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For Immediate Release
March 26, 2013
Washington, D.C. March 26, 2013. – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named University of Wisconsin student Samantha McGill of Ellensburg, Wash., as its first recipient of the Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leader Scholarship.
The AAVMC established the scholarship to honor a veterinary student who has made significant contributions to enhancing diversity or inclusion at his or her institution. Samantha, or “Sammi,” is a member of the class of 2014 at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin and a graduate of Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. At Benedict, she broke boundaries by being the only student in the institution’s history to graduate with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian.
McGill has been very involved at the University of Wisconsin, having served in leadership positions in the Gay Straight Veterinary Alliance, Broad Spectrum, and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA). She has participated in a variety of veterinary leadership experiences, and she has designed a curriculum for a veterinary medical mentoring program for underrepresented high school seniors. “Sammi demonstrates a passion for diversity and leadership, and the AAVMC is proud to name her the charter recipient of the Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leader Scholarship,” said Dr. Deborah Kochevar, the AAVMC’s president and dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
The scholarship is named in honor of Patricia M. Lowrie, a long-time champion of diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession who formerly served as director of the Women’s Resource Center and assistant to the dean at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a non-profit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, eight departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, 12 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and three affiliate members. On the Web: http://www.aavmc.org
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