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Scholarships

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


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

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

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

Award amount: $5,000 towards tuition costs for the first semester. 

Note: Eligible Applicants who are not awarded the Alumni Legacy Scholarship will automatically be offered a $500 Alumni Book Scholarship.

  • 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 vetadmissions@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. Curriculum Vitae or Resume including related experience

INTERNATIONAL DEAN'S SCHOLARSHIP

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

Award amount: $8,000 towards tuition costs for your first semester and is renewable for 2 additional semesters, for a total of $24,000

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

  • 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.

Canada Opportunity Scholarship

This funding is designed to help students that are Canadian and have been accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the January and May classes. 

Award amount: $2,000 per semester (1-8) with a lifetime cap per student of $16,000. There are 40 scholarships available for fiscal year 2018.

  • Award Criteria and Eligibility

    - Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

    - Student has been accepted to Ross and is beginning semester 1 of the DVM program in January or May (students entering Vet Prep will not be eligible until they are advancing to Semester 1 in a January or May class or for students advancing to semester 1 in September will commence this scholarship in their semester 2 in January).

    - September semester 1 students will not be eligible until they enter semester 2 in January

    - This funding is not available to students repeating a semester.  The scholarship will be on hold and will resume when they are advancing after the repeated semester

    - Scholarship will be awarded on first come first served basis based on date of seat security deposit

     

  • Renewal Guidelines

    - Student is in good academic standing and maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress which is defined in the student handbook.

     

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.

RUSVM Scholarships for current students

RUSVM's SCAVMA Excellence Scholarship

This Ross Vet School of Veterinary Medicine's 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 Ross Vet 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 Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Code of Conduct during the current or previous 2 semesters. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Download the scholarship flyer for details.

Dr. Arlene Rodriguez Veterinary Scholarship

The scholarships were established thanks to the generosity of alumna Dr. Arlene Rodriguez. The scholarship is managed by the Empower Scholarship Fund. Award amount: Three scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded, one per student, to students attending the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.The application period will conclude on September 24, 2018. The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (may include the student performing a clinical rotation).
  • Applicant must have successfully transferred or completed at least twenty-four (24) credit hours (inclusive of Summer semester credits)
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Additional preference will be given to applicants who reside from the State of Illinois or Indiana.
  • Additional preference will be given to applicants focused on canine or feline care.
  • Applicant must complete an essay no more than 500 words on the following topic: What has inspired you to study to become a Veterinarian? Describe your passion to become a Veterinarian and describe a particular area of focus that you are interested in.
  • Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or leader in the community who is familiar with the applicant but is not related.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in November. Scholarship awards will be directed to the institution to be applied to tuition and education expenses beginning in January of 2019. To register and apply, go to http://empower.awardspring.com/.

Scholarships are not disbursed in a lump sum. Awards are disbursed in divided installments based on your current enrollment up to the total value of the award. Awards are directed to your campus and will be applied towards tuition and fees. Questions can be directed via email to info@empowerscholarshipfund.org or by phone at 630.515.5480.  

Dr. Jeremy Buishas Veterinary Scholarship

The scholarships were established thanks to the generosity of alumnus Dr. Jeremy Buishas.
The scholarship is managed by the Empower Scholarship Fund. Award amount: Three scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded, one per student, to students attending the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.The application period will conclude on September 24, 2018. The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (may include the student performing a clinical rotation).
  • Applicant must have successfully transferred or completed at least twenty-four (24) credit hours (inclusive of Summer semester credits)
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Additional preference will be given to applicants who reside from the State of Illinois or Indiana.
  • Additional preference will be given to applicants focused on canine or feline care.
  • Applicant must complete an essay no more than 500 words on the following topic: What has inspired you to study to become a Veterinarian? Describe your passion to become a Veterinarian and describe a particular area of focus that you are interested in.
  • Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or leader in the community who is familiar with the applicant but is not related.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in November. Scholarship awards will be directed to the institution to be applied to tuition and education expenses beginning in January of 2019. To register and apply, go to http://empower.awardspring.com/.  

Scholarships are not disbursed in a lump sum. Awards are disbursed in divided installments based on your current enrollment up to the total value of the award. Awards are directed to your campus and will be applied towards tuition and fees. Questions can be directed via email to info@empowerscholarshipfund.org or by phone at 630.515.5480.  

Dr. John Coyne Veterinary Scholarship

The scholarships were established thanks to the generosity of Dr. John Coyne (of the John Coyne Veterinary group).
The scholarship is managed by the Empower Scholarship Fund. Award amount: Three scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded, one per student, to students attending the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.The application period will conclude on September 24, 2018. The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (may include the student performing a clinical rotation).
  • Applicant must have successfully transferred or completed at least twenty-four (24) credit hours (inclusive of Summer semester credits)
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Additional preference will be given to applicants who reside from the State of Illinois or Indiana.
  • Additional preference will be given to applicants focused on canine or feline care.
  • Applicant must complete an essay no more than 500 words on the following topic: What has inspired you to study to become a Veterinarian? Describe your passion to become a Veterinarian and describe a particular area of focus that you are interested in.
  • Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or leader in the community who is familiar with the applicant but is not related.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in November. Scholarship awards will be directed to the institution to be applied to tuition and education expenses beginning in January of 2019. To register and apply, go to http://empower.awardspring.com/.

Scholarships are not disbursed in a lump sum. Awards are disbursed in divided installments based on your current enrollment up to the total value of the award. Awards are directed to your campus and will be applied towards tuition and fees. Questions can be directed via email to info@empowerscholarshipfund.org or by phone at 630.515.5480.

Blue Buffalo Foundation Scholarship

Two renewable scholarships valued at $5,000 will be awarded to students attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Renewable for two years. The application deadline is September 24, 2018. The scholarship is managed by the Empower Scholarship Fund. To learn more about the Blue Buffalo Foundation please visit  https://bluebuffalofoundation.org/

The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Applicant must have successfully transferred or completed at least thirty (30) credit hours, inclusive of Summer semester credits.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant must complete an essay no more than 500 words on the following topic: Share with us a particular aspect of feline or canine health or nutrition that interests you and why.
  • Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or leader in the community who is familiar with the applicant but is not related.
  • Scholarship finalists will be required to participate in a face-to-face interview with the Scholarship Committee members in November during the West Indies Veterinary Conference.
  • Applicants will be asked to share with the interview committee examples of extra-curricular activities that support their passion for veterinary medicine.

Kremer Veterinary Services Scholarship

The scholarships were established thanks to the generosity of Dr. Tony Kremer, Dr. Mike Buedel and Kremer Veterinary Services. The scholarship is managed by the Empower Scholarship Fund. Award amount: up to $5,000 will be awarded to students attending the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.The application period will conclude on September 24, 2018.  

Scholarship recipients will be announced in November. Scholarship awards will be directed to the institution to be applied to tuition and education expenses beginning in January of 2019. To register and apply, go to http://empower.awardspring.com/.

Scholarships are not disbursed in a lump sum. Awards are disbursed in divided installments based on your current enrollment up to the total value of the award. Awards are directed to your campus and will be applied towards tuition and fees. Questions can be directed via email to info@empowerscholarshipfund.org or by phone at 630.515.5480.

Empower Scholarship Fund Spring Cycle Scholarships

The Spring cycle of the Empower Scholarship Fund Scholarships is currently closed. Please check back in December 2018 on www.empowerscholarshipfund.org. The process is easy to follow and in 2017, included the Dr. Lanse T. Fox Memorial Scholarship, MTFX International Scholarship, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Scholarships. Empower Fund scholarship awards are in addition to institutional scholarships which you may receive from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. 

External Scholarship Opportunities

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

Search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities at:

Patricia M Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship - AAVMC
The Patricia M Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship recognizes veterinary students who have demonstrated exemplary promise as future leaders and have made significant contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine. These scholarships honor the individuals who have been consistent champions of addressing inequities and underrepresentation in the veterinary profession; have advocated for social justice; and, who have advanced valuing diversity and inclusion at AAVMC Member Institutions. Scholarships will be awarded on a biennial basis. Each scholarship will be awarded a one-time payment in the amount of $6,000. Eligibility - veterinary students must:

·       Be a current second, third or fourth year student in good academic and professional standing at an AAVMC Member Institution (accredited school or college of veterinary medicine);
·       Have a demonstrated record of contributing to enhancing diversity and inclusion through course projects, co-curricular activities, outreach, domestic and community engagement, research, and/or developed an early reputation for influencing others to be inclusive.
·       Be nominated by their institution.

As RUSVM may only nominate one student, an internal selection process will take place and two-three RUSVM colleagues who are members of the Diversity Committee will rank the applications according to the scholarship criteria. The applicant with the highest average ranking will be nominated by Dr. Sean Callanan, RUSVM Dean.

To apply, please send the following documents to Dr. Nathalie Mather-L’Huillier, nlhuillier@rossvet.edu.kn, no later than October 3rd, 2018:
1.       A personal statement about your diversity efforts and how you intend to continue promoting diversity in veterinary medicine after veterinary school. Essay should not exceed three, type-written, double spaced pages.
2.       A copy of the your resume or curriculum vitae.
3.       A current copy of your unofficial transcript.

Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program
During the 2017-2018 academic year, a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded 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. More information can be found on the website, AVMF.org. Applications for 2018 will be accepted from September 1 through 11:59 p.m. CENTRAL TIME on October 15, 2018.

2018 Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award
Western Veterinary Conference is proud to announce the 2018 Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award. The award aims to recognize veterinary students who display leadership values at their school. This award is bestowed upon 37 DVM students attending AVMA-accredited universities who are actively involved and show long term leadership potential at their veterinary college or school. The award is open to RUSVM students in semesters 5-7. For more information and how to apply, please consult the scholarship flyer. Please note that this year, an internal selection will take place and the RUSVM awardee will be submitted to WVC after a panel of faculty has reviewed all applications.The internal RUSVM deadline is October 22nd, 2018.

Zoetis/AAVMC Veterinary Student Scholarship Program
Zoetis and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) invite second- and third-year veterinary students to apply for the 2016 Zoetis/AAVMC Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Eligibility criteria include academic excellence, financial need, diversity, sustainability, leadership and career path. Scholarships will be awarded to students in all areas of professional interest, including food animal medicine, small animal clinical medicine, research, government services, public health, and organized veterinary medicine. The scholarship application period will open in September 2018.

Coupon Marathon Scholarship
Our organization’s mission is to help people who live on budget. For the purpose of helping students on the way of gaining knowledge of all subjects. we’re offering a $3000 Coupon Marathon Scholarship to all students (entering, current, or post-grad level students) from University and Colleges all over the world. Our scholarship can help to cover part of your students’ tuition fees, supplies, books or board. Application Deadline: November 30, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.couponmarathon.com/scholarship

Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England - VSTONE Scholar Award
We are currently accepting applications from Final year (4th year of 4 year programs or 5th year of 5 year programs) veterinary students for the VSTONE Scholar Awards. Each year we will select a Final year Veterinary student from each of the 6 New England States to receive a $5000 VSTONE Scholar Award. Applicants must submit a general application as well as references, transcripts and an essay as indicated on the VSTONE Scholar application by December 1st of their final year of veterinary school. The awards will be given out in April. Applicants must be New England residents, must attend an AVMA accredited veterinary school or college and must intend to return to New England after graduation. Applicants not selected as VSTONE Scholars will be eligible for smaller book awards as funding allows. For more information, please visit the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England website. The 2017 deadline has passed. Please check back in Fall 2018.

Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program
Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) and the AVMF are dedicated to preserving and improving the health and well-being of animals as well as honoring exceptional veterinary students. Merck Animal Health is proud to show its dedication to veterinary students by providing $5000 scholarships to second and third year veterinary students. Merck’s partnership with the AVMF aligns with the AVMF’s strategic initiative of supporting the enhancement of students of veterinary medicine. To ensure the excellence of veterinary medicine in the future, the AVMF and Merck believe in, and support, the quality of education and training of future veterinarians. For more information, please visit to AVMF website. The scholarship application period opens in November annually. Please check back in October 2018.

Winner’s Circle Scholarship
Sponsored by the AAEP Foundation, Platinum Performance, and the Race for Education, this scholarship is available to second- and third-year veterinary students intending to enter equine veterinary medicine. The scholarship rewards leadership and participation in Student Chapters of the AAEP (SCAAEP) and helps offset escalating costs associated with veterinary education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • National AAEP Student Member and active within their school’s AAEP chapter
  • Currently enrolled and in good standing at an AVMA-accredited school of veterinary medicine in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe with an active AAEP Student Chapter (Full, Full Affiliate, or Provisional)
  • Apply during your second or third year of veterinary school

The scholarship is currently closed for applications. Please check back in Fall 2018 for the 2019 deadline.

AAEP/Zoetis Scholarship
Zoetis and AAEP Foundation are dedicated to preserving and improving the health and well-being of equines as well as honoring exceptional veterinary students dedicated to equine practice. The AAEP/Zoetis Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to equine veterinary medicine. Applicants must also have the support of AAEP members and their clinical instructors. Four (4) scholarships of $4,000 were awarded in 2017. Selected recipients who attend the AAEP Annual Convention and are present for the award presentation also will receive a $300 travel stipend, a complimentary convention registration and one ticket to the Zoetis-sponsored AAEP Foundation Celebration. Eligibility Requirements:

  • National AAEP Student Member and active within their school’s AAEP chapter
  • Currently enrolled and in good standing at an AVMA-accredited school of veterinary medicine in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe with an active AAEP Student Chapter (Full, Full Affiliate, or Provisional)
  • Apply during your fourth year of veterinary school
  • To be considered for this scholarship, you must register on VetVance, a FREE resource dedicated to helping young veterinarians launch their careers. If you have not already registered to be a member of the VetVance community, please visit online here.

The scholarship is currently closed for applications. Please check back in Fall 2018 for the 2019 deadline.

Ed Hiestand Memorial Veterinary Student Scholarship: Call for papers (wildlife rehabilitation)
Competition is open to all current veterinary students (includes interns and residents). The paper should cover a topic related to a veterinary aspect of wildlife rehabilitation (diagnosis, transmission, pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of a specific disease; a case report; a wildlife medicine-related study; etc.) and may consist of a literature review, a personal experience, or both. Click here to view a list of previous winning students and the topics of their papers. The winner makes a 20 to 25 minute presentation at the Symposium and the paper is eligible for publication by NWRA. The award consists of a $500 scholarship to defray travel expenses, symposium registration, and banquet ticket are provided in memory of Ed Hiestand. The award is presented at the Symposium. Click here for the author guidelines. Submit a 100-250 word abstract and the completed paper to: Dr. Erica A. Miller, DVM, c/o Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc., 110 Possum Hollow Rd., Newark, DE 19711, Phone 302-743-7799, Fax 302-234-2845, Email Erica@Jfrink.com Deadline for abstracts: December 15th annually; deadline for papers: January 15, annually.

Adrian Rubin Scholarship
The Adrian Rubin Scholarship was created with our leaders of the future (current students) in mind. Over the years, college has become increasingly expensive and necessary. This scholarship serves the purpose of being able to help one student get closer to achieving their goal of landing their dream career without having to rack up hundreds of thousands of student loan debt in order to do so. Applicants will be required to answer a simple question in the form of a short essay and the winner will be selected based on the essay submitted. A committee led by Adrian Rubin will select a winner by the end of February 2019. This winner will receive $1000 towards their higher education, which will be sent directly to their school’s financial aid department. Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school. To find out how to apply, visit: http://adrianrubinscholarship.com/ The winner will be selected in February 2019. Once contacted, the winner will have two weeks to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected. Deadline for applications: January 1, 2019.

Mark Alvarado Scholarship
The Mark Alvarado Scholarship was created to help the future generations get the education they need to survive once they enter adulthood. It’s no secret that the cost of education is always increasing and Mark Alvarado has made it his mission to take at least a small part of the burden off of one student’s shoulder each year. Applicants will have to submit a 500-word essay in order to apply for this scholarship. Full details can be found below and at: http://markalvaradoscholarship.com/.

Eligibility: You’re a current college or university student that has not reached your final year in your degree program.
Guidelines: Mark Alvarado wants to hear your answer to the following question: How can schools better prepare students for the workforce? For example, students in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) are often going into a high tech workforce in the Silicon Valley, are they well prepared for this type of work?
Application Deadline: January 31, 2019;
Once the application period closes a committee will review all applications. A winner will be selected and contacted in February 2019. The winner will have two weeks to respond and the money will be awarded to their school’s financial aid department.

JMD Furniture Scholarship

JMD Furniture would like to offer your students a wonderful scholarship opportunity! JMD Furniture understands that college prices are always going up and wants to contribute $1000 per year to help students lower the fee for their education. Students are eligible to apply for this scholarship if they are a current college or university student that hasn’t reached their final year yet, or a high school senior that has already been accepted into a college or university. To apply, students will be asked to submit a 500 word essay. More details are provided at the link below. Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2019. http://jmdfurniturescholarship.com/

Morris-Lichter Veterinary Student Canine Externship Award
Morris Animal Foundation and the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs announce the Veterinary Student Canine Externship Award. The $5,000 award recognizes that veterinary students are the future of animal health, and their skill and leadership development is critical to advancing veterinary medicine. Third-year veterinary students are invited to apply for this externship award and dream big for their fourth-year externship experience. Competitive submissions are invited from applicants who: 1) demonstrate leadership and promise in impacting canine health and welfare; and 2) have thoughtfully researched an externship that aligns with their goals and will enhance their ability to move canine health forward. Financial support will be provided to offset costs of participating in the externship, allowing students to choose the most impactful externship opportunity for their career. To apply: http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/assets/pdfs/spa/morris-lichter_externship_guidelines.pdf

Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarship/AAEP
The Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarship awards top third-year veterinary school students with a dedication to equine medicine for their academic excellence, leadership in their school and chapter, and their long-term goals. Penelope Knight, an avid horsewoman and strong advocate of horse health, created the Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarships in 2015. Coyote Rock Ranch, owned by Knight and located in the beautiful high desert country of Central Oregon, is a breeding operation for high-end cutting horses. Committed to quality in everything they do, Coyote Rock Ranch has a reputation for breeding and raising well-bred Quarter Horses with the pedigree and care to become tomorrow’s champions. Four (4) scholarships of $75,000 were awarded in 2017. Eligibility Requirements:

  • National AAEP Student Member and active within their school’s AAEP chapter
  • Currently enrolled and in good standing at an AVMA-accredited school of veterinary medicine in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe with an active AAEP Student Chapter (Full, Full Affiliate, or Provisional)
  • Apply during your third-year of veterinary school

The annual deadline is in February.

Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England - General Scholarship Applications
We are accepting general scholarship applications from 3rd year veterinary students. Students submitting applications in February, annually, will be eligible for book awards given in the following spring. For more information, please visit the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England website.

Oxbow Animal Health - Exotics Interest Scholarship
Non-traditional animal species are becoming more popular as pets throughout the world. There is a greater need for an understanding of the husbandry and health care of these exotic pets. The field of zoo and wildlife medicine is seeing increased interest as conservation and rehabilitation efforts continue to grow. These animals need specialized care from trained professionals. Oxbow understands the need for well-trained and prepared veterinarians in these exciting fields within veterinary medicine. For more information, www.oxbowanimalhealth.com or click to: http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/uploads/files/InfoSheet_VetMed_18.pdf

The annual application deadline is typically early March.

Harold Wetterberg Foundation Scholarship
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation partners with the Harold Wetterberg Foundation to award scholarships to current or former residents of New Jersey who are pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. APPLICATIONS for the 2018 Harold Wetterberg Foundation Scholarship program are currently closed. Deadline for application is typically mid-March.

Winn/AAFP scholarships for veterinary students
Winn Feline Foundation (Winn) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) have partnered to provide scholarships for a 3rd or 4th year veterinary students enrolled in an accredited veterinary college or school in the United States or Canada. Ross Vet students are also eligible to apply. The awards are based upon academic achievement, financial need, leadership, and dedication to and excellence in the study of feline medicine, health and welfare. All applications will be reviewed, selected and approved by AAFP and Winn. In addition to the short application, interested students will also be required to answer two essay questions asking for the applicant, first, to explain his/her specific interest and background in feline health and welfare and, second, to describe her/his plans for future participation in feline medicine. Deadline for application is typically mid-March.

The Associates Home Loan Scholarship
The Associates Home Loan Scholarship was created with our future leaders in mind. Associates Home Loan understands that college prices are rising every year and this scholarship serves the purpose of helping one student lower their tuition expenses by $1000 and to educate the future self employed individuals about their options when it comes to self employed loans and alternative credit options. Applicants will be required to answer a simple question in the form of a 500-word essay and the winner will be selected based on the essay submitted. The Associate Home Loan Scholarship committee will select a winner by the end of April 2019. The $1000 will be sent directly to the winner’s school financial aid department.

Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in a college, university, or trade school that have not yet reached their final year.
Guidelines: Associates Home Loan wants to hear your answer to this question, “ What does your dream house look like?” Don’t hold back on details. This should be a short essay of no more than 500 words.
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2019 To apply visit the website: https://www.associateshomeloan.com/scholarship/

AAEP/Merck Animal Health Scholarship
Merck Animal Health and AAEP Foundation are dedicated to preserving and improving the health and well-being of equines as well as honoring exceptional veterinary students dedicated to equine practice. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to equine veterinary medicine. Students interested in applying must also have the support of AAEP members and their clinical instructors. Five (5) scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded. Download the application here. Eligibility Requirements:

  • National AAEP Student Member and active within their school’s AAEP chapter
  • Currently enrolled and in good standing at an AVMA-accredited school of veterinary medicine in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe with an active AAEP Student Chapter (Full, Full Affiliate, or Provisional)
  • Apply during your second or third year of veterinary school

The 2018 deadline has passed. Applications are normally due at the beginning of April, annually.

Rusty Tweed Drug Free Scholarship
The Rusty Tweed Drug Free Scholarship was created to help encourage our younger generation to pursue their dream of obtaining their degree. This is the 2nd annual scholarship. High school seniors that have been accepted into a college or a university and current college and university students are encouraged to apply. Full details about this $1000 scholarship can be found below.

Guidelines: To apply for the Rusty Tweed Drug Free Scholarship please create a 500-word essay on the following topic: “What creative ways can you come up with to promote drug free living?”
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019 To apply, visit the website: http://www.rustytweeddrugfreescholarship.com

New Jersey Veterinary Foundation
The New Jersey Veterinary Foundation is dedicated to advancing and supporting admitted veterinary students in achieving their DVM/VMD degrees. Since 1975, the NJVF has awarded over one million dollars in scholarship grants, interest-free loans and forgivable loans to New Jersey veterinary students. The NJVF Board of Trustees voted to replace the Veterinary Student Loan Program with Veterinary Education Grants beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. New Jersey residents are eligible to apply after completing their first year of veterinary school. Grants are awarded based on financial need and academic achievement. Download the application here (PDF). The deadline for applications is April 30th, annually.

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars
The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars program is a competitive program that provides veterinary students the opportunity to become involved in mentored research that advances the health and/or 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 AVMA-accredited US or international 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 over the summer. Each institution may select and submit only one student project proposal, and submissions must be made online by the academic institution for review by Morris Animal Foundation. As competition will be very strong for these awards, each institution is encouraged 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. Learn more about the program Please contact lkatapski@morrisanimalfoundation.org with any questions.

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 Corp 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 will be awarded 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. For further information and to apply, please visit to AVMF website. Deadline is typically early Mid-May. Check back in Spring 2019.

Tommy Smith Scholarship
Tommy Smith started the Tommy Smith Scholarship because he remembers how hard it was to go to college, balance a part-time job, and have a social life during his college years. This scholarship is to show students that there are people who understand all that they have to do to get an education. The scholarship is worth $1000 and only requires a 500-word essay on a specific topic to apply. To find out how to apply, please visit: http://tommysmithscholarship.com/ Deadline for applications: May 31, 2019

Maine Veterinary Education Foundation (MVEF) - Veterinary scholarship applications
These scholarships are open to Maine students that have completed at least one year of veterinary program. Funds will be sent directly to the veterinary college to offset tuition charges. Application requirements include a completed application form, official transcript from the veterinary school, and a one page letter describing your ties to Maine, your special interests in veterinary medicine, and your future plans. Deadline is typically late May. Check back in Spring 2019.

American Association of Bovine Practitioners - Amstutz Scholarship
The AABP and the Amstutz Scholarship Committee announce the availability of scholarships for 2017. Amstutz Scholarships are funded by the AABP Amstutz Scholarship Fund, AABP member donations, and the annual scholarship auction at the AABP Annual Conference. In addition, Elanco Animal Health has generously supported the program for the past 20 years. The Scholarship Committee determines the dollar amount of the scholarships and the number to be granted each year. Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to attend the AABP Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, September, 13-15, 2018 to receive their awards in person. The funds are presented to those Amstutz Scholarship recipients attending the Annual Conference, but their attendance is not mandatory to receive the funds.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a student AABP member.
  2. Be enrolled in a college/school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA Council on Education.
  3. Be in the second year (will graduate in 2020) of the veterinary curriculum at the time of application. Students enrolled in other years of the curriculum are not eligible to apply.
  4. Intend to engage in bovine veterinary medicine in the United States or Canada after graduation.

Completed electronic applications and two electronic letters of recommendation must be received on the AABP website. Deadline is typically early June. Check back in Spring 2019.

AABP Foundation/Zoetis Scholarships
Zoetis announces its continued support for a program to fund scholarships through the AABP Foundation. Announcement of the scholarship recipients will be made prior to the AABP Conference. Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to attend the AABP Annual Conference to receive their awards in person. A separate stipend of $750 will be available for those attending to help defray the expenses of each recipient’s travel/housing expenses for the Conference, but attendance is not mandatory to receive the scholarship funds. Attendees will be publicly recognized and receive their scholarship during the Friday evening Amstutz Auction sponsored by Zoetis. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a student AABP member
  2. Be enrolled in a college/school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA Council on Education
  3. Be in the third year (will graduate in 2019) of the veterinary curriculum at the time of application. Students enrolled in other years of the curriculum are not eligible to apply.
  4. Intend to engage in bovine veterinary medicine in the United States or Canada after graduation
  5. Be a United States citizen
  6. To be considered for the Zoetis scholarship, you must register on VetVance, a FREE resource dedicated to helping young veterinarians launch their careers. If you have not already registered to be a member of the VetVance community, please visit online here.

Deadline is typically early June. Check back in Spring 2019.

The Paul J Orloff Memorial Veterinary Scholarship
Metropolitan Shuttle awards scholarships to veterinary students at participating veterinary colleges across the US. The company awards $1,000 each year per participating institution to a student who submits the best essay on how they plan to harness technology to effect positive change in their chosen sphere of veterinary medicine. The winner must currently attend a participating institution (this includes RUSVM), or must have already been admitted for the forthcoming school year. The link to a more detailed description of our Scholarship Program in general is at: https://www.metropolitanshuttle.com/about-us/metropolitan-shuttle-scholarship-programs/paul-j-orloff-memorial-veterinary-scholarship/ The deadline for application is typically early August. Check back in Spring 2019.

Student Loan Planner Scholarship

Student Loan Planner provide advice to veterinarians who owe six figures on their student loans. To be eligible for this scholarship, You must currently owe six figures of student loans, AND be an active vet student for the running school year OR have just graduated in the past spring. The scholarship will have two components: You’ll get $500 and a free hour student loan plan

Deadline for applications: This scholarship has closed. Please check this page again in Summer 2019. To apply, visite the website: https://www.studentloanplanner.com/vet-scholarship/

Wolfie’s Place/How I Got Into Veterinary School Scholarships
The Wolfie’s Place and How I Got Into Veterinary School Scholarship Fund are offering two $500 Scholarships. These will be awarded in December of 2018, towards a Veterinary college degree. This Veterinary Student Scholarship was created by a former RUSVM student. This Veterinary student scholarship is open for current Veterinary students in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of Vet School (3rd semester and above). Deadline for applications: This scholarship has closed. Please check this page again in Summer 2019. For criteria and application procedure information, please visit: https://howigotintoveterinaryschool.com/veterinary-student-scholarship/

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association - Veterinary Student Scholarships
The RIVMA Veterinary Student Scholarship is open to veterinary students in their junior year, to be applied to their senior year. Applicants must be a graduate of a Rhode Island high school and have a grade point average of at least 2.5. The scholarship criteria is weighted 60% for academic excellence, 40% for academic need. Award: $1,000. To apply, please visit the RIVMA website. Deadline for applications: This scholarship has closed. Please check this page again in Summer 2019.

Important Dates

Events & Deadlines
October 20 Ross Vet Expo in Costa Mesa
October 23 Canadian Campus Presentation: University of Guelph
October 27 Ross Vet Expo in Chicago