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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.
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.
Kelly Stadler Animal Lovers Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 13489
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
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.
Campbell Family Charitable Trust Scholarships
8000 NE Tillamook St.
Portland, OR 97213
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.
Oxbow Animal Health Scholarships
29012 Mill Rd.
Murdock, NE 68407
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.
A Voice for Animals Essay Contest Scholarships
P.O. Box 60715
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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.
Arizona National Livestock Show Scholarship Program
1826 West McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
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.
Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest
P.O. Box 1500
Stuttgart, AR 72160
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.
Doris Day Animal Foundation Scholarship
8033 Sunset Blvd. Suite 845
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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.
5103 Junction Highway
Mountain Home, TX 78058
(830) 866-3356 ext. 211
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.
International Boar Semen Scholarship Program
30355 260th St.
Eldora, IA 50627
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.
Jacksonville Herpetological Society Scholarship
P.O. Box 37336
Jacksonville, FL 32236
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.
Kathy Larson Memorial Llama Association Scholarship
10591 Corcoran Rd.
Haslett, MI 48840
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.
Lancaster Kennel Club Veterinary Technician Scholarship
P.O. Box 7511
Lancaster, PA 17604
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.
Shaw-Worth Memorial Humane Society Scholarship
2100 L St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
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.
Marcia Brady Tucker Travel Award in Ornithology
5400 Bosque Blvd. Suite 680
Waco, TX 76710
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.
Rachel Fischoff Scholarship for Wildlife Rehabilitation
2625 Clearwater Rd. Suite 110
St. Cloud, MN 56301
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.
Marshall E. McCullough Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 725
Denmark, WI 54208
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.
Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program
1818 Versailles Rd.
Lexington, KY 40504
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.
Mary and Leonard Stiles Memorial Scholarship
1600 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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.
P.L.A.Y. Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship
246 Second St. Unit A
San Francisco, CA 94105
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.
Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarships
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
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.
Dr. Elinor McGrath Memorial Veterinary Scholarship
1931 North Meacham Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(800) 248-2862 ext. 6690
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.
American Quarter Horse Foundation Youth Scholarships
2601 East Interstate 40
Amarillo, TX 79104
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.
John D. Spurling Scholarships for Responsible Pet Ownership
8051 Arco Corporate Drive Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617
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.
Dannie Jasmine Mule Deer Foundation Scholarship
1005 Terminal Way Suite 170
Reno, NV 89502
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.
Nicole White and Christopher Vose Memorial Scholarships
10 Sea Grass Farm Rd.
Brunswick, ME 04011
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.
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.