2017 AVMF Scholarships

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 AVMF Scholarships!

Mildred Sylvester Scholarship
"I am honored to receive the Mildred Sylvester Scholarship as this award celebrates my New Jersey roots. I want to thank the AVMF Scholarship Review Committee and the AVMF Board of Directors for awarding me this scholarship."

Merrill Simpson, Colorado State University  

Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship
"I wish to extend my sincere appreciation as the recipient of the Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship. It is such a great privilege to be selected for this award and I am extremely grateful. Through your generous support, it is possible for me to continue to achieve my educational and career goals."  

Shakera Fudge, Tuskegee University

Association for Women Veterinarians Legacy Scholarship
"It is such an honor to be chosen as a recipient for this scholarship. Our actions as veterinarians can have influence at a global scale, including profound impact on policy, climate change and public health.  I am so grateful for the support to pursue this career." 

Isabel Jimenez, Cornell University

AVMF/Winn Feline Scholarship
"Cats have always been a very special part of my life and played a critical role in my very early decision to become a veterinarian. I have worked hard to learn as much as possible about this wonderful species. I hope to eventually work in a small animal general practice or emergency clinic with feline friendly practices, or even a feline-only practice one day."

Casey Clements, University of Tennessee

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the AVMA/AVMF for awarding this scholarship to me. I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this scholarship knowing that there are many worthy applicants. Attending school as a spouse and parent has unique challenges. This award will ease some of the financial challenges associated with attending veterinary school."

Bronwen Horschel, Auburn University

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans
"I am honored and humbled to be nominated for this scholarship. I am glad that I can continue to represent the military while pursing my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I owe a lot of thanks to the mentors, leaders, soldiers and NCOs that have pushed me along the way.  I will continue to do my best to honor their commitment and sacrifice in all my endeavors."

Graciela Orantes, Iowa State University

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans
"I am honored to be a recipient of this scholarship. I plan to bring the same dedication and vigilance to my patients, clients and community during my veterinary career that guided me through the Army. AVMF and AVMA brought me closer to fulfilling that dream." 

Jemma Pipkin, Kansas State University

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans
"For students pursuing a veterinary degree, finances are always a concern and any way we can reduce the stress associated with money during our studies has a huge impact. For me, the AVMF Scholarship for Military Veterans is more than money. By introducing this scholarship, the AVMF is not only recognizing veterans' service but also the unique skill set that we bring to the profession. I look forward to completing my veterinary education and continuing a life of service to my community and my country. I'm thankful to the AVMF for supporting not only me and my fellow veterans but also numerous other veterinary students in our pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine."

Lizabeth Rennecker, North Carolina State University