Twenty-five veterinary students preparing for a career in equine medicine have received a combined $104,000 in financial support through the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program, co-sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Foundation, Platinum Performance and The Race for Education.
The Winner’s Circle scholarships are intended to help ease the financial burden of a veterinary education by offering fourth-year students at each of the AAEP’s 39 full or full-affiliate student chapters an opportunity to earn scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the needs of the individual student. Students are selected for scholarships based on their leadership roles and dedication to a future in equine healthcare.
Since its establishment in 2008, the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program has provided $1,102,500 in scholarships to 280 veterinary students.
“The rising cost of veterinary school continues to present challenges to talented students who endeavor to enter the equine veterinary profession,” said Jeff Berk, VMD, chairman of the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council. “We are grateful to all of our donors and especially thank our partners Platinum Performance and The Race for Education for all their support. It’s hard to imagine we have been able to assist so many veterinary students with now more than $1 million in support since we started this program.”
Six students received $1,500 scholarships; 19 others received $5,000 scholarships, which included $4,000 in funds from a federal matching grant that The Race for Education received from the Assets for Independence program administered through The Race for Education’s Federal Grant program. Only U.S. students attending veterinary school in the U.S. were eligible for awards through the federal matching grant. An additional 11 applicants not selected for Winner’s Circle scholarships also received $4,000 awards through the federal matching grant.
Congratulations to the following 2016 recipients:
Hugo Almonte, Purdue University
Maia Aspe, University of Saskatchewan
Katelynn Basala, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Rebecca Bishop, Tufts University
Caroline Brown, Tuskegee University
Jessica Dean, University of Missouri
Avery Gagnon, University of Guelph
Jessica Harvey, St. George’s University
Charlotte Hemstock, University of Calgary
Emily Johnson, Colorado State University
Nicole King, Michigan State University
Alaina Kringen, Iowa State University
Danielle Kurkowski, Washington State University
Courtney O’Connell, Cornell University
Lindsey Patton, North Carolina State University
Sarah Porter, University of Tennessee
Laura Sahlfeld, Oregon State University
Leah Sigmon, Ohio State University
Kile Townsend, University of Prince Edward Island
Sarah Varnell, University of California, Davis
Chelsea Walker, Oklahoma State University
Katie Weber, University of Wisconsin
Nicole Wettstein, University of Illinois
Sarah White, Texas A&M University
Jennifer Whitmore, Ross University
The AAEP Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, was created in 1994 to serve as the charitable arm of the AAEP to improve the welfare of the horse. Additional information about the Foundation is available at www.aaepfoundation.org.