Amy Kruzich from The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Wins Scholarship Fundraising Award

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2020
–Ms. Amy Kruzich, executive director of development at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges’ (AAVMC) 2020 Award for Fundraising Excellence in Student Scholarships.

The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s scholarship fundraising program was recognized by judges for its creativity, innovation, and substantial improvement.

Iowa State University is amidst a multi-year $1.5 billion capital campaign, which officially ends in June 2021. The veterinary college met its 2020 annual goal of $10 million a full six months ahead of schedule, with approximately 20 percent of that fundraising for student scholarships.

In the fall of 2019, the college distributed just over $1 million in scholarships and, under Kruzich’s leadership, they have set a goal to award $2 million in 2023, including a number of scholarships specifically designated for students from underrepresented backgrounds.

“Student scholarships are a critically important area, especially in the quest to make a veterinary medical education more inclusive,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We’re honored to congratulate Amy and her colleagues for earning this distinction and for the impact their work has on the cost and financing of earning a DVM degree.”

The award is not presented solely on the basis of the total amount of resources generated, or year-over-year increase. Judges consider criteria such as programmatic structure, new and innovative strategies, resources applied and other factors in making their decision.

The AAVMC Board of Directors created the award in 2018 to recognize exceptional performance and inspire higher levels of productivity in this area among member institutions.

The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, a commemorative, and public recognition.


The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.

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