary school costs and loans.”

University of Georgia

Hannah Huff

“This scholarship will lighten my financial burden from veterinary school, allowing me to focus on some of my interests outside of my didactic studies. My desire is to encourage other underrepresented students to pursue the field of veterinary medicine through outreach and educational efforts. This scholarship will allow me to continue the work of expanding diversity in VetMed within my university and in my local community, while dedicating the time necessary to excel in my veterinary studies.”

University of Glasgow

Shannon O’Grady

“Thus far, placements have been the greatest asset in my vet school career. It gives me opportunities to apply my knowledge and use my practical skills hands-on in clinical settings. This scholarship is going to help me take my skills and apply them outside of the classroom this summer on the two biggest placements of my vet school career thus far. I am grateful for this aid that goes towards furthering my knowledge, skills, and experiences as a growing veterinarian.”

University of Illinois

Claire Towle

“I am so honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship helps to alleviate some of the financial burdens of veterinary school and makes it more feasible to pursue externships around the country in one of my areas of interest, veterinary forensics. I am grateful for the support of the AVMF as I further my career in veterinary medicine with aspirations of supporting and strengthening the human-animal bond.”

University of Minnesota

Courtney Labe

“I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the Auxiliary to the AMVA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship not only lessens my financial burden but also provides peace of mind. Thank you AVMF for the support as I pursue a clinician-scientist career dedicated to pursuing approaches that will maximize the quality of life of animals with cancer.”

University of Missouri

Sarah Nguyentran

“I am incredibly grateful to the AVMF for granting me this scholarship. This financial gift will help offset the costs of conferences, externships, and other learning opportunities as I train to become a more competent, well-rounded future veterinarian. It is often hard to see the light at the end of the vet school tunnel, but support like this validates why I began this journey and motivates me to finish strong so I can pay it forward in service to my community. Thank you!”

University of Pennsylvania

Amanda Patev

“Being awarded a scholarship from AVMF is such an honor! I know that the applicant pool was competitive, so the fact that my application stood out is so humbling and is something that I am so proud of! Being a non-traditional student, I have struggled financially because I am not able to work and have a steady income during vet school. This scholarship will ease that burden and allow me to focus on my studies instead of worrying about having to work during the school year.”

University of Tennessee

Jennifer Wayman

“I would like to personally thank the AVMF for supplying funding to veterinary students and seeing potential in me. This scholarship will help in many ways! This funding will go directly into my tuition, helping me achieve my goal of graduating with the lowest amount of student debt possible. Opportunities like this help students like me navigate the complicated, yet rewarding path to becoming a veterinarian. Thank you!”

University of Wisconsin

Madeline Zutz

“I am preparing to enter my clinical year of veterinary school, a statement that I have waited my entire life to be able to say. I am truly enjoying my years in school and while school is a large blessing in my life, the financial component has been challenging. Affording tuition is difficult without the aid of a scholarship like this one. Being selected for this scholarship not only eases the financial burden of veterinary school but is a great encouragement knowing I have the support of others in veterinary medicine.”

Virginia-Maryland CVM

Brigid Sexton

“I feel grateful every day to just be involved in the veterinary profession with such exemplary and passionate colleagues. There really is no greater honor than to be recognized by members of this community in particular! With your support, I will continue to give back to the veterinary community in any way I can, so that others may know the compassionate and selfless nature of our profession. Thank you!”

Washington State University

Tanya Weber

“I am so honored to be selected for the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship! This award will certainly support my ability to travel to externships, which will support my passion for food and animal medicine. Thank you for your support and for believing in me!”

Western University of Health Sciences

Samantha Garcia

“It is an honor to be chosen as a recipient for the Auxuliary scholarship. This scholarship is tremendously important to me. I am grateful for the help that alleviates some financial burdens, and it will truly make a difference in my continued education.”