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Tuition and Financial Aid
Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine

External Scholarships

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.

ScholarshipWho Can ApplyDue Date
American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) Foundation ScholarshipsMany scholarships available to all DVM students interested in avian medicine11/1/23
Maryland Veterinary Foundation Scholarships2nd, 3rd, & 4th year Maryland residents11/19/23
The Zoetis Foundation/AAVMC Veterinary Student Scholarship2nd & 3rd year DVM students12/6/23
American Pointer Club (APC) Veterinary Scholarship3rd & 4th year DVM students12/22/23
The Randolph & Aline Higgins Scholarship3rd & 4th year New Jersey residents12/22/23
AASVF - Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship Program (2024)2nd & 3rd year members of AASV12/31/23
Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program (via AVMF)2nd & 3rd year DVM students12/31/23
National DHIA Scholarship for Veterinary Students3rd & 4th year DVM students12/31/23
Westie Foundation of America Scholarship3rd & 4th year DVM students with an interest in purebred dogs12/31/23
AVMF 2nd Opportunity Research ScholarshipAll DVM students seeking their second summer of research experience1/11/24
American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Scholarship ProgramMultiple scholarships for students with equine interest.1/15/24
Ride and Tie Association Jim Steere Memorial Veterinary ScholarshipAll DVM students1/15/24
Frances A. and Joseph B. Levy Family Scholarship Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation1st, 2nd, & 3rd year Jewish DVM students1/17/24
Animal Care PA Veterinary Student Scholarship2nd, 3rd, & 4th year Pennsylvania residents1/31/24
PVMA + Animal Care PA Young Leadership Scholarship2nd, 3rd, & 4th year Pennsylvania residents demonstrating leadership1/31/24
USDA Pathways Program: Adel A. Malak Scholarship1st & 2nd year DVM students interested in public health and food safety~1/31/24
Dr. A Harris Mosher Award4th year students pursuing residency training in Pathology2/1/24
Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England (VSTONE) Scholar Award4th year New England residents2/1/24
AAVMC Dr. Catherine A. Knupp ScholarshipAll DVM Students2/12/24
Oxbow Animal Health Exotics Interest ScholarshipDVM students interested in exotic animal medicine3/1/24
American Kennel Club (AKC)All DVM students with a background in purebred dogs and AKC events or research. Applications should be submitted directly to vetfinaid@cornell.edu3/4/24
Aurora Pharmaceutical DVM Student Scholarship Program3rd year DVM students3/15/24
EveryCat Health Foundation/American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Scholarships3rd & 4th year DVM students~3/15/24
Harold Wetterberg Foundation Scholarship (via AVMF)2nd & 3rd year current or former New Jersey residents3/15/24
Academy of Veterinary Consultants Foundation (AVCF)2nd & 3rd year DVM students interested in beef cattle practice3/31/24
DVMA/Merck Animal Health Student Scholarship2nd, 3rd, & 4th year Delaware residents3/31/24
American Holistic Veterinary Medical FoundationAll DVM students4/12/24
Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment ProgramAll DVM graduates committed to providing veterinary services in a designated veterinary shortage area for at least three years4/12/24
American Veterinary Medical History Society (AVMHS)All DVM Students4/15/24
Somerset Hills Kennel Club and Central NJ Hound Association Scholarship3rd & 4th year NJ residents interested in canine medicine.4/30/24
Hamel Family Scholarship for Further EducationAll higher education student USHJA members5/15/24
Greater Hickory Kennel Club Future Veterinarian Education ScholarshipAll DVM students5/17/24
AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award Sponsored by Merck Animal Health2nd & 3rd year DVM students interested in bovine medicine5/31/24
AABP Amstutz Scholarship2nd & 3rd year DVM students interested in bovine medicine5/31/24
Francis Welome Future Dairy Practicioner Scholarship3rd year DVM students interested in bovine medicine5/31/24
Zoetis Foundation Scholarship3rd year DVM students interested in bovine medicine5/31/24
Bethel Memorial Award for Veterinary MedicineAll DVM students6/1/24
Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance ProgramAll DVM students that are an enrolled member or a descendant of a federally-recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group6/1/24
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America (PWCCA)All DVM students involved in the sport of dogs6/1/24
NDVMA ScholarshipAll DVM students who are North Dakota residents6/1/24
Tom and Ruth Bettenhausen ScholarshipAll DVM students who are North Dakota residents6/15/24
North Dakota Community Foundation Veterinary Medicine ScholarshipAll DVM students who are North Dakota residents6/15/24
Cavalier Trail Riding ClubAll DVM Students with equine interest6/30/24
New Hampshire Veterinary Medical AssociationAll DVM students who are New Hampshire residents6/30/24
HSVMA Compassionate Care Veterinary Student Scholarships1st, 2nd, and 3rd year DVM students6/30/24
VVMAF Scholarship2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Vermont residents6/30/24
The AKC Humane Fund John D. Spurling OBE ScholarshipAll DVM students7/15/24
Dr. Gregory D. Bossart Memorial One Health ScholarshipAll DVM students working on an One Health research project7/31/24
World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Michael J. Day ScholarshipResearch grant available to all DVM students7/31/24
Teddy Sarna Veterinary Medicine Scholarship ProgramAll DVM students8/31/24
The NYCAVMA Tiekert Educational ScholarshipAll DVM students9/1/24
Team Crosby Forever Veterinary Medicine ScholarshipAll DVM students9/11/24
For the Love of Pinot Menorial Scholarship and Dr. Rocky J. Deutsch TributeAll DVM students10/1/24
Long Island Veterinary Medical AssociationAll DVM student residents of Long Island10/15/24
Reindeer Jill Memorial Scholarship for Veterinary Medicine StudentsAll DVM students interested in large animal care and from the Pacific Northwest10/31/24
U.S. ArmyThe U.S. Army Veterinary Corps offers a full-tuition scholarship, plus a monthly allowance, in exchange for military training and reserve service.ongoing
Candace Mast Veterinary Medicine Scholarship FundFemale DVM student residents of East TennesseeTBD
Joel M. Woolfson Memorial Scholarship4th year DVM students & veterinary surgery or shelter medicine interns from New EnglandTBD
The Theresa and Allen Thomas BIPOC Education Fund2nd, 3rd, & 4th year DVM studentsTBD
Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association ScholarshipsAll DVM student residents of Nebraskavaries
SAVMA Awards & ScholarshipsMany opportunities for SAVMA members to support education, externships, and wellbeingvaries