The CVM awards ceremony on May 28th celebrated a record amount of scholarship money, and it included several new scholarships from friends, old and new.
Long time supporter, and advisory board member, Rebecca Camden, created her second scholarship for the college with proceeds from the sale of her book, Dachshunds of Justice. This scholarship goes to a student who has demonstrated exceptional communication and outreach skills; Erika Akerman, past president of SCAVMA, received the award this year.
Also new this year is the Kermit and Mildred Peterson Scholarship created by their daughters to honor their parents. Kermit Peterson was the Oregon state veterinarian from 1953-1959, and head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine (under the College of Agriculture) from 1959-1970. Laurel Anderson received the award this year.
Frank and Susan Carl are life-long animal lovers, and created the Ben Carl Scholarship in memory of their beloved dog, Ben. This award goes to an Oregon resident and was given to Brittany Graham this year.
The Tualatin Kennel Club has long supported the college through scholarship money, and recently created another scholarship in memory of their founding member, Margaret Copeland. Kelsey Scanlan received the award this year.
Also new this year is the Andres Family Scholarship for students interested in large animal medicine who plan to practice in a rural area. First-year student Daniel Hansen received the award this year.
The OSU Vet Med Class of 1989 created the Lynn Aszman Memorial scholarship. Twenty-one alums created the fund at their 25th reunion, in honor of their classmate who died in 2009. “A reunion seemed like the perfect time to honor her life. What better way than a scholarship?” says Yvonne Wikander. “My goal was to raise $1000. We raised $3600! Now we can offer 3 scholarships in her name. Amazing!” This year’s recipients were Reese Douglas, Kendal Zwang, and Karen Fowler.
Gabriel Wallace received the Otto and Helga Spring scholarship for her good grades and interest in alternative medicine. Each year, the award goes to a second-year student who is an Oregon resident.
A big ‘Thank You’ to all our scholarship donors. In the United States, the average veterinary student graduates with about $150,000 of debt. Scholarships are critical to helping alleviate some of that burden.