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K-State Today

April 27, 2018

Veterinary student receives equine medicine scholarship from national organization

By Communications and Marketing

Kate Rigby, a veterinary student at Kansas State University, is now a two-time recipient of a special scholarship for students who want to focus on equine health care.

A veterinary student at Kansas State University is now a two-time recipient of a $1,500 Winner's Circle Scholarship presented by the American Association of Equine Practitioners' Foundation, Platinum Performance and The Race For Education.

Kate Rigby, San Diego, California, was a recipient of this scholarship in 2017 and has just been selected for a 2018 scholarship.

"I am very fortunate to have received this scholarship over the past two years," Rigby said. "Applying the funds directly to the loan amount I have accumulated to reduce the amount of interest and overall principal has proven financially beneficial."

Rigby said that the support of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Platinum Performance has confirmed that equine medicine values veterinary students and has influenced her decision to become involved with the organizations in the future.

"My goal is to become board certified in equine internal medicine, and these scholarships will certainly help me reach my goal of specialization through both financial and educational assistance," Rigby said.

The Winner's Circle scholarships, managed by The Race For Education, are intended to help ease the financial burden of a veterinary education by offering second- and third-year students at each of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 39 full or full-affiliate student chapters an opportunity to earn scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the needs of the individual student. Students are selected for scholarships based on their leadership roles and dedication to a future in equine health care.

The scholarships include funding from the Race For Education's Assets for Independence Program, a federal grant program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration For Children and Families. Only U.S. students attending veterinary school in the U.S. were eligible for awards through the federal matching grant.