It’s no secret that a veterinary education is expensive and many students begin their veterinary career with significant debt. The awarding of approximately $250,000 in scholarships on Tuesday, May 15th in a ceremony at the OSU Alumni Center ballroom, helped ease the financial burden for many students and allowed CVM to recognize and celebrate their excellence. In a separate process, another $110,000 in need-based awards were also given.
The criteria for selecting award recipients ranged from academic performance and leadership skills to interests in specific areas of veterinary service. Many of the generous sponsors and benefactors who provided the scholarships were on hand to meet the students and present the awards. Several gave moving and inspiring speeches about the veterinary profession.
Charley Bentz of Emerald Dog Obedience Club presented his organization’s scholarship and spoke to the students on the value of veterinarians in our lives. George Lamont presented a scholarship created in honor of his parents, Creston and Dorothea Lamont and spoke on the importance of veterinarians in agricultural science.
Dr. Joe Snyder presented a scholarship in honor of Dr. Robert Bailey and spoke about the rewards of mixed-animal practice. He and his wife Jane are long-time mentors of CVM students and graduates and created the Joe and Jane Snyder Senior Awards that recognize the most polite, thoughtful, and cooperative student chosen by the college staff, and the most helpful student chosen by their classmates.
Dr. Lisa Metcalf, President of the NW Equine Practitioners Association, presented her organization’s award and spoke about their simple beginnings and the many service projects they now take on. She encouraged students to become involved when they graduate.
Jim and Carole Bradford joined Dr. Mike Huber in presenting the Carolina Cabaret Memorial Scholarship created in honor of their beloved Morgan stallion. Mr. Bradford spoke movingly about their long friendship with the Veterinary Teaching Hospital clinicians and staff.
These are just a few of the many angels whose generous donations help educate the next generation of top-notch veterinary professionals at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Complete list of 2012 scholarship awardees.