External Scholarship Opportunities

To supplement our efforts to reduce student loan debt through the institutional gift 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.

Additional resources identified at any time after submitting the financial aid application(s) must be promptly reported to the Financial Aid Office. If an offer of financial aid has already been made, it will be reviewed and adjusted as necessary to ensure that total resources do not exceed calculated need. Receipt of outside scholarships or loans will first cause any unsubsidized loans in the student's package to be reduced, then campus-based loans would be reduced by any remaining over award amount.

All scholarship and grant funds received in excess of amounts used for payment of tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment are considered taxable income for U.S. income tax purposes. It is the students' responsibility to report this income on the tax return.

List of scholarship providers, descriptions, and due dates
Organization Description Approximate Due Date
AAVMC Dr. Catherine A. Knupp Scholarship A $50,000 scholarship will be awarded to a veterinary student who aspires to pursue an advanced degree in basic or clinical research. Application Opens December 1, 2022
Academy of Veterinary Consultants Foundation (AVCF) Three scholarships for 2nd and 3rd year students interested in beef cattle practice. March 31st
American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) See website for information on various scholarships offered for students interested in poultry medicine. November/ December
American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Multiple scholarship options for students with interest in bovine medicine. Varies
American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) See website for information on various scholarships offered for students interested in equine medicine. Varies
American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Merck Animal Health has provided funding for five scholarships of $5,000 for 2017. December
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF) Multiple research and education grants. March 31
American Indian Graduate Center Enrolled or a descendant of a federally-recognized American Indian Tribe. May & June
American Kennel Club (AKC) Must have background in breeding purebred dogs and AKC events. April

AKC Humane Fund

In celebration of the Human-Canine Bond. Varies
American Pointer Club Students entering 3rd or 4th year. December
American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Multiple scholarship options for students with equine interest. Varies
American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) Multiple scholarship options- see website for specifics. Varies
American Veterinary Medical History Society (AVMHS) Essay Contest about a veterinary history topic for all currently enrolled DVM students. April 15th
Aurora Pharmaceutical DVM Student Scholarship 3rd year students March
Burlington County Kennel Club Residents of NJ with preference for those from Burlington County. May
College Veterinary Medicine of Puerto Rico 4th year Natural from Puerto Rico October
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo For residents of the 8 counties of Western NY. January
Dallas Jewish Community Foundation

Must be both A full-time student attending school from the fall of 2022 until the spring of 2023 and An American Citizen or an individual who has achieved legal status to reside in the US.

February 10
Delaware Veterinary Medical Association Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a veterinary student from Delaware in their second, third or fourth year of veterinary school. March
District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine Stipend for rising third or fourth-year students participating in externship. May
DVMA/MERCK Scholarship 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students from Delaware. November
Healthy Paws Pet Insurance Volunteer work in animal welfare/advocacy community June
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year interest in animal welfare issues May
Kinesis Foundation Puerto Rico Resident, 3.0 or higher GPA Varies
Lallemand Forward Scholarship

Awarded to one third-year recipient with a focus on production animals.

September 30

Long Island Veterinary Medical Association

From Long Island October
Maine Veterinary Medical Association Awarded to a Maine student who has completed at least one year of veterinary school. May
Maryland Veterinary Foundation 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students that are Maryland residents November

National Cattlemen's Foundation

Students with an interest in careers in the beef industry. July
National Dairy Herd Information Association (NDHIA) 3rd or 4th year students interested in dairy medicine. December
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) Offers a wide variety of scholarships to support wildlife rehabilitators. November
New Brunswick Kennel Club 3rd or 4th year students from New Jersey. December
New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association $1000 Minimum Scholarship for New Hampshire Resident Students June
New Jersey Veterinary Foundation (NJVF) New Jersey residents April 30th
NY Complementary AVMA (NYCAVMA) $1000 Scholarship: 500-word essay demonstrating applicant's need for the scholarship September
New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) Students with an interest in equine. May
North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association (NDVMA) North Dakota residents May
Paul J. Orloff Memorial  Essay Contest on technological advances.  August

Pennsylvania Animal Care

Awarded to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year veterinary students originating (past or current residency) from Pennsylvania and demonstrating leadership. January
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America (PWCCA) Years of active involvement in the sport of dogs and involved with Pembroke Welsh Corgis June
Puerto Rico Veterinary Association 4th year students, residents of Puerto Rico. November
The Purr Project Foundation Awarded to residents of Connecticut with strong background in community service for animals April
Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Associations (RIVMA) Awarded to juniors to be applied to senior year. Must be graduate of a Rhode Island high school.


Ride and Tie Association Jim Steere Memorial Veterinary Scholarship First place essay submission will be awarded $2000 and runner-ups awarded the remainder. Total award of $3000 will be disbursed for 2023. January
Sallie Mae US Citizen or Permanent Resident with a minimum 3.0 GPA February
Soros Fellowships for New Americans Up to $90,000. Open to New Americans (immigrants or children of immigrants) who will go on to make distinctive contributions to American society. Application available mid-April
Theriogenology Foundation Applicants must be veterinary students who are active members of the Society for Theriogenology (SFT) and who will graduate from veterinary school within the 12 months immediately preceding the Theriogenology Annual Conference in July. The 2021 scholarship recipients received $10,000 scholarships. February 14
U.S. Army The U.S. Army Veterinary Corps offers a full-tuition scholarship, plus a monthly allowance, in exchange for military training and reserve service. ongoing
USHJA Foundation $25,000 Scholarship. 3 consecutive years of USHJA membership, top 20% of class and/or 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need Varies
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Multiple scholarship options for students interested in public health and food safety. Varies
United Veterinary Care Open to all Black 3rd & 4th-year Veterinary Students April 30
Veterinary Association of the North Shore (VANS) Veterinary students form the North Shore April 1st
Vermont Large Animal Veterinary Educational Loan Repayment Program will pay up to $25,000 each year toward qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a NIFA designated veterinarian shortage situations for a period of three years. October

Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England

Multiple scholarships available for New England residents. See website for more information. Varies
Walkin' Pets Vet student in senior year. July
Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) Monetary award, for 3rd year veterinary students, recognizing veterinary student leaders and promoting lifelong professional service. October
Westie Foundation of America Scholarship A $5000 scholarship to a deserving 3rd or 4th year veterinary school student. March 15
Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Enrolled member or federally recognized tribe and maintain B average June
EveryCat Health Foundation and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) (each are separate links) Two $2,500 joint scholarships for 3rd or 4th year veterinary students.  March
Zoetis Three different scholarships offered in partnership with AAVMC, AAEP and AABP. Varies