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Scholarships

We know that the decision to become a veterinarian is both a major life decision and financial commitment. RUSVM strives to make education more affordable by offering scholarships for qualified students.


Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a number of veterinary school scholarships that you may apply for prior the beginning of your first semester at RUSVM, as well as throughout your student career. New scholarships are added as we receive them, so do check back frequently.

Merial Veterinary Scholars Program

Deadline extended to March 17.

The mission of the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program is to expose veterinary students in their first or second year of veterinary school to biomedical research and career opportunities in research. Through a supportive, mentored research experience in an established laboratory and through seminars and discussion groups on careers in science, it is hoped that veterinary students will gain an insight on career opportunities in biomedical research.

The Merial Veterinary Scholars Program culminates in a national symposium where veterinary students participating in the program gather from all over the U.S. and Canada to present their research findings and share experiences from their various programs. Presentations by and networking opportunities with invited veterinary scientists, researchers and faculty members are also part of the national symposium program.

  • Student Eligibility

    • Veterinary students in their first or second year of veterinary school (Semesters 1-4) are encouraged to apply
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Letter of intent
    • Please note that preference towards those without previous research experience is given

  • Program Details

    • Programs are typically 10 to 12 weeks/one RUSVM summer semester May-August
    • One positions available
    • Stipend: $5000
    • Funding to attend and present at 2017 MVSP-NIH Symposium: UC-Davis, California

  • Program Commitments

    Students will commit to completing a research project during the summer term under the guidance of an approved RUSVM faculty mentor, participate in program activities (weekly seminars and tours), and produce a final poster presenting their research findings. This is a great way to discover is the right career choice for you.

    *Note: Students must take the May-August semester off.

  • Exchange Program

    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) has funding available for TWO summer research scholars.

  • Mentor Selection

    Submit your letter of intent.  Candidates will be selected to meet with Center Directors and the faculty project supervisors.

  • Application Deadline

    • Letter of Intent due March 17, 2017
    • Interviews of selected candidates: March 20-24, 2017
    • Announcement of selected Scholars: March 27-31, 2017
    • More information and details about the Merial Scholars program can be found at: www.merialscholars.com or by emailing  research@rossvet.edu.kn

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is offered to students who have a work/volunteer history with an RUSVM graduate. This scholarship provides tuition assistance to students enrolling in our DVM program.

  • Award Amount

    $5,000 towards tuition costs for your first semester

    Note: Applicants who are not offered the Alumni Legacy Scholarship will automatically be offered a $500 Alumni Book Scholarship if they completed all initial eligibility requirements.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Initial Eligibility
    • Letter of recommendation from a Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate
    • Applicants must hold an offer of admission to RUSVM for the scholarship to be awarded
    • This scholarship is open to incoming first-semester students only
    • Submit application materials as noted in "How to Apply" section below.

    In addition to the initial eligibility requirements above, the following criteria will also be taken into consideration by the awarding committee when selecting eligible applicants to be awarded this scholarship:

    • GRE score
    • GPA
    • Animal experience, including shadowing/preceptorships
    • Special honors or recognition

  • How to Apply

    Email admissions@rossu.edu (subject line: RUSVM Alumni Legacy Scholarship) with the following information and materials:

    1. First Name
    2. Last Name
    3. Address
    4. Phone number
    5. E-mail Address
    6. Undergraduate School
    7. GRE Score
    8. GPA
    9. Semester of Interest
    10. Letter of recommendation from a Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate
    11. Curiculum Vitae or Resume including related experience

    Apply by March 31, 2017 for May 2017 semester.

INTERNATIONAL DEAN'S SCHOLARSHIP

A merit-based scholarship providing tuition assistance to International students who have shown solid academic achievement.

  • Award Amount

    This scholarship will cover $8,000 towards tuition costs for your first semester and is renewable for 2 additional semesters, for a total of $24,000

  • Eligibility Requirements

    –Applicant must be an international student who completed all prerequisite credits in a non-US institution.

    –Applicant must meet RUSVM standards for admission as they relate to academics, extracurricular activities such as volunteer work and research, and letters of recommendation.

    –Applicant must hold a current letter of admission to RUSVM.

    –Admitted applicants will be automatically reviewed for an International Dean’s Scholarship only after a decision of admission has been received from the Faculty Admissions Committee.

    –Review and approval from the Dean/Dean’s Council.

  • Renewal Guidelines

    Must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA at RUSVM to maintain award eligibility for each of the first three semesters.

For more information about the International Dean's Scholarship, please contact the Office of Student Finance.

The Eliza Ann Grier Scholarship

The Eliza Ann Grier Scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Eliza Grier, the first African American doctor in the state of Georgia.

  • Award Amount

    $2,000 of the tuition cost per semester (renewable based on academic performance).

  • Award Criteria and Eligibility

    –Must possess strong personal qualities of motivation and integrity as well as academic excellence.

    –Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

    –Must be classified as an under-represented minority (African-American, Native-American, or Hispanic-American).

    –Must hold an undergraduate degree.

    –Must begin their studies at RUSVM as a new, first-semester student.

    –Must have maintained a minimum overall 3.25 undergraduate grade point average (GPA).

    –Must be an accepted student to RUSVM by the scholarship deadline.

    Note: Eligibility requirements subject to change without notice. Transfer students and students accepted to the VET Prep program are not eligible.

  • Renewal Guidelines

    –Must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA at RUSVM to maintain award eligibility for each semester.

    –The award can be reinstated if a student fails to achieve the minimum GPA in one semester but reaches that level in a future semester.

  • Application Deadlines

    –July 1 deadline for students planning to begin their studies in the September semester.

    –November 1 deadline for students planning to begin their studies in the January semester.

    –March 1 deadline for students planning to begin their studies in the May semester.

    Note: Scholarship applications must be received by the established deadline date for each semester.

Download the Eliza Ann Grier Scholarship application (PDF).

RUSVM NAVLE Scholarship

All eighth and ninth semester students that take and pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination® (NAVLE®) on the first attempt are eligible for the scholarship. To be considered for this award, submit your passing NAVLE score within 30 days to Dr. Nathalie Mather-L'Huillier, Director, Scholarships and International Affairs.

  • Structure

    Student will receive a one-time award of $600.

  • Eligibility

    A one-time award based on passing the NAVLE®.

  • Deadlines

    Student must submit a passing score within 30 days of the receipt of the passing score to Dr. Nathalie Mather-L'Huillier, Director, Scholarships and International Affairs.

  • Eligibility and Criteria

    –Students must take and pass the exam in 8th or 9th semester*

    –Student must submit his/her score report within the specified timeframe (30 days of the passing score)

    –Students taking the NAVLE® in 10th semester or later are not eligible

    –All students meeting the criteria are eligible to receive the award

     

    *Most state licensing boards require the NAVLE be completed within 10 months of graduation.  However, please note that students applying to be licensed in California, Nebraska, New York and Texas need to wait to take the NAVLE within 8 months of graduation.  If you are a student applying to one of these states for licensure and you can provide proof of application in this state, we will consider you for the scholarship in your final semester. 

  • Procedure

    The Director, Scholarships and International Affairs, will send a list of eligible students for the scholarship to be posted to their account to the Office of Student Finance prior to attendance in 10th semester.

    –Student Finance awards and posts the scholarship and reduces the student loans, if needed, to accommodate the scholarship.

    –If the student is a non-aid applicant or does not accept full financial aid, the scholarship would be posted to the student’s account and the student would receive a credit towards tuition. In the case where tuition has already been paid, the student will be issued a credit balance.

  • Scholarship Verification

    –Letter from NAVLE® with the passing score of the first attempt

    –Scholarship Letter from the Director, Scholarships and International Affairs showing eligibility for the scholarship

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Please find other scholarships outside of RUSVM that may be available to you. This is not a comprehensive list, and the information provided was obtained though the scholarship program websites.

American Association of Bovine Practitioners - Amstutz Scholarship

The Amstutz Scholarship Committee and the AABP announce the availability of scholarships for 2016. These scholarships are funded by the AABP Amstutz Scholarship Fund and AABP member donations. In 2015, seven $7500 scholarships were granted to American and Canadian veterinary students. The Scholarship Committee determines the dollar amount of the scholarships and the number granted each year. Announcement of the scholarship recipients is made at the AABP Conference each September. Funds are presented to awardees in attendance at the Conference but, recipients do not have to be present to win.

WHO MAY APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS?

Applicants must be student AABP members enrolled in colleges of veterinary medicine in Canada and the United States or the two Caribbean colleges of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA Council on Education and whose students undergo their fourth year clinical training primarily at US and Canadian schools, Ross University and St. George's University. Applicants must be in their second year (will graduate in 2018) of the veterinary curriculum at the time of application. Students enrolled in other years of the veterinary program will not be considered for this award.

WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?

Completed electronic applications and two (2) electronic letters of reference must be received on the AABP website by May 31.

American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) Scholarships

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation awards scholarships to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students attending AVMA accredited colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States or Caribbean.

Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program

The scholarship is open to 2nd and 3rd year veterinary students of either gender. Visit the AVMF for further details.

Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program

During the 2016-2017 academic year, a $1,000 scholarship will be given to a student at each of the AVMA accredited veterinary schools in the United States and select AVMA accredited schools in the Caribbean and Canada. AVMF will begin accepting applications on their website, AVMF.org beginning Thursday, September 1. Deadline: October 15. Download scholarship flyer for details.

Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholar Program

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars Program is a highly competitive program that provides veterinary students the opportunity to become involved in mentored research that enhances the health and welfare of companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas and companion exotics) and wildlife. The program is open to currently enrolled veterinary students in good standing from any accredited US college, university or school of veterinary medicine.

The Veterinary Student Scholars Program awards stipends* up to $5,000 to veterinary students who are selected by their institution to participate in clinical or basic animal health and/or welfare research. Students enrolled in a combined DVM/PhD degree program are not eligible for this program. Students must devote a minimum of 50 percent of their time to the project for the equivalent of a 10- to 12-week period. Submissions must be made online by the academic institution for review by Morris Animal Foundation. Morris Animal Foundation encourages each institution to select and submit the very strongest student project based on scientific merit, relevance to animal health and adherence to Morris Animal Foundation’s guidelines and mission.

*Veterinary student scholar awards from Morris Animal Foundation are stipends, and funds awarded are for the sole purpose of supporting the student during the research period and are not eligible to be used for project expenses.

The next call for proposals will be announced in October 2016.

National American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

National American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Student members are encouraged to apply for one of the AAEP Foundation Scholarships. Over $45,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to veterinary students who plan to pursue a career in equine veterinary practice and exhibit academic excellence and leadership in activities that benefit the health and welfare of the horse.

Visit AAEP Foundation for multiple scholarship opportunities.

New Jersey Veterinary Foundation

New Jersey residents are eligible to apply for the New Jersey Veterinary Foundation Education Grant 2016 after completing their first full year of veterinary school. Download the application here (PDF).

Solar Action Alliance Scholarship

Applications for the Solar Action Alliance Scholarship are currently being accepted. The scholarship is for US$1000 and is open to all students.

Scholarship Rules: Submit a 500-1000 word essay on the chosen topic as indicated on the Solar Action Alliance website: https://solaractionalliance.org/scholarship/

Email your submission to info@solaractionalliance.org. Please include “Entry for Solar Action Alliance Scholarship” in the subject. Include your name and contact information in your email submission.

Scholarship Requirements: You must be (or planning on being) a full-time student at an accredited institute of higher education. In order to verify this, you must provide the Solar Action Alliance with an official statement verifying your enrollment, such as the enrollment verification form (available from MyRoss).

You must have at least a 3.2 (out of a 4.0 scale) GPA.

If you have any questions about this scholarship, please contact info@solaractionalliance.org directly.

The SCAVMA Excellence Scholarship

This SCAVMA funded scholarship will be awarded to two (2) students during the Fall Semester of each academic year. The award is intended to recognize an individual’s exceptional leadership, as well as their impact on quality of University programs, services, and/or activities.

Students enrolled at RUSVM in 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th semester (at the time of application) and a SCAVMA member in “good-standing”, are eligible for this scholarship. A student may only receive this scholarship once. Any eligible student who has not been awarded the scholarship may apply the following academic year. In order for a student to be considered, the student must not been found in violation of the RUSVM Code of Conduct during the current or previous 2 semesters. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Download the scholarship flyer for details.

Winn Feline Foundation

The AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award will be given to a 3rd or 4th year veterinary student who demonstrates a keen interest in cats. Emphasis is placed on those students who are involved in or volunteer for activities that benefit the health and welfare of cats, such as research, shelter work, cat clubs, and other community service programs. GPA and financial need are also considered for this special scholarship. This is a $2,500 award.

Important Dates

Events & Deadlines
March 23 Athens Information Seminar
March 29 East Lansing Information Seminar
April 08 New York Information Seminar