Scholarship Program Helps Future Equine Veterinarians

Thirty-four veterinary students pursuing a career in equine medicine have received financial support through the 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 program intends to help ease the financial burden of a veterinary education by providing fourth-year students at each of the AAEP’s 36 student chapters in North America with scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the needs of the individual student. Students are nominated from each chapter and selected for scholarships based on their leadership roles and dedication to a future in equine health care.

“The financial realities of a veterinary education can impede a career in equine medicine,” said AAEP Foundation Chairman Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ECVS. “The Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program is an important source of assistance to some of the best and brightest students as they prepare to embark upon their equine veterinary careers.”

Platinum Performance President Mark Herthel added, “These bright young students will be on the forefront of the next generation of equine healthcare. We are proud to support the future of veterinary medicine.”

In addition to the $1,500 guaranteed scholarship, 22 Winner’s Circle scholarship recipients as well as 24 additional applicants were eligible for an additional $4,000 in scholarship funds from a federal matching grant that the Race for Education received from the Assets for Independence program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

Since its establishment in 2008, the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program has provided $798,500 to 194 veterinary students bound for careers in equine medicine.

The 2013 recipients include:

  • Sara Alfano, University of Pennsylvania
  • Amy Ayers, University of Saskatchewan
  • Rosemary Bayless, Kansas State University
  • Marilyn Boyd, University of Tennessee
  • Kaitrin Branning, North Carolina State University
  • Lynn Brockway, University of Missouri
  • Julia Brooks, University of Illinois
  • Jennifer Drew, Oregon State University
  • Carli Grimbleby, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Kathleen Hall, Washington State University
  • Jacob Jensen, Purdue University
  • Kathryn Livesey, University of Wisconsin
  • Tessa Lumley, Tufts University
  • Elise Madara, Louisiana State University
  • Caitlin Manring, Ohio State University
  • Marianne Marshall, Colorado State University
  • Kelly McGowan, University of Florida
  • Danielle Miller-Boster, Mississippi State University
  • Lisa Millican, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Richelle Neundorf, University of Guelph
  • Leah Northfield, University of Montreal
  • Joseph Pluhar, Texas A&M University
  • Lauren Ray, Tuskegee University
  • Elizabeth Reidy, Auburn University
  • Sarah Schmoke, Ross University
  • Audrey Seling, St. George’s University
  • Sara Lynn Specht, University of California-Davis
  • Eiry Spence, University of Calgary
  • Daniel Thomsen, Iowa State University
  • Riley Traywick, Virginia Tech
  • Aimee Vaughn, University of Georgia
  • Kami Vickerman, University of Minnesota
  • Brooke Wilson-Zaja, Cornell University
  • Whitney Zoll, Michigan State University


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