The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and Merck Animal Health have awarded scholarships to 34 veterinary students from around the world.

Through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program, the selected second- and third-year students pursuing careers in companion animal or large animal medicine will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to support their educational endeavors.

Award recipients from AVMA-accredited U.S. and international veterinary schools were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership, and area of interest within the profession. The 2017 scholarship recipients are:

  • Sharmin Akter, Bangladesh Agricultural University 
  • Bryle Jansen Albao, University of the Philippines
  • Kayla Alexander, Mississippi State University 
  • Erin Beasley, North Carolina State University
  • Sandra Bernal, University of the Philippines 
  • Nitol Chandra Das, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Ericka Datuin, University of the Philippines
  • Syeda Munira Dilshad, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Katie Dirsmith, Colorado State University
  • Laura Eckstrand, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Shakera Fudge, Tuskegee University
  • Jill Grogan, Michigan State University
  • Rachel Hilliard, Cornell University
  • Kelly Hood, North Carolina State University
  • Nazmul Hossain, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Claire Hovenga, Colorado State University 
  • Zahidul Islam, Bangladesh Agricultural University 
  • Sohaila Jafarian, Kansas State University
  • Khali Jones, Tuskegee University
  • Lisa Jones, Cornell University
  • Enif Ledesma, University of the Philippines
  • Leslie Lundewall, Purdue University
  • Rachel Madenjian, Tufts University
  • Kristen Malinak, North Carolina State University
  • Imma Mangubat, University of the Philippines 
  • Kristy Meadows, Tufts University
  • Ananta Paul, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Gwen Roy, University of Saskatchewan
  • Rahima Akther Ruma, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Jenna Scott, North Carolina State University
  • Brent Sexton, Iowa State University 
  • Amanda Stump, The Ohio State University
  • Sudipat Talukder, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Shamsunnaher Yesmin, Bangladesh Agricultural University

“We know that the cost of veterinary education can be a challenge, but want to encourage talented students to pursue their dreams,” said Scott Bormann, Merck Animal Health-North America vice president. “We’re honored to support these recipients, as the work they do throughout their careers will have an important impact on the animal health industry, helping to advance the medical care of both companion and large animals.”

The AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, has supported veterinary students for more than five decades.

“The AVMF helps ensure the future of veterinary medicine by identifying and supporting outstanding students,” said Debborah Harp, CFRE, AVMF executive director. “We are honored to partner with Merck Animal Health in providing these scholarship opportunities.”