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Student from Hoyt chosen for American Veterinary Medical Foundation scholarship

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


MANHATTAN — MaRyka Smith, second-year veterinary student, Hoyt, was chosen as Kansas State University's recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. AVMA stands for the American Veterinary Medical Association.

"Being selected for an Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship helps me not only financially but also serves as a reminder that there is an entire community of veterinarians out there who believe in me and want to help me succeed," Smith said. "That sort of moral support from the AVMA/AVMF is unmatched."

The $1,000 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. To be eligible a school must be AVMA-accredited and have an active SAVMA chapter. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

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. Shortly after World War II, the auxiliary started a student loan fund to assist with the hardships facing veterinary families due to injury or death from the war. Despite the tough economic times of that era, the auxiliary was successful in raising money to assist practitioners. The auxiliary's support of the veterinary profession has continued uninterrupted since that time. The foundation is committed to helping offset the cost of veterinary medical education.

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MaRyka Smith

Kansas State University second-year veterinary studentMaRyka Smith has received a $1,000 Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship.

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Joe Montgomery