Dean Bennie Osburn welcomed more than 50 special guests at the school's annual awards ceremony May 12 and announced 11 new awards in the scholarship program.
The additional $50,000 brings total scholarship funding to more than $1.75 million. "In this economic climate," Osburn said, "students welcome this support as they strive to pay their way through school."
Specific scholarships help students find the way to the right career path for themselves, the dean added. "These funds also make it possible for our students to gain research experience, explore new opportunities in the profession, and support their externship experiences." A need-based campus grant program enhances the school's private scholarship program.
Scholarships range from memorials to family members and tributes to special animal companions to awards for proficiency in clinic skills. Awards also recognize academic achievement, encourage specialized career interests and take into account special circumstances such as a student's work and family situation.
Veterinary scholarship money comes from individual donors, associations, specialty colleges, corporations, breed clubs and others. Several awards came from veterinary organizations, including the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Association of Women Veterinarians, the Association of Multicultural Veterinarians, and both the Sacramento and San Francisco veterinary medical associations. The California Veterinary Medical Association's auxiliary, continuing education and foundation groups also provided support. The CVMA Foundation scholarship for a student who has shown outstanding service at an animal shelter or during emergency response is a new award.
Among the other new scholarships this year are the Class of 1991 scholarships (2), the John Francis Farrell scholarships for students with small animal interest, and a leadership award from the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Hill's Pet Nutrition.
The awards ceremony is hosted in part by Phi Zeta, the national honor society for veterinary medicine, which named its newest members. Studentrepresentatives from each class also took the opportunity to recognize their favorite teachers and staff members at the event.
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