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 scholarships are intended 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. In some cases where a student chapter was not represented in the applicant pool, scholarship funds were re-allocated to additional qualified applicants from other student chapters.

“Veterinary school debt is at an all-time high and can be a real challenge for future equine practitioners,” said AAEP Foundation Chairman Jeff Berk, VMD. “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.”

This year, 18 students received $1,500 scholarships while 16 others received $5,000 scholarships, which included $4,000 in funds from a fe