External Scholarship Sources


The following awards are funded primarily by special interest groups from outside of the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Decisions regarding distribution of these awards are primarily determined by the funding agency, although a few are determined by the Awards and Scholarship Committee.  Completion of the on-line scholarship form is not sufficient to be eligible for these scholarships. Please watch for e-mail announcements over the course of the academic year for instructions to apply for these specific scholarships, or apply according to the instructions listed below.  For more information concerning these scholarships, please contact Allison Herrman (aherrman@vet.k-state.edu).



AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award

Five awards of $1,500 each plus reimbursement for award winners for all travel and lodging expenses to the AABP annual conference.  Recipients shall be second or third year students.  They need to write a letter which outlines their background, work and academic experience, primary interests in veterinary medicine, career goals and provide the name of a faculty sponsor.  The faculty sponsor electronically submits student's letter and a supporting letter of sponsorship regarding the applicant's qualifications to the vet school's AABP faculty representative by March 10th, AABP rep electronically submits everything to AABP office by March 15th. 

AAEP The Race for Education Scholarship

Awarded to one student from each CVM.  The recipient will intend to enter equine medicine, be a member of SCAAEP, and be a third year student, with funds to be used during the fourth year of veterinary school.  Application process includes essay, transcripts, and letters of reference.  The recipient may also be eligible for additional scholarship money by taking an online financial literacy course. 

AAEP American Livestock Insurance Company Scholarship

Awarded to eight students nationally.  Each CVM may submit one application to be considered, to be selected by the equine faculty and/or SCAAEP if there are multiple applicants.  Applicants should be interested in a career in equine medicine.  Application process includes essay, curriculum vitae, and evaluation forms from two references. 

American Association of Swine Veterinarians Veterinary Student Scholarships

Scholarships awarded based on scientific presentations during the Student Seminar at the AASV annual meeting.  Abstracts are due each year in the fall.  More information available at http://www.aasv.org/annmtg/2011/studentseminar.htm.

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship

Students are required to write an essay of no more than 3 typed pages.  Deadline is August 15th. 

American Kennel Club Veterinary Student Scholarships

Recipient shall be an accepted or current full-time student at an accredited college of veterinary medicine.  Criteria for awarding: academic achievement and potential, activities in purebred dogs and/or relevant research, and financial need.  Application includes essay and transcripts.  Applications due by April 1.  Each CVM may enter four applicants.  If more than four, the Scholarship Committee will select the top four applications for submission.

American Quarter Horse Foundation Telephony Scholarship

Award is $10,000 given to a third year student who demonstrates academic merit in the field of equine medicine and a love for helping horses.  Assistance will be awarded to an AQHA member in an equine veterinary medicine program who wishes to pursue an equine focused veterinary practice. Applicants must be enrolled as a third year student when applying and provide evidence of a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Funding will be applied to student’s last year of the veterinary program.

American Quarter Horse Racing Scholarship

Funding will be awarded to members of AQHA/AQHYA who have experience within the racing industry or are seeking a career in the industry. Applicants seeking a career in the racing industry may specialize in veterinary medicine, racetrack management or other related fields. Members may apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school. Applicants must provide evidence of a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Students apply directly through AQHA.

Association for Women Veterinarians Scholarships

Recipients are second and third year female students.  Check website for application details: http://www.vet.ksu.edu/AWV/docs/awards.html#appinfo  OR for an application write to: Dr. Chris Payne, 32205 Allison Drive, Union City, CA  94587

AVMF Veterinary Student Scholarships

The AVMF awards $1,000 scholarships to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year US veterinary students.  More information is available at http://www.avmf.org/whatwedo/avmf-veterinary-scholarship-program/.

Dane G. Hansen Scholarship

Applicants should be enrolled as a third year student, in the top 10% of their class, and a graduate of a Kansas High school.  Preference will be given to students with a northwest Kansas background and whose career plans include the probability of practice in the state of Kansas.  Applicants must prepare curriculum vitae and write a letter stating plans and aspirations for pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine.  Three letters of recommendation should accompany application with a cover letter.  Include permission for the Dean's office to forward academic information to the Review Committee.  Application materials due in October of each year.

Imperial Valley Kennel Club Scholarship

Award for legal residents of Imperial County, California.  Must be presently enrolled in a recognized four year DVM program.  Must submit completed application by April 1 and include a copy of college acceptance letter, two letters of recommendation from teachers, two letters of recommendation from non-school associated adults, and two personal essays. 

International Kiko Goat Association Scholarship

Awarded to a student who is specializing in small ruminants (especially goats).  To apply, send letter of intent, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts to IKGA Office, 4453 Hwy 11E, Bluff City, TN  37618.

Kenneth Eskelund Preceptorship Award (offered by American Association of Avian Pathologists)

Students apply directly to AAAP.  This scholarship provides vet students with up to $1,200 to $1,500 to defray living and travel expenses while attending a 2 to 4 week poultry medicine preceptorship training program. 

Tim Lewis Memorial Scholarship

Applications accepted in April each year.  Any student in the CVM is eligible.  Application consists of a copy of veterinary transcripts and a statement of area of veterinary interest and future plans.

Mildred C. Sylvester Scholarship (American Veterinary Medical Foundation)

The AVMF, through its Mildred C. Sylvester Scholarship Fund, will award thirteen $2,000 scholarships to first, second, or third year students who are attending an accredited college of veterinary medicine.  Preference will be given to residents of New Jersey or other states that do not have a veterinary school within their borders, and/or to students interested in pursuing a career in animal health studies, shelter medicine, or disaster preparedness and response efforts.  Students must demonstrate that they are enrolled in a college of veterinary medicine and in good standing.  A letter from the academic office of the school will serve as verification.  Students must complete a one paragraph statement (250 words or less) declaring why they are requesting the funds and why they should be chosen for a scholarship.  Applications must be postmarked by May 15th. 

Montana Veterinary Medical Association Scholarships

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded each year.  Application deadline is in May each year. 

Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association Centennial Scholarships

Several awards for students from Nebraska.  Selection is made based on career goals, financial need, and scholarship.  Applications can be picked up in 213 Trotter Hall or online at www.nvma.org.  Application deadline is October 1 each year.

Nevada Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship

Applicants must be third or fourth year students in good academic standing who are legal residents of Nevada.  Applicants must submit autobiography, goal statement, and transcripts directly.  Deadline is January 25.

New Brunswick Kennel Club Scholarships

Scholarship will be in the amount of $2,500.  Applicant must have completed 2 or more years of veterinary school.  Must complete application and include two letters of reference (non-family personal and academic), veterinary transcripts, and proof of NJ residency.  Applicant is judged based on demonstrated financial need, academic excellence, letters of reference, community service and volunteer activities, and career goals.  Deadline June 1 of every year. 

New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs Scholarships

Will award one or more scholarships of at least $500 but not more than $1,000.  Must be a student from New Jersey and have completed at least two years of veterinary school.  Applicants will be judged based on financial need, academic excellence, career goals, and letters of recommendation.  Deadline is September 1.

North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship

Awarded to students from North Dakota.  Financial need and an expressed interest in returning to North Dakota to practice veterinary medicine may be considered in prioritizing applications.  Students must submit NDVMA scholarship application directly.  Deadline is May 15.

Old Gray Dog Foundation

Students submit a 250-500 word (typed, double-spaced) essay regarding a personal experience in administration of compassionate medical care to an animal.  Essays on euthanasia will not be accepted.    Essays due September 15.



Olson Brothers Endowed Scholarship

Recipients will be residents of Nebraska and have an interest in large animal practice, specifically those with an interest in food animal and dairy practice.  Selection process includes a written essay and interview with the Olson Brothers Foundation in Nebraska.  Scholarship may be renewed based on annual essay and interview.

Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation Scholarship

One or more annual scholarship to legal residents of Pennsylvania attending veterinary college in the US.  Application can be completed online at www.pavma.org.

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Student Scholarship

The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) is proud to offer a veterinary scholarship for veterinary students.  A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a veterinary student in the spring of their junior year at veterinary school.  Applications available in 213 Trotter Hall.  Below is the criteria for selection:
1. Student must be a graduate of a Rhode Island high school
2. Student must have resided in Rhode Island for at least three years
3. Student must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 to apply
4. Scholarship is open to veterinary students in their junior year to be applied to their senior year.

Dr. Roger E. Meisner Veterinary Medicine Education Endowment Fund

Awarded to a North Dakota student.  Awards are based on need and motivation.  Students apply directly.  Application deadline is June 15.

Schooley's Mountain Kennel Club Scholarships

Scholarship of at least $500 but not more than $1,000 will be awarded to a student who has completed 2 years or more of veterinary school and is a New Jersey resident.  Must complete application and include two letters of reference (non-family personal and academic), veterinary school transcripts, and proof of NJ residency.  Applicant will be judged based on demonstrated financial need, academic excellence (at least 3.0 GPA), letters of reference, community service and volunteer activities, and career goals.  Deadline is June 1. 

L. Dwight Schwartz Travel Scholarship (offered by American Association of Avian Pathologists)

Students apply directly to AAAP.  This scholarship is in the amount of up to $1,500 to help defray travel expenses to the American Veterinary Medical Association's meeting. 

Simmons Educational Foundation Award for Business Aptitude

Awarded to a third year veterinary student who has demonstrated exceptional business aptitude as well as an attitude that recognizes the importance of the business side of private veterinary practice.  The winner from K-State then has the opportunity to compete for the national scholarship in the amount of $20,000.

Somerset Hills Kennel Club Scholarships

Two scholarships for junior or senior veterinary students.  Must be New Jersey residents (except for temporary University residency) and their goals must be primarily geared towards canine medicine.  Award amounts range from $500-$1,500.  Must complete application and include transcripts (both undergrad and vet school) and two letters of reference (personal and professional). 

Southwest Kansas CattleWomen Scholarship

The Kansas Cattle Women organization is offering $1,000 scholarships to college students majoring in a division of agriculture, foods, and nutrition, and/or beef related area of study.  The scholarship will be evenly awarded over two semesters.  This scholarship is available to any student who will be working toward a degree from a four-year university next fall, and whose permanent residence is within the following Southwest Kansas counties: Clark, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Seward, Scott, Stanton, Stevens, or Wichita.  The student must exhibit involvement with cattle production and plan to promote the beef industry in the future.  The recipient must be willing to make or assist Southwest Kansas Cattle Women in making at least one educational presentation on the cattle industry to an elementary classroom, civic organization, or similar audience.  The application form and required transcripts must be post-marked by April 30th.

William E. Spence Veterinary Scholarship

One $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a student who was a resident of Delaware at the time of acceptance into veterinary school.  The application process includes a letter, transcripts, and two reference letters.  Applications available in 213 Trotter Hall and are due by October 15th each year.

Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship

Awarded annually to three students who are engaged in studies pertaining to the bison industry.  Applications are due by October 1.  Download application at www.bisoncentral.com

Western Veterinary Conference Student Scholarship

Recipient shall be a third year student who is an outstanding leader and demonstrates financial need.  Award consists of a scholarship award and also the opportunity to attend the largest veterinary meeting in the world by providing air transportation, hotel accommodations, and allowance for meals.  Students are asked to submit a brief essay explaining why they feel they would make a good delegate to represent Kansas State at the Western Veterinary Conference. 

Wilson, Saul t. Jr. Scholarship Program (USDA-APHIS)

Students must be a US citizen, be enrolled in veterinary school full-time in good academic standing, must have completed NOT more than 1 year (18 semester or 27 quarter hours) of veterinary school, agree to work for the agency during school breaks (both summer and holiday periods).  Application must contain the following: resume (including current and summer addresses and telephone numbers), transcripts of all college courses completed to date, letter of acceptance to veterinary school, three letters of recommendation from college officials (none related), an original essay by you not to exceed 500 words addressing this topic: "Why I should receive a Saul T. Wilson Jr. Scholarship and what contributions I would make to APHIS, Veterinary Services", and documentation if you have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Recipients receive up to $10,000 per year for school expenses, paid employment during summers and school breaks, possibility of conversion to a permanent appointment.  Applications must be post-marked no later than March 1st.  Brochures available on website at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/pubs/pub_ahwilson.pdf

Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarships

Several scholarships awarded to students from each veterinary college in the United States.  Second and third year students are eligible to apply.  More information can be found at http://www.avmf.org/whatwedo/pfizerscholarship/