Merck Animal Health

Veterinary Student Scholarship Program

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Merck Animal Health and the AVMF are dedicated to supporting exceptional veterinary students. Merck Animal Health is proud to show its dedication to veterinary students by providing $5,000 scholarships to second-and third-year veterinary students attending accredited veterinary schools in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Merck’s partnership with the AVMF over the last several years has provided scholarships for over 340 veterinary students, many of whom, have gone on to become young leaders in the veterinary field.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 2nd or 3rd-year veterinary student in good standing at an AVMA accredited school in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean/ Member of SAVMA (if the school has SAVMA chapter)
  • A demonstration of academic excellence
  • Involvement in university-affiliated organizations including leadership responsibilities
  • Leadership and participation in non-university activities
  • Financial need

Timelines

  • Application accepted November 15 - December 31
  • Application reviewed January 1 - February 28
  • Award notification and check disbursement Spring Semester

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Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Merck Animal Health Scholarship Recipients 

 
UNITED STATES / CANADA / CARIBBEAN

Colorado State University

                   

"I am truly honored to be a recipient of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. I am committed to the health of our planet and its great species. This award significantly supports my efforts in becoming an effective veterinarian advocating for animal health and a sustainable future for our profession and for our Earth."

Danielle Scott

 
Cornell University

                   

 

"I am honored to be one of the recipients of this award. These funds will ultimately lower my overall debt load, helping me toward my goal of rural mixed animal practice ownership. Thank you so much for this opportunity, and for your support of future veterinarians!"

Alexandra Attenasio

 

"It is a tremendous honor to have received the AVMF Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This award will significantly support my goals of becoming an aquatic veterinarian. It will allow me the opportunity to pursue externships and research projects at aquariums, fish farms, and zoos where I will expand upon my current knowledge of caring for aquaculture and other exotic species. I look forward to sharing my experiences with my Aquadocs podcast community and inspiring other veterinary students interested in the study and conservation of non-traditional species."

Michelle Greenfield


Kansas State University

                   

 

"I am humbled and extremely grateful for being selected to receive the AVMF Scholarship. This award will lessen the financial burden during my clinical rotations year and will allow me to focus on becoming the best veterinarian I can be. It is a very rewarding feeling to have all my hard work noticed. Receiving this award encouraged me to work even harder to achieve my goal of becoming a veterinary radiologist. Thank you for supporting my education."

Iulia Osipova

 

"This scholarship generously given to me by the AMVF has had a huge impact on my mental health. A heavy weight has been lifted off of me knowing I will be able to afford 4th year expenses, such as proper attire for both large animal and small animal rotations and travel expenses. The economic burden of school can be taxing mentally, but receiving monetary support gives me the satisfaction of knowing my efforts and struggle are not going unnoticed. I am extremely thankful and humbled by the AVMF’s decision to choose me for the Merck Animal Health Scholarship, and will continue to study hard to improve the well-being of the animals and people I come into contact with in my future veterinary endeavors."

Ryan Swanson

 
Louisiana State University

                   

 

"I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Scholarship Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and Merck Animal Health for the honor of being selected to receive this prestigious award. This financial support will alleviate some of my incurring educational debt and help me cover the expenses of my future externships and extracurricular experiences. Furthermore, this award feeds my focus, motivation, and dedication to continue improving on a personal and professional level, as well as my desire to give back to our community as a future veterinarian."

Jose Suarez Rodriguez


Michigan State University

                   

 

"I am truly honored to be recognized and selected for the AVMF Merck Animal Health Scholarship. Having worked full-time through my undergraduate education, it is a real blessing to be given this opportunity to focus on my education and leadership opportunities instead of my financial burden. This award will allow me to pursue the externships, conferences, experiences, and events that will better prepare me for my future as a veterinary professional, a practice owner, and an advocate for progress and change within the profession."

Aimee Labrie

 

"I was incredibly honored and grateful to hear of my selection as a recipient of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. The financial stress of education can be a great burden for many veterinary students. But thanks to this scholarship, this stress can be alleviated for me, allowing me to focus more on my academics and hands-on experiences that will prepare me for my future career as a food animal veterinarian. My passion is working with farmers to improve production efficiency and animal welfare, and it is wonderful to have the support of AVMF in this vision. Thank you for your kindness and generosity."

Emily Schuurmans

   

"I am incredibly humbled and honored to be selected as a recipient for the AVMF Merck Animal Health Scholarship.  Not only will this help to alleviate the financial burdens of veterinary school but in turn will allow me to focus more on my studies and gain the knowledge needed to deliver the best veterinary care possible to my patients.  In addition, the acknowledgement of my passion and efforts is an ineffable feeling and I am tremendously grateful.  Your generosity will encourage my personal and professional growth, and will help me contribute to my peers, my university, my profession and my community."

Shalini Shashidhara

 
Midwestern University

                   

 

"It is such an honor to be selected as a recipient of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. I wish to extend my utmost appreciation and thanks to the Scholarship Review Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation for this incredibly humbling gift. As a dual-degree (DVM/MPH) student, this scholarship will offset many of the expenses associated with my upcoming clinical year in addition to providing opportunities for continued learning and academic research. As a future veterinarian, public health professional, and community leader, I will always remember the positive impact this scholarship has made on my career!"

Lela Remington


Mississippi State University

                   

 

"One goal for my career as a veterinarian is to serve in rural agriculture development settings in the United States and internationally, protecting a healthy and secure food supply. This scholarship from the AVMF and Merck Animal Health helps alleviate financial stress associated with such service allowing a quicker ability to work in a rural health capacity."

Emerald Ford

 

"I am incredibly humbled and honored to have been chosen for this scholarship. I have been fortunate enough to be part of some once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the veterinary field in the past. With this scholarship, I will have even more memorable opportunities. This scholarship will allow me to expand my externship opportunities and will open the door to many more experiences to follow. I am so grateful and excited to see what doors this scholarship will open for me! Thank you AVMF!"

Jillian Western


North Carolina State University
 

                   

 

"I am extremely grateful, honored, and humbled to have been chosen to receive this amazing scholarship for a second time. I am currently a 3rd year veterinary student at North Carolina State University, but I am originally from Puerto Rico. This means the world to me because it removes a large financial burden and allows me to focus more on school in order to achieve my dream of becoming a Small Animal General Practitioner. It is thanks to foundations like AVMF that I am able to be more focused on following my dreams and becoming the best person and doctor I can be."

Paola Cruz Ramos


Oklahoma State University

            

 

"What an incredible honor. Finishing my professional degree and making an impact within the veterinary profession as a large/food animal veterinarian is my ultimate goal, and this scholarship will play an essential role. A big thank you to Merck Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation for your continuing support to Veterinary Students across the Country." 

Libby Schneider


Oregon State University

                     

 

"Winning this scholarship means more to me than just financial assistance towards completing my education. It is not only the economic support but knowing that others believe in me and my aspirations which serve primarily as motivation to persevere. Growing up, I experienced a lack of Latinx representation in the veterinary profession. This made the journey into veterinary medicine discouraging. This scholarship will allow me to achieve, to become an exemplar and mentor, and to encourage other minority students to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Once again, I would like to express my gratitude for your contributions to my learning."

Siria Cruz

 
Ross University

                   

 

"I am beyond appreciative to the AVMF and Merck Animal Health for believing in my future so much that they awarded me a scholarship. The cost of my student loans is something that will impact my life for decades to come. The money awarded to me will go a long way. It will especially help with the costs associated with attending an international veterinary school. Thanks again to the AVMF and their partners, you all have truly made a positive impact on this veterinary student’s future."

Alexander Amalfitano

 
St. George’s University

                  

 

"I am extremely blessed to be selected for the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This incredible gift inspires me to strive to become a better veterinarian and a better person. It is a huge step in relieving my student debt so that I may one day pay forward this great generosity that I have received. I am eternally grateful to every family member, mentor, and organization such as AVMA and Merck Animal Health that have made this possible for me."

Spencer Traynham

 
The Ohio State University

                     

 

"There are not enough words to express my sincere gratitude for being awarded this amazing scholarship. I have wanted to become a veterinarian my entire life, and having colleagues that believe and support me throughout my career is beyond humbling, and truly an honor. Receiving the Merck Animal Health Scholarship will equip me with the financial stability that will aid in my career as a practicing veterinarian, where I will be able to focus more on making a positive impact on the community and worry less about my student loan debt."

Chloe Baker

 

"This assistance makes me feel immensely grateful for Merck and AVMF in reaffirming my decision to pursue a higher education in veterinary medicine. It has given me a boost of confidence. Thank you!"

Jocosa Yasenchack


University of Calgary

                   

 

"I am incredibly grateful and humbled to have been selected to receive the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This scholarship will help alleviate financial stress in years to come and will allow me to pursue new experiences, such as externships, which are crucial to my growth and development as a well-rounded veterinarian. Thank you to the AVMF and Merck Animal Health for providing me with the means to continue investing time in research, extra-curricular activities, and other invaluable experiences during my time as a student."

Emma Foxcroft


University of California-Davis

                   

 

"Receiving the Merck Animal Health Scholarship is a tremendous honor, and I am very humbled to have been selected from so many deserving candidates. This scholarship will alleviate some of the financial burden of obtaining a veterinary degree and allow me to focus on my goals of pursuing internships and residency in a small animal specialty. Thank you to AVMF and Merck Animal Health for enabling me to pursue my passion for Veterinary Medicine!"

Prathima Garudadri

 

"I am honored to have been selected as one of the 2021-2022 Merck Animal Health Scholarship recipients. This scholarship will help alleviate some of my clinic year financial burden as well as supporting my future goals. It will specifically allow me to gain experience through externships as well as dedicate more time to my research and community outreach."

Siobhan Rickert

 

"It has been easy to become discouraged during my veterinary education, especially in the past year. The generosity of the AVMF and Merck has been a much needed reminder that my hard work has been worthwhile and provides me with the opportunity to continue my studies with relief of a portion of my debt burden. Additionally, scholarships allow me to work for experience and to live for fulfillment without constant anxiety in regard to my financial stability. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to pursue a field I love and to be supported by my fellow veterinary professionals."

Claire Takeshita


University of Florida

        

 

"I am humbled to be selected for a Merck Animal Health Scholarship considering the caliber of the applicant pool. I am so grateful to Merck and the AVMF for their generosity, and to have the support of the veterinary community as I complete my studies."

Jay Schaub

 
University of Georgia

                   

 

"I would like to thank all involved for selecting me for such a special honor. I am so grateful for this opportunity which will benefit my education and future as a member of this great profession. I'm so thankful for Merck and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation for making commitments like these to students across the country and equipping us with the tools to succeed in veterinary medicine."

Jacob Crotts

 

"I'm so grateful and honored to receive this scholarship! It has always been my dream to help protect the world's biodiversity by caring for all species of animals and contributing to global conservation efforts. This funding will greatly help me achieve this goal by allowing me to worry less about finances and focus more fully on my clinical training and professional development."

Rachel Sanchez

 

"I am humbled and honoured to be a recipient of the AVMF Merck Animal Scholarship. It is a privilege to be a part of the veterinary medical community. This prestigious award not only affirms the path I have taken up to this point, but also encourages me to continue pursuing the many academic and community-based opportunities afforded to me. It is my goal to fully engage with my veterinary education so I may provide the best care for my future patients, clients and community. I could not do this without my family, friends, colleagues and now the generous support of the AVMF and Merck. I look forward to the day when I am able to pay it forward. Thank you for your generosity.

John Smith

   

"I am incredibly honored to be selected for the 2021 AVMF Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This award will provide financial support by reducing the cost of tuition, externship travel expenses, and NAVLE fees during my final year of veterinary school. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and am looking forward to a rewarding future career in equine veterinary medicine!"

Katelyn Williams


University of Illinois

                

 

"I am truly honored to receive the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. Thank you to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Merck Animal Health for your commitment to providing financial support to veterinary students. This scholarship will help lessen the financial burden associated with my veterinary education as I enter my clinical year. Receiving this scholarship will help me pursue my dream of becoming a board-certified zoological veterinarian."

Stephanie Heniff


University of Minnesota

                

 

"Receiving the Merck Animal Health Scholarship will not only allow for me to reduce the number of hours I work weekly, but increase the amount of time I can focus on personal and professional development, my veterinary courses and club involvement."

Kayla Chase

 

"I am honored and humbled to receive the support of AVMF during such a tumultuous year. Not only does this scholarship allow me to defray some unexpected medical and academic expenses incurred during my veterinary education, it is a strong statement that the efforts put towards my ambition of becoming a wildlife pathologist and veterinary scientist are valuable to the veterinary community. I can’t overstate my gratefulness for AVMF’s support and confidence. Thank you!"

Kelsey Springer


University of Pennsylvania

        

 

"It is an honor to be selected for the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Merck Animal Health Scholarship. With this scholarship, I will further my efforts to focus my veterinary career on practice and research dedicated to underserved community animals in India, the US, & around the world."

Reshmi Sensharma


University of Saskatchewan

                

 

"As a Canadian citizen and mature student at the WCVM, words cannot express the honor and privilege that I feel in receiving this prestigious award from the AVMF. I have dedicated my life savings and taken a long break from a research career to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian. This award will have a significant impact on reducing the financial burden that comes with veterinary degree tuition fees and will allow me to concentrate on following my goals of specializing in veterinary cardiology and becoming a clinical scientist. I hope that one day I can contribute both to advancing veterinary medicine and giving back to the communities that have helped me to realize my dream."

Jude Morton


University of Wisconsin

                

 

"This scholarship has helped to decrease my debt load, getting me one step closer to making my dreams of completing a residency in equine internal medicine financially possible. Thank you all so much! I greatly appreciate this opportunity."

Morgan Falk

 

"I am honored to have been awarded the AVMF Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This award will allow me to have more flexibility in my 4th year plans. I am so thankful to have the support of the AVMF as I pursue my career in veterinary medicine and public health."

Alexis Payette

 

"I am beyond grateful and honored for being awarded the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This award will allow me to focus my time on giving back to the community through youth outreach programs and volunteer clinics. Furthermore, this scholarship significantly lessens the financial burden of tuition enabling me to prioritize my learning and growth as a veterinary student. I cannot thank the AVMF and Merck Animal Health enough for this generous award."

Alexis Urrea


Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

                

 

"The Merck Animal Health Scholarship has created tremendous opportunities for me to grow as a veterinary professional. It is comforting and encouraging to know that there are people and organizations that want to support me in achieving my goals."

Gregor Greer

 

"I am incredibly humbled and blessed to have received the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This scholarship will help to ease some of the financial burden of vet school, allowing me to focus on my veterinary training. I will continue to study diligently towards my goal of becoming a mixed animal practitioner. I am extremely grateful for opportunities, such as this, that support and empower future veterinarians."

Cecelia Harmon


Washington State University

                

 

"Receiving the Merck Animal Health Scholarship is a tremendous honor and I am humbled to have been chosen from such a large pool of deserving peers. I cannot thank you enough. This year has been filled with challenges for myself and my family, but this is such a bright silver lining.  This scholarship will relieve some of the financial stress of fourth year, making it possible for me to take on new endeavors, broadening my experience and helping me to become a well-rounded versatile veterinarian."

Allyson Quigley


Western University of Health Sciences

                

 

"I am honored and thankful to AVMF and Merck Animal Health for their generous scholarship. As a first-generation Latina, a mother of two boys, and wife, this scholarship brings great pride to my family. The impact of the scholarship will provide me the opportunity to present my current research and seek other training opportunities with certifications outside of my veterinary curriculum. Thank you for believing in my journey and allowing me to continue to perfect my masterpiece."

Ana Ramirez

 



SOUTHEAST ASIA

Bangladesh Agricultural University

            

 

"This scholarship will help me to complete my graduation course and undergraduate research properly. This scholarship will give financial support to complete my research project. It will provide me the financial support to continue my vaccination program. Honestly, this award will enhance my eagerness for research. After my graduation, I will use the rest of it in post-graduation research purpose."

Mohammad Shelim Ahmed

 

"I am honored to receive the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This scholarship will significantly support my efforts in preparing myself to become an effective veterinarian as it allows me to more comfortably focus on my education. This will help me to complete my graduation and also the undergraduate research."

Zubaida Gulshanara

 

"I am extremely glad to be a recipient for this prestigious scholarship. I think this scholarship will give me the best financial support to complete both of my graduation and research goals. Moreover it will greatly help me to build up a bright future. So, I will be able to continue my effort to become a perfect veterinarian. I hope I will successfully operate the ‘’Prevention of Different Parasitic Diseases program’’ with the massive help of this scholarship."

Mehedi Hasan

   

"I am truly grateful and honored to receive the Merck Animal Health scholarship. This prestigious scholarship lightens my financial burden. It will help me tremendously by allowing me to focus more on my study. This will greatly help me to do work for the welfare of animals and society. I would like to thank you for supporting me in my journey to becoming a veterinarian."

Arasta Pervin

   

"I am extremely delighted and grateful to receive this AVMF and Merck Animal Health reputable grant. This award will reinforce me to carry on undergraduate experimentation project as well as extracurricular activities accordingly. It will seriously help me concentrate and prepare to reach my professional aim as best veterinarian."

Ganga Sagar Sah

 

"I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the Merck Animal Health scholarship. I am glad to inform you that this scholarship gives me a great financial support to continue my academic career and extracurricular activities. It also helps to run my farming clubs named “Poultry Farming Club” as well as my research project. Also, this scholarship puts me one step closer to my dreams of becoming a respected food animal veterinarian."

Sharuk Zaman


Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

                

 

"My heartiest gratitude to the AVMF Merck Animal Health scholarship program for being the ray of hope for the very beginning of my career. Now I can turn my passion into my career as this scholarship will help me not only financially, but also mentally. Now I am more resolute to become the best vet I can be."

Tahmina Akter

   

"Eternal thanks to the Merck Animal Health Scholarship Program. This scholarship will go a long way in helping me gain the higher education I need to become a skilled veterinarian. This scholarship will help me to fulfill my dream financially and also increase my mental strength. Many thanks to Merck Animal Health Scholarship Program, for being a partner in fulfilling my dream."

Tonmoy Chakroborty

   

"I'm so incredibly fortunate to be a recipient of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. I would like to thank the AVMF, Merck Animal Health and the volunteers and staff of the Scholarship Review Committee for this scholarship award. Through this generous support, it is possible for me to continue to achieve my education while lessening the financial burden that comes with it. I'll  be able to focus more on my studies and decrease the amount of hours I spend working at my part time job. I have dedicated my life to the care and welfare of animals, and I'm incredibly excited to be part of such a versatile profession. Thank you for enabling me to pursue my passion for building a rewarding career in veterinary medicine!"

Shiful Islam

   

"It is a great honor to have this prestigious scholarship from AVMF which will help me to pursue my dream and study well. This scholarship will be a massive financial support as well as emotional support for me as it has strengthened my belief in myself. This award will help me to operate a voluntary organization which will work for street dogs and cats in my area. I will run a shelter house for ownerless street dogs and cats. The scholarship will help me to make those work easy."

Osman Khan

   

"Receiving this prestigious award is a tremendous honor, I am grateful and humbled to be a recipient. From me and my family, deepest gratitude to the AVMF and Merck Animal Health, volunteers and staff for their belief in me. Veterinary education is tough, busy and exciting, there is multidisciplinary subjects, clinical works and learning. It will increase my financial support to focus on study and work with amazing animals. My family always motivated me to pursue my dreams, this scholarship will help me to become the best veterinarian I can be. Thank you very much."

Jarif Mahmud

   

"I am so grateful to the AVMA/AVMF for continuing to support veterinarians in veterinary medicine. It is such an honor to receive this support as I continue to serve my community and pursue a career in veterinary research and education."

Shimu Moni

   

"The scholarship will remove my financial stress so that I can start vaccination program again and can help the farmers with treatment, medicine and anthelmintic. An honor such as this helps motivate me to become a leader and make an impact in Veterinary Medicine. I look forward to the day that I am able to turn around and support the next generation of aspiring veterinarians. Thank you for believing in me and giving back to ones who need it most. Now, I am able to be more focused on following my dreams and becoming the best person."

Younus Shajid

 

"I am very pleased and honored when I heard that I have been selected as a recipient for the prestigious Merck Animal Health Scholarship. My deep gratitude towards AVMF selection committee for selecting me for this scholarship. I strongly believe that this scholarship will give me a great financial support to complete my veterinary studies properly. Obviously, It will help me a lot in my ongoing research work and to fulfill all my aspirations."

Kazi Towhidul Islam


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