Four Ohio State University students are among the 54 veterinary students from around the world who recently received scholarships through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program.
Since 2013, Merck Animal Health has partnered with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) to provide veterinary student scholarships, and MAH is awarding $270,000 in 2020.
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.
The four OSU students are Melanie Bizzarro, Stephanie Dampney, Clint Gasser and Macon Overcast.
“Whether they’re helping to keep pets healthy or aid in ensuring a safe, high-quality protein supply, veterinarians play a critical role not only within the animal health industry, but also within society,” says Scott Bormann, senior vice president, North America, MAH. “As part of our ongoing commitment to the veterinary profession, those of us at Merck Animal Health are proud to support these students in their educational pursuits and look forward to the impact they will make to help us advance ‘The Science of Healthier Animals.’”
The AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, has supported veterinary students for more than five decades.
“The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is proud to partner again this year with Merck Animal Health in recognizing exceptional veterinary students through much-needed educational scholarships,” says Dr. Karen Davis, chair, AVMF board of advisers.
Award recipients from U.S. and international veterinary schools accredited through the AVMA were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership and area of interest within the profession.