AASVF - Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship Program (2020)

The AASVF-Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship Program seeks to identify and assist future swine veterinarians with their educational expenses. Merck Animal Health has provided $50,000 to enable the AASV Foundation to award a $5000 scholarship to each of TEN veterinary students in 2020.

Second- and third-year veterinary students enrolled in AVMA-accredited or -recognized colleges of veterinary medicine in the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean Islands are eligible to apply for one of the ten $5000 scholarships to be awarded. All applicants must be current (2019-20) student members of AASV. Students who have previously been awarded one of the scholarships are not eligible to reapply. Each applicant is required to submit a resume, the name of a faculty member or a member of the AASV to serve as a reference, and to answer four essay questions. Applications for the scholarships to be awarded in 2020 are due December 31, 2019.

To apply, submit the following:

1) AASVF-Merck Application:

  • Do NOT open and complete the form in your web browser; it won't work! Instead, download and save the application form; then open it with Adobe Reader (version 8 or later) before filling in the blanks. Use "Save As" from within Adobe Reader to save the completed form as "YourLastname_Firstname_MERCK" (Doe_Jane_MERCK)
  • Apple/MAC users: The pdf "preview" application in Mac OS does NOT work (the text you enter is invisible when we open the file!)

2) Your 1-2 page resume: Save in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format as "YourLastname_Firstname_Resume" (Doe_Jane_RESUME)

Submit the application and resume by email to aasv@aasv.org no later than December 31, 2019. You will receive an email reply within 2 business days to confirm receipt of your application materials.

The selection process will be conducted by a committee of four, including two AASV Foundation Board members and two AASV members-at-large. The applications will be reviewed by the committee members, who will score the responses to each of the four essay questions on a scale of 1 to 10. Scores will be totaled, resulting in a range of 0 to 40 points.

The ten scholarship recipients will be announced during the 2020 AASV Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Previous scholarship recipients are recognized here.