Higher education administrators in rural California are making it just a little easier to get into veterinary school.
The College of the Sequoias in cooperation with the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare will award a $50,000 scholarship as part of the college's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program. The scholarship will be for a student pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine at UC Davis who starts his or her education at the College of the Sequoias and participates in the COS Veterinary Technician Program.
The scholarship will be for a five-year period starting in the Fall 2009 semester. The applicant must attend College of the Sequoias and then apply to the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine's four-year DVM degree program.
Prospective students may feel that veterinary school is too expensive or become discouraged upon hearing that applying to veterinary school is a difficult process. The scholarship will provide funds for tuition, books and supplies, work/study and travel. In addition, a faculty mentor will be assigned to help the student with the application process and provide academic guidance on an individual basis. This personal attention assures that the student will receive adequate support to become a competitive applicant. If the recipient does not get into veterinary school, the scholarship will finance further study for a bachelor's degree at UC Davis or other California university.
• Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED from an accredited high school.
• Applicants must be eligible for enrollment into College of the Sequoias.
• Applicant must be enrolled in the COS Vet-Tech program and complete the UC Davis veterinary medicine transfer prerequisite coursework.
• Student must be a full-time student making satisfactory progress each semester to receive scholarship funds.
• Failure to successfully complete a semester’s coursework will make the applicant ineligible to receive scholarship funds in future semesters.
• Student must be a declared transfer student planning to transfer to the University of California, Davis.
• Student must have a minimum of a 3.8 grade point average from all high school coursework and maintain a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average while in the program.
• A student can utilize up to a total of $50,000 over a five-year period. A maximum of $10,000 will be made available while at College of the Sequoias and a maximum of $40,000 while attending UC Davis provided the student is progressing academically.
"Jewel in the Rough"
The veterinary profession suffers from a shortage of practitioners in rural areas such as Tulare County, particularly in the field of dairy medicine. This scholarship is designed to identify a prospective veterinary student at the community college level in this region. It is anticipated that the student's RVT training will also provide adequate hands-on animal experience required for admission into veterinary school. Dr. Jim Cullor, director of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, says, "Members of the scholarship committee hope to identify that jewel in the rough and shepherd him or her through the system."