AVMF Scholarships

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation awards scholarships to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students attending accredited colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States.  (2nd and 3rd year students may apply for the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Scholarship and 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students at the international AVMA accredited schools may apply for the AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans.)  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.

**Applications for the 2020 additional AVMF scholarships are no longer being accepted at this time.**

2020 AVMF Scholarship Opportunities

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 the creation of 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.  $1,000 scholarships 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.

2019 Recipients:

“The AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Military Veterans means an incredible amount to me. This scholarship represents an opportunity. An opportunity to go farther, be better, and achieve more. I plan to utilize this opportunity to its full potential.”

Cody Blalock, Oklahoma State University

"I am blessed to live in a country and within a community that continues to support military veterans. As a recipient, I will represent the AVMA/AVMF, the Army Veterinary Corps, and my colleagues in my service to community and country."

Robert Buntz, Colorado State University


"I am truly grateful for the AVMA/AVMF and their support for veterans pursuing careers in veterinary medicine. This scholarship will help me pursue my career in areas of need to help bring more awareness to One Health and deliver quality medicine to expert patients protecting the Tip of the Spear."

Timothy Chamberlain, University of Tennessee

“This scholarship will allow me to better serve my community while on the path toward a veterinary career in public health and shelter medicine. I am incredibly grateful for the continuous support that the AVMA/AVMF provides for military veterans.”

Amanda Preczewski, Kansas State University


AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Scholarship - A $2,500 scholarship is available 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. A strong GPA and financial need are also considered for this scholarship.

2019 Recipients:


Ankita Gupta, North Carolina State University

Sarah Hefferan, Washington State University 


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). 

2019 Recipient:

"I am honored to be selected as a recipient of the Mildred Sylvester Scholarship, which will help immensely in funding my education and future externship opportunities. I cannot thank the estate of Mildred Sylvester and the AVMF enough for helping me to accomplish my dreams and hopefully give back to veterinary medicine in the state of New Jersey in the future."

Ethan Bloomer, University of Florida


Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship - Juliette Fassett, founder of Dr. McGrath's, partners with the AVMF in offering a $500 scholarship to a veterinary student in his/her 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of veterinary school. Born in 1888, Dr. McGrath graduated from the Chicago Veterinary College in 1910 and went on to practice veterinary medicine in Chicago.  She was the first female admitted in to the AVMA. The recipient of this award will be selected based on his/her story of how he/she achieved her veterinary goals with the strength and determination of Dr. McGrath.

2019 Recipient:

“I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship. Thank you to the AVMF for seeing in me the strength and determination that Dr. McGrath exemplified as she pursed her veterinary degree. Thank you for supporting me in my journey to become a veterinarian - caring for animals and the environment and for supporting me as I give back to the community.”

Laci Taylor, Cornell University


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