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Many scholarships at the College of Veterinary Medicine have been established through gifts from alumni, friends and other sources of private support. A number of these carry, in addition to financial need, eligibility criteria and preferences based on the donors' interests in animal health, the College and our students. For example, some donors wish their scholarship awards to go to students who are interested in a particular type of veterinary medicine, such as equine medicine or feline medicine. Other scholarships carry preferences for students from particular cities, counties or geographic areas. To ensure effective matching, students eligible for scholarship assistance through these privately funded awards must complete a Student Statement of Personal Interest.

This essay should include:

  • reasons for pursuing a D.V.M. degree
  • species-oriented interests in veterinary medicine (one or two sentences)
  • goals after graduation (graduate study?internship or residency?private practice?)
  • activities, community/volunteer involvement
  • other personal notes you think would help the scholarship committee in making awards

All Student Statement of Personal Interests MUST be submitted through the financial aid tracking page.

For other information on how to apply for scholarships, please see our Applying for Financial Aid page. Click here to see a complete list of our Scholarships.

Scholarship Acknowledgment Letter

Expressions of appreciation for these gifts are vital to our efforts to maintain and increase scholarship assistance. Therefore, we expect each award recipient to write a short acknowledgement letter to the donor. Failure to do so will be interpreted by the College as a lack of interest in being considered for such assistance. Eligibility for scholarship support is also contingent upon the student's agreement to allow his or her name to be released to the donor, along with the amount of the award.


Future contributions to scholarships depend on excellent stewardship in which students play an important role. As you may never meet your donor in person, it is extremely important for them to meet you on paper.

To thank them personally we ask that you write a one-page thank you letter which includes the following:

  • One paragraph on why their gift is important to you
  • One to two paragraphs on your veterinary ambitions and your personal interests

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