Merck Animal Health Diversity Leadership Scholarship
Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship
Nomination Period Opens: November 1, 2023
Nomination Deadline: January 15, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST
About the Scholarships
The Merck Animal Health Diversity Leadership Scholarship
The Merck Animal Health Diversity Leadership Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated a record of contributing to enhancing diversity and inclusion at AAVMC member Institutions. The scholarship honors students who have been consistent champions of addressing inequities and underrepresentation in the veterinary profession, have advocated for social justice, and have advanced valuing diversity and inclusion at AAVMC Member Institutions. Up to 18 scholarships will be awarded; each scholarship will be awarded a one-time payment in the amount of $5,000
The Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship
The Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship also recognizes veterinary students who have demonstrated exemplary promise as future leaders and have made significant contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine. The awardee of the Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship will only be selected from the Merck Animal Health Diversity Leadership Scholarship nominations pool. Each scholarship will be awarded a one-time payment in the amount of $6,000.
Veterinary students must:
- Be a current second- or third-year veterinary student in good standing (e.g. passing all courses, no disciplinary issues) at an AAVMC Member Institution (accredited school or college of veterinary medicine);
- Have a demonstrated record of contributing to enhancing diversity and inclusion through course projects, co-curricular activities, outreach, domestic and community engagement, research, and/or developed an early reputation for influencing others to be inclusive.
- Be nominated by their institution.
Nomination Submission Process
Each AAVMC Institutional Member may nominate one (1) eligible student for the Merck Animal Health Diversity Leadership Scholarship. As noted above, selected scholarship recipients will then be considered for the Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship.
The following materials must be submitted for a nomination to be considered:
- A letter of nomination from the Dean of the school or college.
- A personal statement from the nominee about their diversity efforts and how they intend to continue promoting diversity in veterinary medicine after veterinary school. Essay should not exceed three, type-written, double-spaced pages.
- A copy of the student’s resume or curriculum vitae.
- A current copy of the student’s unofficial transcript.
Scholarship nominations will be primarily evaluated on the documentation of a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in academic veterinary medicine through contributions that may be felt in any area–college, local area or region, state and/or national arenas. Consideration will also be given to academic achievement and the student’s broader community service record. All nominations should have all documentation submitted by January 15th, 2024. Only complete nomination packets will be considered. Institutions may nominate no more than one student for this award.
Recipients of the scholarship will be invited to attend the Annual Conference in April 2024.
Chewy Veterinary Leaders Program
The Chewy Veterinary Leaders Program recognizes third-year veterinary students from underserved groups who have shown an interest in and affinity for growing leadership capabilities. Individuals selected for the program will receive financial assistance as well as resources to support them through their final years of veterinary school and into the next phase of their careers.
15 students will be selected for the first 2024 Chewy Veterinary Leaders cohort and awarded a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years ($10,000 per year), paid directly to the institution. Each AAVMC Institutional Member may nominate one (1) eligible student for the Chewy Veterinary Leaders Program. Qualified students at any AAVMC U.S. institution are eligible to apply.
Materials should be submitted here.
Nomination Period Opens: November 6th, 2023
Nomination Deadline: January 15, 2024 @ 11:59 PM EST
For more information, please contact,
Dr. Lisa Greenhill