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
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) Monetary award to further education in holistic medicine. March
American Indian Graduate Center Enrolled or a descendant of a federally-recognized American Indian Tribe 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. July
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. October
American Veterinary Medical History Society (AVMHS) Essay Contest. April
Aurora Pharmaceutical DVM Student Scholarship 3rd year student April
Burlington County Kennel Club Residents of NJ with preference for those from Burlington County. May
Boehringer Ingelheim (BVDzero) 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year veterinary student with passion for livestock 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
District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine Stipend for rising third or fourth-year students participating in externships. 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
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 Varies

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. Varies
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) Application- 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students that are NJ residents. April
New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) Students with an interest in equine. May
North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association (NDVMA) North Dakota Resident 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. Varies
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. September
Sallie Mae US Citizen or Permanent Resident with a minimum 3.0 GPA February
Sommerset Hills Kennel Club 3rd and 4th year residents from NJ primarily interested in canine medicine. March
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. April
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
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Multiple scholarship options for students interested in public health and food safety. Varies
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 $5000 scholarship to a deserving 3rd or 4th year veterinary school student. October
Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Enrolled member or federally recognized tribe and maintain B average June
Winn Feline 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 3 different scholarships offered in partnership with AAVMC, AAEP and AABP. Varies