Auxiliary Scholarship Information

 ** The Application Cycle for the 2020-2021 scholarship program is now closed**

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (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.

The AVMF is committed to helping offset the cost of veterinary medical education. Through our scholarship programs we have a long, successful history of providing financial support to veterinary students.

The Auxiliary to the AVMA is a non-profit organization of family, veterinarians, associates and friends of the veterinary profession whose purpose is to promote the science and art of veterinary medicine through communications, education and support of those associated with the profession. Shortly after World War II, the Auxiliary started a student loan fund to assist with the hardships facing veterinary families due to injury or death from the war. Despite the tough economic times of that era the Auxiliary was successful in raising money to assist practitioners. The Auxiliary’s support of the veterinary profession has continued uninterrupted since that time.

In 2013, the Auxiliary transferred $2,000,000 to the AVMF to establish The Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program. Annual proceeds from the endowment will support veterinary student scholarships for many years to come. Scholarships will be awarded to students at each of the AVMA-accredited veterinary colleges in the United States and the following international veterinary colleges: Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada; St. George's University and Ross University in the Caribbean; Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Royal Veterinary College and the University of Glasgow in Europe. To be eligible a school must be AVMA-accredited and have an active SAVMA chapter. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients!

Atlantic Veterinary College

Deanna Puchalski

“I am extremely grateful to be receiving this scholarship. This scholarship will help minimize the financial burden that I am experiencing during veterinary school. Overall, this is helping me achieve my dream of becoming a veterinarian.”

Deanna Puchalski

 

Auburn University

Madison Taylor

“Thank you for your generous support for veterinary school. This scholarship is helping me obtain my dream of becoming a practice-owner and reduces the burden of my personal student loan debt.  I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion of Veterinary medicine with your financial contributions.”

Madison Taylor

 

Colorado State University

Lauren Alfino

“This scholarship allows me the opportunity to focus more on school, learning and participating in activities, such as cancer research, so I can make a difference in the world.”

Lauren Alfino

 

Cornell University

Laine Feller

“I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of an AVMF scholarship! The financial assistance with tuition and personal encouragement it brings to me come at a critical time, as I am about to embark on my clinical year of veterinary school.”

Laine Feller

 

Iowa State University

Kelsey Deaver

“I am so honored to receive this award and grateful to the AVMF for their dedication to the future of this profession. This scholarship will enable me to continue to pursue and prioritize my passion for leadership roles in organized medicine while in veterinary school.”

Kelsey Deaver

 

Kansas State University

MaRyka Smith

“Being selected for an Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship helps me not only financially but also serves as a reminder that there is an entire community of veterinarians out there who believe in me and want to help me succeed. That sort of moral support from the AVMA/AVMF is unmatched.”

MaRyka Smith

 

Lincoln Memorial University

Katie Jackson

“This scholarship will help reduce my student loan burden. Each dollar I don’t have to take out in loans is even more that won’t need repaid. A lower student loan debt will allow me more flexibility to choose a job in rural veterinary practice, where my passion truly lies. I am grateful to the AVMF and donors for providing the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy scholarship, and that it is open to so many students regardless of where they’re from.”

Katie Jackson

 

Louisiana State University

Morgan Selman

“Receiving this scholarship was very exciting for me, because any help I can get is greatly appreciated and definitely needed. I am currently taking out a lot of loans to accomplish this goal of mine, and anything I can get to help offset that is putting me one step closer to the end goal I have of being a successful veterinarian.”

Morgan Selman

 

Michigan State University

Reanna Cantrall

“I am so grateful to be awarded the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship! Externships can become quite expensive so, thanks to this award, I will be able to further my education through opportunities and interests I have in veterinary medicine not offered through my university. I will also be able to explore possible rotating internship opportunities and see what other choices are out there for me once I graduate due to receiving this scholarship! Thank you AVMA and AVMF for this generous gift!”

Reanna Cantrall

 

Midwestern University

Veronica Hough

“I am so honored and grateful for being recognized for my academic achievements. As I start my clinical year, this award makes me that much more excited for the future year of veterinary experience and becoming a DVM in 2021.”

Veronica Hough

 

Mississippi State University

Tobi Sones

“As a recipient of this scholarship, I am so grateful to have a portion of my educational financial burdens relieved. I look forward to my final year of veterinary school, with an especially clear conscience toward planning for the wonderful out-of-state externship opportunities that lie ahead!”

Tobi Sones

 

North Carolina State University

Valerie Nelson

“Veterinary students face the threat of a tremendous debt load every day. This scholarship will give me the freedom to explore this career in ways I never could have and ease my financial burden post-graduation. Thank you!”

Valerie Nelson

 

Oklahoma State University

Seth Hiddink

“Receiving an AVMF Scholarship is such a blessing, and could not be appreciated more as I am approaching my clinical year of veterinary school. Clinical year is very exciting, however it brings added expenses of Externships, NAVLE, and additional tuition costs. Every scholarship helps, and I am honored to receive this financial support from the AVMF.”

Seth Hiddink

 

Oregon State University

Lindsey Ferguson

“This scholarship will make a huge difference to help offset the cost of my travels for externships during fourth year on top of normal tuition. I plan to eventually pursue an anatomic pathology residency and PhD to study reproductive disease in a variety of species after first working in general practice for a few years, and receiving support from the AVMF is a great encouragement for me to keep pursuing this dream. I hope to pay it forward to future students with unique aspirations later on in my career.”

Lindsey Ferguson

 

Purdue University

Tetyana Sofiychuk

“It is an honor to be the recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. It will help alleviate the financial burden of pursuing an education in veterinary medicine and serve as an inspiration as I continue on my career path.”

Tetyana Sofiychuk

 

Ross University

Jan Jose Merchan Bello

“Scholarships like these allow students like myself to continue to pursue their career and become passionate veterinarians.”

Jan Jose Merchan Bello

 

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

Victoria Rivera Marrero

“I am grateful to the AVMF and their support of veterinary students. This scholarship will allow me to gain more experience in Emergency critical care and Mixed practice in remote communities of Scotland. Later I hope to use this knowledge within remote areas of the US as well.”

Victoria Rivera Marrero

 

St. George's University

Manohar Katara

“I am honored to be a recipient of the AVMF scholarship.  This scholarship helps me tremendously in funding my education.  Decreasing the financial burden of education will help me give back to my patients and community in the future.  Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”

Manohar Katara

 

Texas A&M University

Linda Buehler

“Being selected as a recipient for the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship is a great honor and I am incredibly grateful! This scholarship helps alleviate some of my financial burden and gives me peace of mind as I begin my clinical year of veterinary school. Thank you for the support as I continue this journey to becoming a veterinarian!”

Linda Buehler

 

The Ohio State University

Heather Walker

“This scholarship from AVMF will aid me in following my passion for veterinary public health and give me the opportunity to pursue engaging, hands-on experiences this summer in veterinary medicine.”

Heather Walker

 

Tufts University

Annabella Palopoli

“Student debt is a huge burden on veterinary students. The AVMF Legacy Scholarship will help me relieve financial stress so I can focus on achieving my professional goals in veterinary medicine.”

Annabella Palopoli

 

Tuskegee University

Marlee Rodgers

“Being chosen for a recipient of the AVMA Legacy Scholarship is an amazing opportunity, that will allow me to have some financial relief this semester. The funds will help me with paying for NAVLE Preparation and study materials as I go into my final months of class and begin my clinical rotations and study for boards. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity.”

Marlee Rodgers

 

University of California - Davis

Maya Schlesinger

“I am incredibly grateful to be selected for this scholarship. Supporting veterinary students in this way is critical to helping us drive our careers forward. I will make the most of this support and continue my efforts to contribute to this profession that I’m proud to be a part of.”

Maya Schlesinger

 

University of Florida

Danielle Wark

“This scholarship lessens my financial burden so that I can focus on becoming the best veterinarian for my future patients. Thank you AVMA!”

Danielle Wark

 

University of Georgia

Hannah Stewart

“Thank you to the AVMF and Auxiliary Board of Directors for choosing me as one of the recipients of this year’s Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. The high cost of veterinary education is a regular source of stress, and this generous contribution will help alleviate a bit of the burden I face and allow me to more completely focus on my studies as I pursue excellence in professional development.”

Hannah Stewart

 

University of Illinois

Madison Kapraun

“I am honored to be the recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. These funds will help me focus more on academia while I pursue my career goal of becoming a swine veterinarian. Thank you to the AVMF for seeing my determination, and for supporting my passion of teaching the community about swine production.”

Madison Kapraun

 

University of Minnesota

Jessi Coryell

“Receiving this scholarship is a great honor and I am very grateful to have the support of the AVMF and AVMA in helping me obtain my veterinary degree. This scholarship will enable me to pursue additional opportunities in my veterinary education during my clinical rotations.”

Jessi Coryell

 

University of Missouri

Courtney Karr

“Thank you so much AVMF for your investment in my future! As you know, the 6.7% interest rate on student loans for professional students begins accruing while we are still in school. The AVMF Scholarship will help me to pay off the interest that is accruing on my loan so that I maintain my initial principal. Thank you, AVMF, for all you do to support our profession!”

Courtney Karr

 

University of Pennsylvania

Maura Carr

“I am so grateful to have been selected as an AVMF Scholarship recipient! Receiving this award reduces my financial burden and allows me to focus even more on becoming the best veterinarian possible. It is such a rewarding feeling to see my hard work pay off in pursuit of this priceless career. Thank you AVMF for supporting my education!”

Maura Carr

 

University of Tennessee

Kelsey Hayes-Anderson

“I am honored to receive this scholarship! After vet school I am very interested in returning to a very rural area and working in Shelter Medicine. This fund will help alleviate some financial burden as I go on to pursue these interests.”

Kelsey Hayes-Anderson

 

University of Wisconsin

Megan Barry

“I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of this scholarship! The acceptance of this scholarship will relieve some of the financial stressors of my fourth year of veterinary school. The money of this scholarship will go towards the extended expenses of clinical year that need to be paid over the summer. I am excited for my fourth year of veterinary school and all that it has to offer and I am very thankful for this scholarship.”

Megan Barry

 

Veterinary College - University of London

Perri Wiggin

“Thank you to the AVMF for supporting my current and future goals in the field of veterinary medicine by helping to offset some of the costs of my education. This award will help me finance my clinical placements in the field of exotics and zoo medicine. These experiences will encourage my learning outside of school and give me a taste of what is to come as I apply for internships.”

Perri Wiggin

 

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Herbert Portillo

“I hope to pursue a career in international infectious disease surveillance and public health education outreach. Participating in international externships can be financially challenging; this scholarship will help offset costs a great deal and allow me to pursue these invaluable opportunities that would not otherwise be possible.”

Herbert Portillo

 

Washington State University

Lauren Frary

“I want to say thank you for this opportunity, I am truly honored to be selected as a recipient of the AVMF Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship. This generous fund will help immensely in funding my education as well as giving back to underserved communities. I hope to make this honorable profession proud throughout my education, volunteer work, and beyond. Thank you for your support.”

Lauren Frary

 

Western University - California

Tracy Nguyen

“As a child of immigrants and one of the first to go to college, it has always been difficult to find solutions to paying off school loans. I am thankful to be recognized as one the few selected students for this award because it has given me an opportunity in achieving small steps to reducing the financial burden of veterinary school.”

Tracy Nguyen



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