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25 Awesome Animal Rights Scholarships

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Okay, you know that this blog is “Simply for Dogs.” But once in a while, I do step out of my comfort zone, and consider people, and other animals.

I remember back in my college days – I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. Even today, I envy people who do have an idea of where their career path will take them. So this time around, I’d like to do something for people who are just starting out, and who feel that their course in life is going to take them in the direction of doing something for animals – and not just dogs.

So, with that in mind, here is my list of the top 25 animal rights scholarships. If you want to channel your education in a direction that will help you to do good work for animals once you graduate, a little financial help couldn’t hurt. Read on.

1. Kelly Stadler Animal Lovers Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is presented annually. You can be a full time or a part time student who is seeking a degree in veterinary technology. The requirements are financial need, a GPA of at least 3.0, and demonstrated responsibility and ambition in working with animals. Deadline is May 30.

Contact:

Kelly Stadler Animal Lovers Memorial Scholarship

P.O. Box 13489

St. Petersburg, FL 33733

(727) 341-3128

foundation@spcollege.edu

2. Campbell Family Charitable Trust Scholarships

The Campbell Family Charitable Trust works to prevent people from needlessly surrendering pets. $8,500 is available for full time students who are in pre-vet, vet tech or other pet-focused fields. You must be a US citizen with a minimum GPA of 275. Deadline is June 30.

Contact:

Campbell Family Charitable Trust Scholarships

8000 NE Tillamook St.

Portland, OR 97213

(503) 922-5801

info@banfieldcharitabletrust.org

3. Oxbow Animal Health Scholarships

This scholarship can offset your tuition by up to $1000. The scholarship is available to high school seniors, undergrads, and veterinary students. You must demonstrate leadership qualities and an interest in protecting companion animals. Deadline is March 1.

Contact:

Oxbow Animal Health Scholarships

29012 Mill Rd.

Murdock, NE 68407

(402) 867-3222

web@oxbowanimalhealth.com

4. A Voice for Animals Essay Contest Scholarships

This scholarship is available to students ages 16-18 who submit an essay on humane animal treatment. Preference is given to students who have actually participated in an animal welfare project. The deadline is May 31.

Contact:

A Voice for Animals Essay Contest Scholarships

P.O. Box 60715

Palo Alto, CA 94306

(650) 851-8735

contest@hennet.org

5. Arizona National Livestock Show Scholarship Program

If you are a student who has participated in a horse or livestock show in Arizona, this scholarship could provide you with $1500. You will need to have a 2.5 or better GPA, and selection is based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, competence as an animal exhibitor, and your career plans. Deadline is March 15.

Contact:

Arizona National Livestock Show Scholarship Program

1826 West McDowell Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602) 258-8568

rochell@anls.org

6. Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

You need some special skills to qualify for this scholarship, but if you’re a good duck collar, you could end up with $2000. Second place is good for $1000, third for $750, and fourth for $500. Deadline is October 31.

Contact:

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

P.O. Box 1500

Stuttgart, AR 72160

(870) 364-2551

deholt@windstream.net

7. Doris Day Animal Foundation Scholarship

Everyone knows how much Doris Day loves animals, and with this scholarship, she awards various amounts to exceptional veterinary students at the University of Columbia. Preference is given to those who are committed to animal shelters and the welfare of homeless animals. There is no specific deadline.

Contact:

Doris Day Animal Foundation Scholarship

8033 Sunset Blvd. Suite 845

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(530) 752-1001

pjbailey@ucdavis.edu

8. Frances Allen Scholarship Award

This award is specifically for people who are studying fisheries sciences, including fish culture, aquatic biology, limnology, marine engineering or oceanography. You must submit your college transcript and a research proposal along with three letters of recommendation and a current resume. Deadline is March 6.

Contact:

  1. Frances Allen Scholarship Award

5103 Junction Highway

Mountain Home, TX 78058

(830) 866-3356 ext. 211

ggoldberg@fisheries.org

9. International Boar Semen Scholarship Program

Graduating high school students and undergrads can benefit from this scholarship dedicated to research in swine management. The scholarship is worth $500, and requires a 250 word essay. Deadline is June 1.

Contact:

International Boar Semen Scholarship Program

30355 260th St.

Eldora, IA 50627

(641) 939-3411

czeis@piggene.com

10. Jacksonville Herpetological Society Scholarship

This is a scholarship for reptile-lovers. It’s given annually to students who are majoring in amphibian and/or reptile conservation. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0, have put in a minimum of 30 volunteer hours, and must submit a 500-word essay on herpetology. Deadline is March 11.

Contact:

Jacksonville Herpetological Society Scholarship

P.O. Box 37336

Jacksonville, FL 32236

(386) 758-0529

floridacorns@aol.com

11. Kathy Larson Memorial Llama Association Scholarship

This is a $500 award for young people who have llamas and are studying in Michigan. It’s good for any field of study, but you must have a GPA of at least 2.7 and be carrying a course load of at least 12 hours per semester. Deadline is May 31.

Contact:

Kathy Larson Memorial Llama Association Scholarship

10591 Corcoran Rd.

Haslett, MI 48840

(517) 339-1961

onwellerfamily@aol.com

12. Lancaster Kennel Club Veterinary Technician Scholarship

This scholarship is for people who love purebred dogs, and who exhibit them in the Lancaster area. Students who are enrolled in a vet tech program can receive $1000, assuming that they are entering either their second term or their third. Deadline is May 11.

Contact:

Lancaster Kennel Club Veterinary Technician Scholarship

P.O. Box 7511

Lancaster, PA 17604

(717) 685-5268

membership@lancasterkennelclub.org

13. Shaw-Worth Memorial Humane Society Scholarship

This scholarship delivers $2500 per year to students who respect animals and have demonstrated that respect. Preference is given to candidates who have worked in animal rescue and who want to enter a field devoted to animal care. Deadline is March 15.

Contact:

Shaw-Worth Memorial Humane Society Scholarship

2100 L St. NW

Washington, DC 20037

(202) 452-1100

scholarships@humanesociety.org

14. Marcia Brady Tucker Travel Award in Ornithology

This is a scholarship for bird-lovers in doctoral programs, designed to help them further their research. Candidates must submit a research proposal of at least three pages, a recommendation from a mentor, and a current resume. Deadline is May 31.

Contact:

Marcia Brady Tucker Travel Award in Ornithology

5400 Bosque Blvd. Suite 680

Waco, TX 76710

(254) 399-9636

mpruett-jones@aou.org

15. Rachel Fischoff Scholarship for Wildlife Rehabilitation

This is another award for graduate students. Applicants must be studying wildlife conservation, ecology or animal science. The award assists with purchasing materials for study and costs of attending workshops and seminars. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, an essay, and a statement of financial need. Deadline is October 1.

Contact:

Rachel Fischoff Scholarship for Wildlife Rehabilitation

2625 Clearwater Rd. Suite 110

St. Cloud, MN 56301

(320) 230-9920

NWRA@nwrawildlife.org

16. Marshall E. McCullough Scholarship Fund

This award offers anywhere from $1500 to $2500 to seniors graduating high school who plan to pursue a four-year program in animal or dairy science with an emphasis on communication. Deadline is April 15.

Contact:

Marshall E. McCullough Scholarship Fund

P.O. Box 725

Denmark, WI 54208

(920) 863-6333

info@dairyshrine.org

17. Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program

This scholarship is worth $1500, and is available to students who are entering year four of an AVMA-approved program. Applicants must submit an essay (750 words) stating their goals in equine medicine, as well as a transcript of their marks, verification of financial needs, and two letters of recommendation. Deadline is February 14.

Contact:

Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program

1818 Versailles Rd.

Lexington, KY 40504

(859) 252-8648

apply@raceforeducation.org

18. Mary and Leonard Stiles Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is worth $2000 annually to a Texan high school senior who has been involved in ranching or farming. Preference is given to student who will study large animal medicine or agriculture.

Contact:

Mary and Leonard Stiles Memorial Scholarship

1600 Gendy St.

Fort Worth, TX 76107

(817) 332-8551

cattleraisersmuseum@gmail.com

19. L.A.Y. Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

This is a scholarship for students who have demonstrated an ability and a willingness to help animals in need. Applicants must submit an essay (500-1000 words) outlining the efforts that they have made in contributing to animal welfare. Deadline is December 3.

Contact:

P.L.A.Y. Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

246 Second St. Unit A

San Francisco, CA 94105

(855) 300-7529

20. Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarships

To qualify for this scholarship, you must abstain from eating meat (this includes poultry and fish). The reward is outstanding, though – one $10,000 scholarship and two $5000 scholarships to students who promote a vegetarian lifestyle and promise to commit to maintaining such. Deadline is February 20.

Contact:

Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarships

P.O. Box 1463

Baltimore, MD 21203

(410) 366-8343

vrg@vrg.org

21. Elinor McGrath Memorial Veterinary Scholarship

This scholarship is available to women only, who are entering year 1, 2 or 3 of veterinary college in either the United States or the Caribbean. Deadline is May 15.

Contact:

Dr. Elinor McGrath Memorial Veterinary Scholarship

1931 North Meacham Rd.

Schaumburg, IL 60173

(800) 248-2862 ext. 6690

avmfinfo@avma.org

22. American Quarter Horse Foundation Youth Scholarships

This scholarship gives $4,000 over each of four years to high school seniors who have been members of the AQHYA or the AQHA for at least three years. Applicants must have graduated in the top quarter of their class, be proven leaders, and have a 2.5 or higher GPA. Deadline is December 1.

Contact

American Quarter Horse Foundation Youth Scholarships

2601 East Interstate 40

Amarillo, TX 79104

(806) 378-5040

foundation@aqha.org

23. Spurling Scholarships for Responsible Pet Ownership

Every year, the AKC gives out five scholarships worth $10,000 each to grads or undergrads who are involved in any program that involves veterinary medicine or technology, animal care, physical care, animal behavior, training or grooming. Candidates are selected based on how well they do academically, their career goals and their recommendations. Essays are recommended but not required, and the deadline is June 1.

Contact:

John D. Spurling Scholarships for Responsible Pet Ownership

8051 Arco Corporate Drive Suite 100

Raleigh, NC 27617

(919) 233-3390

dxs@akc.org

24. Dannie Jasmine Mule Deer Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by the Mule Deer Foundation, and offers $500 to high school seniors who have contributed in a significant way to blacktail and mule deer conservation and who are enrolled in the University of Nevada’s Environmental and Resource Sciences program full-time. Deadline is June 15.

Contact:

Dannie Jasmine Mule Deer Foundation Scholarship

1005 Terminal Way Suite 170

Reno, NV 89502

(775) 322-3421

chairman@muledeer.org

25. Nicole White and Christopher Vose Memorial Scholarships

This award is presented annually by the Maine Morgan Horse Club. The award is worth $1000 to candidates who have been members of the club for at least two years, and who are under the age of 22. Preferred candidates will be extensively involved with horses, have demonstrated community service and leadership, and have achieved high academic standing. Deadline is May 6.

Contact:

Nicole White and Christopher Vose Memorial Scholarships

10 Sea Grass Farm Rd.

Brunswick, ME 04011

(207) 798-5028

judychamber@gmail.com

So, there you have 25 awesome animal rights scholarships. Even one can help, and if you add them together, you could go a long way to financing our education.

The Final Word

Education doesn’t come cheap. And if you want to work with animals, you’re going to need a lot of very technical training. If I had my life to live over again, I think I would very likely have gone into some type of work with animals. As it is, I’m happy blogging about dogs, but it makes me very happy when I talk to young people and they tell me “I want to make a difference – I want to give my life over to animals.”

You know I’m all about dogs – but other animals need our care and concern as well.  Horses, cattle, pigs, and yes, even snakes! If you’re passionate about animals and want to make them your life’s work, get going on finding the right college, and the right scholarships. I hope this has helped.

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