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External Scholarship Opportunities

To supplement our efforts to reduce student loan debt through the institutional aid, it is our expectation that all students applying for financial aid take an active role in limiting their borrowing by seeking outside scholarship opportunities.

Below is a listing of possible opportunities, however many other scholarships exist beyond those listed here. Students should look for scholarships from professional veterinary organizations in their home state, local groups such as kennel clubs, former employers or fraternal organizations, and organizations to which they belong such as student clubs, religious organizations, and sororities/ fraternities.

While we screen these listings to eliminate any offers that do not appear to be legitimate, students should review all scholarship information carefully. Never pay money to apply for a scholarship or other funding opportunity.

Scholarship Name Description
AAEP Winner's Circle Scholarship Sponsored by the AAEP Foundation, Platinum Performance, and the Race For Education, this scholarship is available to veterinary students in their 2nd or 3rd year of study who are intending to enter equine veterinary medicine. Students applying during their 2nd year of vet school will receive scholarship funds during their 3rd year. Third-year students will receive scholarship funding during their 4th year. Please note: 2017 Winner's Circle recipients will not be eligible to receive an additional scholarship in 2018. 
AASVF - Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship Program The AASVF-Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship Program seeks to identify and assist future swine veterinarians with their educational expenses.
American Association of Avian Pathologists Various Opportunities
American Association of Bovine Practitioners Various Opportunities
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation Various Opportunities
AKC Humane Fund - John D. Spurling Scholarship In celebration of the Human-Canine Bond, the Fund awards five scholarships per year, totaling $10,000 annually, payable as tuition assistance to accredited institutions to full-time students enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the well-being of dogs and responsible pet ownership. Individuals pursuing studies in veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, physical therapy, animal care, animal behavior, grooming and training, may be eligible for this grant.
AVMF Scholarship Various Opportunities
12 Months Loans Bad Credit Scholarship 12M Loans will grant a quarterly $500 Scholarship to students for covering education costs. The Scholarship will be recurring, and we will award it four times a year.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • At least eighteen (18) years old;
  • Full-time or part-time enrolled in a U.S. school, college, professional, trade school or accredited university;
  • U.S.A. citizen or resident;
  • Having a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • Deadline June 30, 2018
Churchills Public Adjusters Churchill Scholarship
Serafin Martinez & Churchill Public Adjusters, wants to provide and cultivate the next generation of professionals. That is the reason why Serafin has decided to create a Scholarship program for upcoming professionals. This scholarship will assist in reducing the costs of education for high school and college grads which have shown an interest in a professional study. Learn more about the scholarship program below.
Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine The Chi Institute College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Program was established as part of an effort to promote the presence of TCVM in veterinary medical schools. Through this scholarship program, Chi grants a total of $40,000 worth of scholarships to twenty-five applicants each year.  Scholarships are awarded to veterinary school students and veterinary school faculty members, residents and graduate students.
Dr. Roger E. Meisner Veterinary Medical Scholarship Provides financial assistance to those North Dakota students who have graduated from a ND high school, and have been accepted by or are in a college of veterinary medicine, foreign or domestic, accredited by the AVMA.
Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation Various Opportunities
HSVMA Student Scholarship The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is offering student scholarships for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in animal welfare issues through volunteer or other such activities while in vet school. 
Joyce Wyatt Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship Ideal candidates are current AQHA or AQHYA members from Pennsylvania. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university, vocational or professional school. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to a four-year undergraduate, graduate or professional degree program of the student's choice.
K9 Carts Annual Scholarship K9 Carts is dedicated to serving handicapped dogs & cats worldwide, and changing the lives for you and your pets through the miracle of mobility. Since the mid-1970s, K9 Carts has been dedicated to serving mobility impaired pets and their owners. Now, we are looking to inspire the next generation of animal lovers by sponsoring a $1000 scholarship for students entering the field of Veterinary Medicine.
Maine Veterinary Education Foundation Maine Veterinary Education Foundation is able to provide a number of scholarship awards to veterinary students from Maine. Last year, we were able to award almost $30,000 in such scholarships. These awards tend to go to students entering their final year, but we welcome applications from second and third-year students as well. Should one or more of your students be awarded a scholarship, the award(s) will be paid directly to your veterinary school, to be applied against student tuition for the year beginning September.
Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA for at least one year who is attending an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine; whose studies focus on equine medicine and or surgery, and has a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Recipient must pursue an equine-focused veterinary practice. Applicant must be enrolled as a third year veterinary school student when applying. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to the student's last year of the veterinary program.
Merck Animal Health/AAEP Foundation Scholarship Second- and third-year veterinary students dedicated to a career in equine medicine are encouraged to apply for one of five $5,000 scholarships provided by Merck Animal Health and the AAEP Foundation.
NDVMA Scholarship In September 1997, the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship Fund was formally established to provide assistance to North Dakota students pursuing a career in veterinary medicine and to further enhance veterinary education in North Dakota.
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, or must have already been admitted for the forthcoming school year.
Ride and Tie Association Veterinary Student Scholarship

Dr. Jim Steere served as the Head Veterinarian for the Ride and Tie Association for more than 25 years. He helped develop and implement the veterinary examination guidelines for this unique sport, adapted from the sport of endurance racing. Dr. Steere was also an avid participant of Ride and Tie. Less than one year before his passing in 2010 Steere and his son competed in the World Ride and Tie Championships. The Association is proud to offer this scholarship in his memory.

The essay is limited to 1000 words and must be accompanied by a list of references used in the essay. The topic is at the discretion of the veterinary student. Examples of winning past essays can be requested from Dr. Melinda Newton at m.newtondvm@gmail.com. A cover letter may be submitted in conjunction with the essay, but is not required. All essays must be received by Dr. Newton by 1/15/2019. An award of $2000 will be awarded for the outstanding essay that is suitable for publishing in the Ride and Tie Association's monthly newsletter.

Student Loan Planner Student Loan Planner Vet School Scholarship 2018
Future veterinarians with more than $100,000 of student debt deserve scholarships too.

You’ve had to handle living expenses without an income, watch your interest accrue while you’re trying to study, and deal with more debt than most people will take out for their mortgage.

The whole point of Student Loan Planner is to help veterinarians who owe six figures on their student loans.

That’s why we’re giving away a scholarship specifically for veterinary students in 2018.

USDA Various Opportunities
Vermont Veterinary Medical Association The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association established a foundation to provide scholarships to veterinary students from Vermont.  Students entering their final year of school will be given preference for awards, as their debt burden is highest.  However, other students are encouraged to apply, and the committee will take into consideration students who have applied more than once when making their selections.  All applicantsmust have completed their first year of veterinary school.
Veterinary Student Scholarship Award This scholaship is for applicants with a proven academic record, financial need and experience in animal advocacy, in particular combatting animal cruelty. This scholarship focuses on the need for future veterinarians to engage with and educate the public in order to help bring an end to animal cruelty and to champion new and better standards for the humane treatment of all animals.
Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program The Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program is available for students who are enrolled or a descendant of a federally-recognized American Indian tribe.
Zoetis Zoetis is committed to the growth and advancement of hard-working and dedicated veterinary students. Through partnerships with various major organizations, Zoetis provides three different scholarships worth thousands of dollars each to eligible students.