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Awards Ceremony Celebrates Student Accomplishments

May 16, 2007

Award CeremoniesFifty special guests joined scholarship recipients and faculty members today at the School of Veterinary Medicine to celebrate the school’s annual Awards Ceremony. Donors and sponsors joined school officials at the podium to disburse 600 awards valued at approximately $1.5 million.

"We are pleased to announce that our 2007 scholarship program includes eight new awards amounting to $11,000 in additional funding this year, " stated Bennie Osburn, dean. "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."

The school’s endowed scholarship fund totals $37 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 $2.6 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. The Frances Park Pillsbury scholarships, for example, support eight students who work while attending veterinary school. One recipient, Jonathan Quan, a first-year student, works nights and weekends at the pharmacy in the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. He listened as veterinarian Alison Pillsbury, Mrs. Pillsbury’s daughter, described why the scholarship and the veterinary profession are important to her. "My mom was my idol. She wanted to be a vet. I got that ‘chore’ and have loved every minute of it. I’m starting to give back. There’s nothing better than being a vet."

Several new scholarships reflect this meaningful tradition:

The Gale Leon Jagels Scholarship, established in memory of Dr. Gale Jagels, a 1991 graduate of the school, is awarded to a first-year student interested in small animal practice. Its first recipient is Dania Villarnovo.

The Dr. Allen Hayrapetian Memorial Summer International Externship honors Hayrepetian’s passions for veterinary medicine and travel and will allow Eline Britz to participate in an international student exchange this summer. Hayrapetian was a member of the Class of 2007. The school will confer his DVM degree posthumously at Commencement June 15.

Award CeremoniesKarl Jandrey and Michael Kent, two faculty members, established a new endowment as a tribute to two of their dogs, Caesar and Lucy. "Basically, all veterinary students train on their own animals. They were with us during veterinary school," said Jandrey. "This seemed like a fitting memorial to them, and the scholarship will ensure that they are continuing to teach, in a way." Kent added, "A huge community of family, friends and clients supported this endowment." The award’s first recipient, Jessica Wade, plans to pursue an academic career in equine physiology.

Breed associations, kennel clubs and corporations also sponsor many scholarships to assist needy students or encourage specific career interests.

CLINICAL AND RESEARCH TALENT

Three dozen clinical proficiency awards spotlighted senior students' skills with large animals and small species. The students also receive recognition for proficiency in surgery, pathology, radiology, oncology and other veterinary specialties.

Dr. Kent Lloyd announced, "The School of Veterinary Medicine encourages students to combine research experience with their veterinary medical education in summer projects and training programs. This summer, the school and other agencies will fund 43 students for $280,000 in summer research awards." In addition, three future leaders in academic veterinary medicine were announced as new fellows in the Veterinary Scientist Training Program: Lisa Wade (mentioned above), Jessica Levine and Kristin Trott.

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Nearly 30 students received the Cordy, Theodora Peigh, Regents’, Arques and other academic scholarships. The school also welcomed 30 new members of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, a student scholars organization that co-sponsors the Awards Ceremony.

The event concluded with each class announcing their "favorite teacher" awards.


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.