SVM Scholarships and Awards

Student Loan Funds(directly through FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Students interested in the following two loan programs may obtain information and applications from the LSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Aid.

Scholarships Administered by LSU SVM

The scholarships and awards listed here are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, character, and citizenship. Normally, scholarship stipends are paid one-half during the fall semester and one-half during the spring semester. Students are given an opportunity to apply for scholarships in the fall semester. Awards are announced in the spring.
Important Notice - You must be officially accepted into the DVM program before you can apply to any of the scholarships administered by the LSU SVM. The SVM scholarships listed below are NOT available to first year DVM students - only second-, third- and fourth-year DVM students. First-year DVM students cannot apply for any of these scholarships. 

Students interested in the scholarships below may obtain information and applications directly from the LSU SVM Office of Veterinary Education and Student Affairs. Contact Stephanie Johnson for more information at (225) 578-9537.

 

Awards for Years I-III

Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary Scholarship: A scholarship is administered to a veterinary student who is a resident of Arkansas and in good academic standing.

Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship: The Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation presents nine scholarships, based on financial need and academic achievement, to Arkansas high school graduates in Years I-III.

*Audrey Engelhart Scholarship in Shelter Medicine: This scholarship will be awarded to a student on a full-time basis as a Year III Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine candidate with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher who have demonstrated proficiency in shelter medicine and/or have demonstrated through externships or extracurricular experience a strong interest to enter into shelter medicine practice.

*Audrey Engelhart Scholarship: A scholarship is given to a student in Years I, II or III who has demonstrated academic excellence and has financial need.

*Auxiliary to the LSU Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship: An award is presented to a student in Years I-III who has proven an ability to balance academic and community activities.

*Baton Rouge Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Scholarship: A scholarship is awarded to a Louisiana high school graduate in Years I-III based on scholastic ability, financial need, and activities.

Bayer Excellence in Communication Award: This award will be funded by Bayer HealthCare LC Animal Health with the understanding that LSU will award the funds to a veterinary student, chosen by faculty, who demonstrated strong communication skills.

*Bayou Kennel Club, Inc. Scholarship: One scholarship is presented to a Northeast Louisiana high school graduate based on scholastic ability, financial need, and activities.

*Ben Greene “Make a Difference” Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a Year III or IV student who has demonstrated a special interest in large animal medicine, has participated in activities that develop leadership, citizenship, and character and has made a significant difference to their classmates, instructors, or community.

Bill Pollock Memorial Award: An award is presented to a Year II, III or IV student based on scholarship and participation in school and student activities.

*Brenda F. Banks Memorial Award: An award is presented in memory of Mrs. Brenda and Dr. William Banks to a nontraditional female student in good standing based on financial need.

*Calcasieu Kennel Club Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a resident of the Old Imperial Calcasieu Parish based on scholastic ability and financial need.

*Catherine M. Landry and Daniel Gillane Feline Studies Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a student in Years I-III who has demonstrated an interest through study and/or research in feline medicine or diseases. Special consideration is given to students from the Acadiana area of Louisiana.

*Changaram Kumarath Sankunny Memorial Award in Veterinary Pharmacology: An award is given to a Year II student with a special interest in research who excels in pharmacology, as selected by the faculty of the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences.

*Dean Peter F. Haynes Equine Award : An award is presented to an incoming Year III or Year IV student who has excelled in clinical surgery and medicine and has shown a special interest in clinical equine research, as judged by the EHSP faculty. The award will also be based on participation in equine activities and their leadership, citizenship and character.

Dr. Carrie Washburn Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a Year I-III student who has experienced a medical hardship during veterinary school through which they persevered.

*Dr. Daniel J. Hillman Scholarship: In honor of Dr. Daniel Hillman and his service to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, two scholarship are given to Year I students.

*Dr. Herbert C. Berger Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a Year I student who has excelled academically, who has shown an interest in small animal medicine, and who exhibits the qualities of responsibility, professionalism, and leadership.

Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award: The Western Veterinary Conference recognizes Year II student leaders for promoting lifelong professional service with an award and complimentary registration to WVC.

*Dr. K.C. Toups Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is awarded to an entering Year IV student enrolled in a farm animal or mixed animal concentration who plans to practice in Louisiana to assist with expenses incurred in pursuing farm animal externship or special topics experiences. The student’s name is also engraved on a plaque in the veterinary school.

Dr. Kim Michels Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a Year III student based on service to the community as exemplified by Dr. Michels’ hard work, compassion and willingness to help others. Dr. Michels practiced veterinary medicine in the New Orleans area and was staff veterinarian at the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter in Harahan. She was very involved in local, state, and national veterinary associations, developing programs that benefited people and their pets.

*Dr. Steven D. Everson and Dr. Bradley S. Everson Honorary Endowed Scholarship: This $125,000 privately funded scholarship honoring Drs. Steven and Bradley Everson (LSU SVM 1979 and 2005) was matched by the Louisiana Board of Regents with an additional $80,000, creating a $205,000 endowment. The annual interest earned from this endowment allows the LSU SVM to present a scholarship to two students in Years I-III based on financial need and scholastic aptitude.

Hickory Small Animal Hospital Award: An award is presented to a Year III student that plans to practice in Louisiana, excels in small animal medicine, displays excellent leadership, education, and serves with an entrepreneurial nature and shows an aptitude and interest in improving veterinary medicine.

*Hill’s Pet Nutrition Service Scholarship: A scholarship is awarded to a student in Years I-III based on leadership, character, and contributions to the School of Veterinary Medicine.

*John D. Rhoades Leadership Scholarship: A scholarship and certificate are presented to a Year III student who has expressed concern and compassion to their fellow students, promotes professionalism and citizenship among students, and is an active leader of the student body. The name of the recipient will appear on a plaque to be permanently displayed in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

*Louisiana Academy of Veterinary Practice Companion Animal Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a student in Year III who has achieved academically and has demonstrated an interest and proficiency in companion animal medicine and surgery through participation in related activities and events.

LSU SCAVMA Aesculapian Award: Recipient must be a full time student at the SVM.

LSU SCAVMA Pet Fare: A scholarship is awarded to a Year I, II, or III student, awarded based on financial need, scholastic ability and participation in the school’s activities.

*LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1984 Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a Year I student who shows strong compassion and caring to animals, fellow classmates and the community. This scholarship goes to an individual who excels academically and also stands out as an all-around good person and member of society.

LSU SVM Equine Health Studies Program Scholarship: One scholarship is presented to an active member of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in Years I-III who has demonstrated an interest in equine medicine through participation in activities and events involving the equine industry and the SVM Equine Health Studies Program.

*M. Darnell Besch and Dr. Everett Besch Scholarship: Two scholarships are given to deserving Year III students who have financial need, are active in SCAVMA and present a positive attitude toward veterinary medicine.

*Margaret Lucille Thomas Taylor Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a student in Years I-III based on scholarship, financial need, and participation in activities that develop responsibility, leadership, citizenship, and professionalism.

Merck Animal Health: This scholarship awards 54 veterinary students nationwide in Years II and III who are pursuing careers in companion animal or large animal medicine.

Nestlé Purina Award for Excellence in Companion Animal Nutrition: A scholarship is awarded to a Year III student based on academic achievements, collegiality, a strong interest in nutrition and physiology, and financial need.

Nestlé Purina Business Management Award: An award is presented by Nestlé Purina to a Year III and IV student who demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit and an aptitude for business management and innovation.

Nestlé Purina Award for Minority: This scholarship is for students who identify with a racial minority currently enrolled in Years I, II, or III who promotes cultural inclusion, mutual respect, and trust among members of the community of students, faculty, and staff.

Northwest Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship: A scholarship is awarded to a Year I veterinary student from north Louisiana.

*Opal Christiansen Memorial Scholarship: Two scholarships are presented to Arkansas high school graduates in Years I-III who intend to return to Arkansas to practice veterinary medicine.

Open House Award of Appreciation: An award each is presented to the Year III co-chairs of the annual Open House in appreciation of the extraordinary effort these students give on behalf of this event.

*Peri Tümay, DVM, Memorial Fellowship: In memory of Dr. Peri Tümay, a 1996 graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, a fellowship is awarded to a female student entering Year III, who has exhibited academic excellence and who is in the top 5 percent of her class. The name of the recipient will appear on a plaque to be permanently displayed in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

*Perry B. LeCates, Sr. Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is awarded to a student in Years I-III based on scholastic ability, activities, financial need, and special interest in farm animal medicine.

Pet Smart Charities Shelter Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a Year II or III student showing interest and aptitude to pursue a career in shelter medicine.

Pet Star Customer Service Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a Year II or III student exhibiting strong customer service skills in providing quality care to clients of the school.

*Planche Mike the Tiger Caregiver Scholarship: A scholarship is awarded to support full-time Year III or Year IV students enrolled in the School of Veterinary Medicine who are caretakers for LSU’s live tiger mascot.

*Robert Lorio Children Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is awarded to a Louisiana high school graduate based on scholastic ability, financial need, and activities.

*Salsbury Scholarship: Thirteen scholarships are awarded to Year III students based on scholastic ability, initiative, perseverance, leadership potential, and financial need.

*Sheri Ellen Cole Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a veterinary medical student based on financial need.

Shreveport Kennel Club-N.W. LA Veterinary Medicine Scholarship: Scholarship awarded to a Louisiana High School graduate from Northwest Louisiana, boundaries to be Natchitoches to the South, Minden to the East. Fulltime student entering Year II, III or IV, or above.

Simmons and Associates Award: An award is presented by Simmons and Associates to a Year III student who has demonstrated a keen interest, measurable aptitude, and pursuit of excellence in the business of veterinary medicine.

The Doctor Michael G. Groves Award: In honor of Dean Mike Groves’ exemplary veterinary medical career and of his humanity and leadership in the wake of the 2005 hurricanes, a scholarship is presented to three students entering Years II-IV. The recipients have demonstrated compassionate regard for the human-animal bond; strong scholarly interest in shelter medicine and community service; good interpersonal skills; commitment to professional excellence; and intent to practice in Louisiana. A gift to the Spirit of Veterinary Medicine Hurricane Relief Fund also will honor the students, and their names will appear on a plaque to be displayed permanently in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

*The Henry Chester Propes and Mary Wood Propes Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a student in Years I-III based on scholarship, an interest in companion animal medicine, and participation in activities that develop responsibility, leadership, citizenship, and professionalism.

The Robert M. Hammatt Award for Proficiency in Food Animal Medicine: In memory of Dr. Robert M. Hammatt, food animal practitioner from Oakdale, Louisiana, an award based on scholarship, a strong interest in practicing food animal/mixed animal medicine, possession of character, and love of the profession is presented to a student in Years I-III.

Thunderman Memorial Book Fund: Purpose is to provide for textbooks, fees and other assessments for one female veterinary student per year.

Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana Award: An award is presented to students who display an interest in wildlife and conservation, and who are actively involved in the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana activities.

Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship: Eight Year II and Year III students were chosen to receive scholarships based on academic excellence, leadership, diversity, potential contribution in food animal or food safety veterinary medicine, and experience.

ZuPreem Annual Scholarshp: This national scholarship is awarded to a Year I or II student interested in pursuing specialization in one of the fields of exotic animal veterinary medicine.

*Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Student Awards: Awards are presented by the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association to a student from Year II and III, selected by the faculty on the basis of scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, and professional attitude and acumen.

Awards for Year IV

Edward Lloyd Mitchell Memorial Award: The Friends of Edward Lloyd Mitchell present an award to a Year IV student who, as judged by fellow students, is an unselfish, loving person with a deep sense of responsibility to the veterinary profession and to animals. The name of the recipient will appear on a plaque that will be permanently displayed in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Hershey Comeaux Memorial Award of Excellence: This award is presented by the staff of the Small Animal Intensive Care Unit to a Year IV student in recognition of his/her superior technical abilities, unselfish attitude, knowledge, common sense, judgment, and genuine concern and compassion for the patients under his/her care. The name of the recipient will appear on a plaque that will be permanently displayed in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Robert B. Lank, DVM, Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship is presented to a Year III or IV student demonstrating a strong interest in and dedication to food animal medicine.
Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award: The small animal faculty recognizes excellence in companion animal medicine and surgery by awarding certificates of merit to select Year IV students.

Dr. Rickey Broussard Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice Award: An award is presented to a Year IV student who has been “voted/selected” by the clinical faculty as demonstrating a proficiency in clinical skills and practice.

IDEXX Proficiency in Companion Animal Medicine Award: An award is presented by IDEXX to a Year IV student who has excelled in companion animal medicine.

Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Innovation Award: The American Veterinary Foundation presents an award to one outstanding graduating senior at each AVMA-accredited school in the U.S. and Canada. The award is given to a student who is in academic good standing and has demonstrated innovative and/or entrepreneurial creativity leading a project that impacts or inspires others within the veterinary profession.

American College of Veterinary Pathology Award: A certificate is presented to a Year IV student in recognition of outstanding achievement, proficiency and interest in veterinary pathology.

Clinical Pathology Award of Excellence: An award is presented to a Year IV student who displays exceptional proficiency in diagnostic clinical pathology and its practical application to clinical cases.

Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association Clinical Proficiency Award: An award is presented to a Year IV student who, in the opinion of the food animal faculty, demonstrate superior proficiency in both individual animal and herd health aspects of bovine practice.

Boehringer Ingelheim Outstanding Food Animal Student Award: An award and a plaque are presented to a Year IV student who has shown a special interest and proficiency in food animal medicine.

LVMA Equine Clinical Proficiency Award: An award is presented to a Year IV student who is judged by the equine medicine and surgery faculty to be the most proficient in equine medicine and surgery.

M.K. Clucas Equine Scholarship: An award is presented to a full-time Year IV student maintaining a GPA of 3.0 who has demonstrated an interest in the pursuit of an equine medicine practice, with preference given to LA residents. It is the donor’s wish that in the interest of promoting diversity in enrollment, preference be given to minority students who are demographically underrepresented in the SVM. Financial need shall be a consideration.

Texas Equine Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship: Recipients of this scholarship must be full-time senior level students enrolled in the SVM Equine Health Studies Program, who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have demonstrated proficiency in equine medicine or surgery.

Heartland Veterinary Partners Business Award: An award is presented to recognize and reward outstanding DVM students focused not only on the science of veterinary practice but also on the business decision making, responsibilities that seek improved profitability, competitive advantages and long-term success in practice management.

American College of Veterinary Radiology Award: A one-year subscription to the journal, Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, a one-year membership and free registration to an ACVR conference are presented to a Year IV student who is judged by the radiology faculty to excel in clinical radiology and to display outstanding enthusiasm and understanding in diagnostic and therapeutic radiology.

American Association of Feline Practitioners Proficiency Award: One year of free membership in the American Association of Feline Practitioners are given to a Year IV student who has demonstrated a special interest and proficiency in feline medicine and surgery.

American College of Veterinary Surgeons Proficiency Award: The American College of Veterinary Surgeons presents a certificate and a 12-month subscription to Veterinary Surgery to two Year IV students who have demonstrated academic and clinical proficiency in companion animal and large animal surgery, respectively.

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Award: A one-year subscription to the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal is awarded to a Year IV student who demonstrates the greatest proficiency in veterinary ophthalmology.

Kaytee Outstanding Senior Award in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine: An award is presented by the faculty of the bird, zoo, and exotic animal medicine service to the Year IV student who demonstrates the greatest proficiency in avian and exotic animal medicine.

Nutramax Companion Animal Award: A plaque and an award are presented to a Year IV student demonstrating excellence in companion animal medicine and surgery, as judged by the small animal faculty.

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical Excellence: A certificate is presented to two students who demonstrate proficiency in small animal medicine and one student who demonstrates proficiency in large animal medicine, and who all exhibit a sincere interest in internal medicine, possess outstanding didactic and clinical skills in internal medicine, and emulate the mission of the ACVIM.

Dechra Award for Excellence in Dermatology: An award is presented by Dechra Veterinary Products to a Year IV student who demonstrates a high level of clinical proficiency in veterinary dermatology.

American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology Award: An award, a certificate and a two-year membership in the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology are awarded to a Year IV student for enthusiasm for and an understanding of diagnostic and clinical dermatology.

Robert Rosenthall Senior Student Award for Proficiency in Clinical Oncology: A certificate, a one-year membership in VCS and registration to a VCS annual conference are presented to a Year IV student deemed to have an outstanding aptitude for and competence in the diagnosis, treatment, and general care of animals affected by malignant disease.

Oncology Certificates of Merit: The oncology faculty recognizes excellence in oncology by awarding certificates of merit to select Year IV students.

VECCS Award for Proficiency in Emergency & Critical Care: An award, a one-year membership in the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and a certificate are presented to a Year IV student who has demonstrated excellence in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine.

Boehringer-Ingelheim Community Practice Award: An award is presented to a Year IV student who has demonstrated enthusiasm for and proficiency in community practice.

Theriogenology Clinical Proficiency Award: An award is presented to a Year IV student who demonstrates an exceptional level of clinical proficiency in veterinary theriogenology.

LSU Animal Sterilization Assistance and Cat Haven Award: Awards are presented to Year IV students who have consistently volunteered to help with spay day and whose time and efforts contributed significantly to the success of spay day.

Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Outstanding Student Award: One award is presented by the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation to the top Year IV students from Arkansas based on academic performance and leadership potential.

Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Student Awards: An award is presented by the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association to a student from Years IV who is selected by the faculty on the basis of scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, and professional attitude and acumen.

Awards marked with asterisks (*) are funded through the LSU Foundation.