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An Evening of Gratitude

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Student scholarship recipients at the 2014 Evening of Gratitude.

It was once said, “The most beautiful thing in the world is the conjunction of learning and inspiration.” This thought was evidenced when scholarship donors and student recipients came together for April’s Evening of Gratitude.  

The evening was a special opportunity to express appreciation to individuals, associations and corporate donors who generously inspired students though scholarship support—making it possible for more than 70 percent of the school’s students to receive scholarship and fellowship awards as they realize their dreams of becoming veterinarians. 

“This is an outstanding year for our school’s scholarship and fellowship program—with 745 awards amounting to $6.5 million, a record-breaking amount! We value the generosity of our philanthropic partners and investment in our students,” Dean Michael Lairmore said. 

The evening was filled with inspiring stories, tributes and conversations among attendees. Mary Seawright was remembered for helping more than 60 students with the scholarships she awarded during her lifetime.

Robert Haas established an endowed scholarship in honor and recognition of Francisco “Pancho” Lopez for his lifelong dedication to equine health and well-being. Lopez is one of the most widely known and respected figures in the international showjumping community. He wanted to become a veterinarian, but family responsibilities prevented fulfilling his ambition. The scholarship will allow Jose Guerrero, its first recipient, to realize his dream.

The Westminster Kennel Foundation, inspired by their desire to give back, awarded a scholarship to Amy Eberle for her demonstrated interest in breeding and showing pure bred dogs. The scholarship includes an expense paid trip to attend the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club in New York City in February 2015.

Third-year student, Athena Gianapoulas was the featured student speaker for the evening event. As a recipient of the Peter N. Jones Veterinary Scholarship, Gianapoulas shared stories about her life-long connection to birds and the journey she took to veterinary school with humility and charm. Her heartfelt message of gratitude brought the audience to its feet with applause.  

For information about making a gift for scholarships and fellowships, please contact the Office of Development at (530) 752-7024.

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