Thirty-three veterinary students preparing for a career in equine medicine have received a combined $102,000 in financial support through the 2017 Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program, co-sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Foundation, Platinum Performance and The Race For Education.
The Winner’s Circle scholarships, managed by The Race For Education, are intended to help ease the financial burden of a veterinary education by offering third- and fourth-year students at each of the AAEP’s 39 full or full-affiliate student chapters an opportunity to earn scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the needs of the individual student. Students are selected for scholarships based on their leadership roles and dedication to a future in equine healthcare.
Since its establishment in 2008, the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program has provided nearly $1.5 million in scholarships to 315 veterinary students.
“The rising cost of veterinary school continues to present challenges to talented students who endeavor to enter the equine veterinary profession,” said Richard Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, DACVSMR, chairman of the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council. “We are grateful to all of our donors and especially thank our partners The Race For Education and Platinum Performance for all their long-time support.”
In 2017, 18 students received $1,500 scholarships; 15 others received $5,000 scholarships— which includes $4,000 in scholarship funds from The Race For Education’s Assets for Independence Program—a federal grant program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration For Children and Families. Only U.S. students attending veterinary school in the U.S. were eligible for awards through the federal matching grant. An additional 19 applicants not selected for Winner’s Circle scholarships are also eligible to received $4,000 awards through the Race For Education’s Assets For Independence Program.
Congratulations to the following 2017 recipients:
Sarah Appleby, University of Wisconsin
Renee Baumann, Oregon State University
Ana Caruso, Texas A&M University
Amanda Craven, University of Wisconsin
Chloe Evetts, University of Florida
Esther Farber, North Carolina State University
Christina Frost, Washington State University
Devin Gardner, University of Missouri
Melanie Harness, University of Guelph
Olivia Hegedus, Ohio State University
Zachary Hulbert, Auburn University
Katherine Larson, Mississippi State University
Michala Lindley, Washington State University
Caitlin Malik, Louisiana State University
Amy McBirney, University of California Davis
Mariah Melin, University of Minnesota
Logan Metzen, Iowa State University
Allison Mustonen, Purdue University
Haley O’Connell, Ross University
Kirstie Oswald, University of Saskatchewan
Callayn Paul, Michigan State University
Jenetta Porter, Iowa State University
Jessica Quigley, Tuskegee University
Shelbe Rice, University of Georgia
Kaitlyn Rigby, Kansas State University
Rachel Roberson, Auburn University
Allison Salinger, Western University of Health Sciences
Madison Skelton, Midwestern University
Jason Smith, Virginia-Maryland College
Kelsey Stoner, Washington State University
Cally Webster, Ohio State University
Hanum Wensil-Strow, University of Pennsylvania
Emma Winstead, Tufts University
About AAEP Foundation
The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $3.7 million to support its mission. For more information, visit www.aaepfoundation.org.
About The Race For Education
Since its’ inception in 2002, The Race For Education has delivered more than $6 million in scholarships and educational programs. Through academic development programs, tutoring, internships, financial literacy training and scholarships; The Race for Education provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial need and academic challenges. The ultimate goal is to ensure our young people become successful in life and assets to their community. For additional information about The Race for Education, visit www.raceforeducation.org.
About Platinum Performance
Platinum Performance® believes in the power of nutrition and supplementation, and remains committed to providing formulas that produce superior results in the horse. Over the past several decades, Platinum has continued to research the role of nutrition with regards to wellness and performance and is committed to providing equine veterinarians, horse owners and trainers the nutritional tools they need to benefit from cutting edge equine nutrition. Horse Health is the Platinum Performance Mission and we look forward to helping you NOURISH YOUR PASSION. Find more at www.platinumperformance.com.