Several scholarship programs are available through the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), with deadlines for applicants coming up this spring.
· The AABP Student Externship Program is a scholarship to enable students with an interest in bovine medicine to use their summers and school breaks to gain experience in the field. Applications for funding are available on the AABP website. The deadline for applications for externships occurring between May 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015 is April 1, 2015.
· AABP Education Grant program will provide grants of $1,000 to incoming senior veterinary students and veterinary graduates who finished within the previous six months, to provide formal advanced training in cattle production.These grants will be awarded to students attending an accredited veterinary college advanced education program or another AABP-approved continuing education endeavor. Applicants must be a member or student member of the AABP. The deadline for applications for the 2015 AABP Education Grants is April 15, 2015.
· Merck Animal Health sponsors the AABP Student Recognition Award. Fifteen awards of $5,000 will be given in 2015. In addition to the amount of the award, Merck Animal Health will also reimburse the award winners for all travel and lodging expenses to the 48th AABP Annual Conference in New Orleans, La., September 17-19, 2015. A full description of the award, the requirements and the selection criteria are available on the AABP website. All application materials must be submitted online by May 31, 2015.
· The AABP Foundation and Zoetis again sponsor the Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Offered to U.S. third-year veterinary students (class of 2016), the scholarship program provides cattle medicine-interested students with $5,000 in financial support to help offset the high cost of veterinary education and helps prepare them for a future in the beef and dairy industries. Recipients also will be eligible to receive reimbursement for travel and housing expenses for the 2015 AABP Annual Conference in New Orleans, La., in September. The scholarship application process will be open from May 1 to June 15, 2015, with the electronic application found online here.
· Cargill Animal Nutrition, in cooperation with the AABP Foundation, will award five $2,000 scholarships to veterinary students in the United States who are currently in their junior year (class of 2016). Applicants should have a strong background and interest in either dairy or beef practice. Application information is available here. Completed applications must be received by June 15, 2015.
· Finally, the Amstutz scholarships are funded jointly by the proceeds from the Amstutz Scholarship Fund and AABP members. In 2014, ten $7,500 scholarships were awarded. Applicants must be student AABP members enrolled in colleges of veterinary medicine in Canada, the United States, Ross University or St. George's University. Applicants must be in their second year (will graduate in 2017) of the veterinary curriculum at the time of application. Completed electronic applications and two electronic letters of reference must be received on the AABP website by May 31, 2015.