Tuskegee University alumni create 2 programs in support of veterinary education
Endowments from the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association are providing student scholarships and funding for a faculty chair position.
The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine has announced the establishment of 2 programs in the college supported by the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association (TVMAA): The TVMAA Endowed Scholarship program and The TVMAA Endowed Chair.
“We are grateful to the TVMAA for their continued support of the college. The decision of the executive board at its annual meeting to establish a TVMAA Endowed Scholarship and Endowed Chair is a monumental decision that will positively affect the lives of our students and our educational programs,” said Ruby L. Perry, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVR, dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, in a university news release.
The TVMAA Endowed Scholarship was established with a $45,000 gift from the veterinary medical alumni association, according to the university. Tuskegee's veterinary scholarship committee identifies the awardees annually, based upon criteria developed by the college. The goal of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance for TUCVM students with demonstrated financial need and to supplement other financial resources available to the recipients to allow them to continue their veterinary medical education at the TUCVM. Upon graduation, recipients are encouraged to join the TVMAA and support the objectives of the organization and continue giving back to help sustain the legacy of the college.
The TVMAA Endowed Professorship (Chair) was established with 2 TVMAA fundraising campaigns that relied on veterinary alumni giving and raised a collective $2.5 million. The purpose of this endowed chair is to provide significant financial support for an outstanding faculty member who will enhance and advance clinical sciences. The Chair will enable the college to hire and retain talented and committed faculty who will strengthen academics, clinical practice, and research programs, as well as inspire students to be future leaders in the veterinary medical profession.
“The spirit of this scholarship and endowed chair both align with the mission and vision of our college to sustain the legacy of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, not just for our students now but for the generations to come. The TVMAA’s commitment to ‘Mother Tuskegee’ and its alma mater will not only support students in the professional DVM program on track to becoming career-ready veterinarians, but also clinical and research faculty to teach and train our next generation of future veterinarians,” Perry added.
The TVMAA encourages its members to give back to the TUCVM and partners with the college in fundraising activities, in particular those activities that directly benefit the academic and student programs. Additionally, the association provides financial support to assist veterinary student organizations.
Tuskegee’s Veterinary Medical Alumni Association establishes two monumental efforts to assist the College of Veterinary Medicine. News release. Tuskegee University. October 27, 2022. [email]