An anonymous donation to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to provide scholarships to veterans
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), announced that it received an anonymous donation of $100,000 which will be divided into 5 AVMA/AVMF Scholarships for Veterans.
According to an organizational release,1 these scholarships were set up in 2016 to help US military veterans who are pursuing a veterinary degree. The funds were set up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Veterinary Corps within the United States Army. In the last 7 years, the scholarship fund was able to give 4 to 5 scholarships between $1,000 and $5,000.
“The AVMF is proud to support our veterans with scholarships to advance their education in veterinary medicine and are grateful to an anonymous donor who has granted us $100,000 to make these scholarships possible,” expressed Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP (Canine and Feline), CVJ, AVMF President.1
Applicants must be a veteran of the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, or Space Force within the first 3 years of veterinary school at an AVMA-accredited school. Eligible veterans must also be a member of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA), involved in organizations affiliated with their university, including leadership responsibilities, honorably discharged or active duty for training in good standards.2
The applications will be reviewed by veterans, practicing or retiring veterinarians, military veterans, and veterinary students who have been out of veterinary school for 5 or more years, or who have a different strong connection to the veterinary community.
“Receiving this scholarship shows me that even though I can no longer actively serve my country in the Marine Corps, there are still those out there that appreciate my service, and my decision to enlist. Veterinary School is hard, and very expensive, so being chosen to get this scholarship eases that financial burden, and further allows me to pursue my dream of being a veterinarian,” said Dylan Sweet, a student at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2023 AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans.3
The deadline for the applications is October 31, 2023, and each application will be reviewed in November.1 Award notification and then check distribution will happen in the upcoming fall semester.