May 18, 2006
Forty-five special guests met with scholarship recipients during the school's Annual Awards Ceremony Wednesday, May 17, 2006.
In some cases, donors or sponsors joined school officials at the podium as they celebrated more than 450 scholarships valued at approximately $1.2 million.
"We are pleased to announce that our 2006 scholarship program includes 13 new awards amounting to $25,000 in additional funding this year, " stated Bennie I. Osburn, dean, in his welcoming remarks. "The school is deeply grateful for the generous support of our individual, association and corporate scholarship donors who make possible the new and continuing awards presented today."
Students will pay $22,252 in fees for the 2006-2007 school year. Fourth-year students, who attend year-round, will pay slightly more. The Office of Student Programs report that 2005 graduates left the DVM program with an average of $70,359 in professional school debt.
The school’s endowed scholarship fund totals $34 million–one of the highest among veterinary schools in the country. A need-based grant program enhances the scholarship program. Scholarship and grant programs combined provide a total of $2.4 million this year to defray educational expenses. More than 85% of students receive scholarship or grant support.
Awards honor the memories of family members, alumni or special companion animals. Dr. Lisa Boyer says that she enjoys the opportunity to meet the recipient of the scholarship that she established in 2001 in memory of her twins, Erin Leigh and Jacob. "This scholarship has a specific purpose—to honor someone facing the struggle of being a parent while pursuing such a demanding profession. In his application, Gabriel McKeon wrote a compelling essay about that sacrifice. He deserves it."
Dr. Frank Grasse, who established the Ivan G. Pollack scholarship in honor of his friend and fellow member of the Class of 1974, selects each award recipient. He says that he looks for certain qualities of personal determination and resilience, in addition to an interest in feline medicine. "Paula Thomas is a really sharp student. She had a hard luck tale, but she got herself up and going. I respect that." He also says that the ceremony provides an opportunity for reflection for the small animal practitioner from Willits. "It's a day to remember my friend."
Several new scholarships reflect this meaningful tradition:
§ The Hangtown Kennel Club Memorial Scholarship, Placerville, CA, honors deceased members of a breed club and encourages involvement in breed-related activities
§ The Dr. C.J.E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship, remembers a DVM graduate of the Class of 1956.
§ The "Nelly" Tribute Scholarship recognizes clinical proficiency in emergency medicine and honors a former patient, a border collie named Nelly
§ The Dr. Jacob Traum Award, named for a founding faculty member, emphasizes accomplishments in microbiology
Breed associations, kennel clubs and corporations also sponsor scholarships to assist needy students or encourage specific career interests.
CLINICAL AND RESEARCH TALENT
At the ceremony, the school recognizes the clinical proficiency of senior students, who spend 48 weeks rotating through the more than 30 services of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Three dozen such awards in 2006 spotlighted students' clinical skills with large animals and small species. They also receive recognition for proficiency in surgery, pathology, radiology, oncology and other veterinary specialties.
Research scholarships foster career interests in the improvement of human and animal health. STAR program leader, Dr. Kent Lloyd, announced that 32 students will receive more than $200,000 in summer research awards. The Veterinary Scientist Training Program fellowships go to potential leaders in academic veterinary medicine.
OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
The school welcomed 32 new members of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, a student organization that promotes high scholarship and advancement of the veterinary profession. The society co-sponsors the Awards Ceremony.
The event concluded with an informal outdoor reception. Guests caught a sneak preview of the school's new classroom building, Gladys Valley Hall, to be dedicated June 15.
The statewide teaching, research and service programs of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine benefit animal health, protect public health and enhance environmental health. Currently, 488 students are enrolled in the four-year, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program.
The Office of Development raises scholarship and fellowship funds for future veterinarians. To learn how you can support veterinary education, please contact the Office of Development, (530) 752-7024.