The American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation and Merck Animal Health are now receiving applications for the AASVF-Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Ten $5000 scholarships will be awarded to sophomore and junior veterinary students in 2020. Now in its fifth year, the program seeks to identify future swine veterinarians and assist with their educational expenses. Applications are due Dec. 31 for the scholarships that will be announced at the 2020 AASV Annual Meeting in March.
Second- and third-year veterinary students enrolled in AVMA-accredited or -recognized colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America or the Caribbean Islands are eligible to apply. All applicants must be current (2019-20) student members of AASV. Students who have previously been awarded one of the scholarships are not eligible to reapply.
To apply, students submit a resume and the name of a faculty member or AASV member to serve as a reference, along with written answers to four essay questions.
A committee of four conducts the selection process. Two AASV Foundation board members and two AASV members-at-large rank the applicants by scoring their past and current activities, level of interest in swine veterinary medicine, future career plans and financial need. The scholarship recipients will be announced during the 2020 AASV Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. and the scholarship funds will be disbursed after the conference.
The AASVF-Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program is part of how Merck Animal Health and the AASV Foundation fulfill a shared mission of “supporting the development and scholarship of students and veterinarians.”