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 these additional AVMF scholarships are no longer being accepted.**

2018 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.

2018 Recipients:

"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

"This scholarship represents the great opportunities that exist within the veterinary medical community and within our great country. Thanks to the AVMA/AMVF for honoring our veterans and those who have served our country."

Andrew Cox, Mississippi State University


"I am truly grateful to receive this scholarship. Thank you for supporting my dreams."

Jade Haberman, Texas A&M University

"This Scholarship will help support my educational journey, allowing me to continue serving both my country and community as a military service member and future veterinarian."

Amie Pflaum, North Carolina 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.

2018 Recipients:


Laurel Krause, Colorado State University 

Taylor Opgenorth, University of Wisconsin


Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation - For more than 44 years, this association provided scholarships to deserving veterinary students, regardless of gender. A $1,500 scholarship is available and open to 1st, 2nd and 3rd year veterinary students.

2018 Recipient:

"I am incredibly grateful to the AVMF for supporting not only women in the veterinary field, but also women of color hoping to make a difference. Thank you for aiding me in my journey to provide quality care to animals throughout the world and bring diversity to veterinary medicine. 

Dhwani Kumar, University of Georgia


Mildred Sylvester Scholarship - This $4,000 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). 

2018 Recipient:

"I would like to thank the estate of Mildred Sylvester as well as the AVMF for their continued support of veterinary students. This award will ease the financial challenges of a veterinary education and help me achieve my dream of becoming a veterinarian."

Travis Grodkiewicz, Tufts University


Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship - Juliette Fassett, founder of Dr. McGrath's animal shampoo, 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.

2018 Recipient:

"Following in the legacy of Dr. McGrath is an incredible honor as she embodied the strength and determination of the profession. I will strive to be the leader and example that she was. I can’t thank you enough for this scholarship."

Robert Buntz, Colorado State University


View 2017 Scholarship Recipients