The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is instituting the Charlotte Bacon Veterinary Education Scholarship to be awarded to a qualified veterinary student who has significant service to children in an educational or community setting.
The scholarship honors six-year-old Charlotte Helen Bacon, one of the Sandy Hook Elementary School children who died on Dec. 14, 2012. According to her parents Joel and JoAnn Bacon, Charlotte never met an animal she didn’t love and wanted to be a veterinarian since age two.
“I was deeply moved when I learned of Charlotte’s dreams of being a veterinarian,” says Samantha Parrett, director of business and administrative services for the NC State Veterinary Health Complex. “We wanted to find a way to honor this dream and felt a scholarship in her name would be appropriate. Individual staff members, students, and clinicians started contributing and we had enough initial funds to take the next step.”
Parrett approached Newtown resident Aaron Carlson with the scholarship idea. Carlson, whose daughter was a close friend of Charlotte, helped initiate the Newtown Kindness organization and serves as a spokesperson for the Bacon family. The Newtown Kindness organization recently created the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award which will annually recognize children doing acts of kindness.
“We learned from Mr. Carlson that Joel Bacon said he and wife would be honored if NC State created a scholarship in Charlotte’s name,” says Parrett. “We have established the criteria for the scholarship and expect to name the first recipient for the fall semester.”
The scholarship is available to NC State College of Veterinary Medicine students who are in their first through third year of study, who are interested in companion animal or equine medicine, and who have a track record of significant service to children in an educational or community setting.
The initial award is for $1,000 with a goal to raise additional support within and beyond the CVM community in order for the scholarship to become endowed.
For more information concerning the Charlotte Bacon Veterinary Education Scholarship contact the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation at 919.513.6660.