Veterinary students chosen for American Veterinary Medical Foundation scholarships
Friday, March 1, 2019
Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine recipients of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship are, from left, Katya Luckenbach, Rebecca Tomasek, Danielle Pickering and Katelyn Guill-Sanchez. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — Four Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine students are recipients of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. AVMA stands for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Receiving the $1,000 scholarship are Danielle Pickering, third-year veterinary medicine student, Los Angeles, California; Rebecca Tomasek, second-year veterinary medicine student, China, Michigan; Katelyn Guill-Sanchez, third-year veterinary medicine student, Hudson, New Hampshire; and Katya Luckenbach, second-year veterinary medicine student, Woxall, Pennsylvania.
"I am so excited to receive this award for the second year in a row,” Guill-Sanchez said. "This scholarship has provided wonderful mentorship opportunities to allow me to expand my large animal experience and has taken off a considerable amount of financial pressure as I approach my fourth year."
"This scholarship will help me relieve some of the financial burden of veterinary school as I pursue a career in small animal or mixed medicine and eventually a doctorate," Pickering said.
The scholarships are awarded to students at each of the 32 American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited veterinary colleges in the United States, the Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada and St. George's University and Ross University in the Caribbean to support their educational endeavors.
"As a veterinary student who is interested in public health and international veterinary medicine, I am always looking for educational opportunities to travel to other countries to experience what the field of veterinary medicine is like in them," Luckenbach said. "Being an out-of-state student at my university, it is hard to justify borrowing extra money for electives that involve international travel, so having the privilege of being awarded this scholarship will help to fund my upcoming international veterinary tours elective."
"This scholarship reinforces the importance of participating in organized veterinary medicine, servant leadership and supporting the community while pursuing my career goals," Tomasek said. "I am incredibly grateful to have received this scholarship."
The Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship is offered through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The foundation is committed to helping offset the cost of veterinary medical education.