Scholarships & Awards

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The Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine awards scholarships and awards annually to veterinary medicine students based on a variety of criteria including academic achievement, financial need, clinical proficiency, leadership, achievement in specific disciplines and memorial awards.

Current veterinary medicine students are asked to complete an online application each year in order to be eligible for these scholarships.  The PPVM Scholarship Committee determines the recipients based on the criteria of each scholarship.  The scholarships awarded will be applied to the following academic year's tuition.

Anatomy Award -- certificate
For outstanding proficiency in the first-year anatomy course.

Award for Academic Excellence -- certificate
Presented to first- and second-year student(s) in recognition of dedication and exceptional efforts in achieving the highest overall grade point average in their class.

Willis and Dolores Armbrust Scholarship -- amount varies
This scholarship was established in honor of the late Willis and Dolores Armbrust. Recipients are selected for their achievements at UNL and interest in large animal medicine with an emphasis on bovine production medicine.

Willis Armbrust Memorial Dairy Veterinary Student Scholarship--amount varies
Established in honor of the late Willis and Dolores Armbrust. Recipients of this scholarship are selected for their achievements at UNL and interest in dairy medicine.

Thomas J. Aron and Lucille Beals Aron Memorial Scholarship -- amount varies
This scholarship was created to honor the Thomas J. and Lucille Beals Aron family and their desire to benefit companion animals. It is awarded to a student who has expressed an interest in shelter medicine.

Janet Beachler Scholarship -- amount varies
Janet Beachler Day was an alumna of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and studied agricultural sciences. She established this scholarship because she once considered becoming a veterinarian and wanted to help those who will one day become veterinarians. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 with preference to Block and Bridle members.

Coal, Topaz, Onyx, Beryl and Touhy Memorial Scholarships -- $500 per scholarship
These scholarships are named in honor of Dr. Ed Harvey and Carol Rogers’ dogs: Coal, Topaz, Onyx, Beryl and Touhy. These scholarships are awarded to Nebraska high school graduates who plan to pursue a veterinary career working with companion animals.

Earl O. Dickinson Veterinary Student Award of Merit -- $500 minimum
Awarded to a student that has demonstrated honesty, dedication, dependability, congeniality and hard work; elected by the second-year student body.

Kurt and Sarah Gauger Scholarship -- amount varies
Established to support and encourage students who have overcome obstacles to pursue a veterinary medicine career. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; preference given to those with demonstrated financial need.

Chad M. Johannes, DVM Scholarship -- $1,250
Established by Chad M. Johannes, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM, Oncology) to help support a student in the PPVM program who is interested in small animal internal medicine and/or oncology.  Dr. Johannes received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BS in Veterinary Science, 1993) and his DVM degree from Kansas State University (1997).  Dr. Johannes completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University (1998), a small animal internal medicine residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia (2002) and a residency in medical oncology at North Carolina State University (2013).  His industry experience includes former Medical Director at Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. and coordination of the launch of Palladia®, the first FDA-approved veterinary cancer therapeutic, during his time with Pfizer.  Dr. Johannes’s practice experience includes primary care, specialty care and academic settings. Dr. Johannes is currently the director of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center.

Ron H. May-Pumphrey DVM Scholarship -- amount varies
This scholarship is awarded annually to a PPVM student with a demonstrated interest in small-animal surgery and/or surgical oncology.

Olson Bros. Foundation Scholarship -- amount varies
This scholarship is awarded to Nebraska high school graduates who plan to return to Nebraska following graduation. In addition, scholarship recipients are selected for their interest in large animal medicine, financial need, and/or good character.

Dr. Gary P. Rupp Beef Cattle Production Management Scholarship -- amount varies
Dr. Rupp enjoyed a distinguished career in veterinary medicine and beef cattle reproduction. His areas of expertise included beef cattle herd health/ production management, theriogenology and nutrition. This scholarship is awarded to students interested in a career in beef animal production.

Norman R. Schneider, DVM Memorial Scholarship -- amount varies
Presented to a student in recognition of demonstrated honesty, dedication, dependability, congeniality and hard work.

Dr. Kathleen J. Wittler DVM Scholarship -- amount varies
This scholarship assists students with financial need and is awarded to graduates of Southeast or South Central Nebraska high schools.

The Charles William Yount Educational Award in Veterinary Medicine-- amount varies
This award recognizes UNL pre-vet or veterinary students who have demonstrated scholarly strength and an interest in large animal practice.

Fellowship

J.J. and Eleanor Ogle Fellowship -- $5,000
This fellowship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic performance, financial need, the intention to return to Nebraska following graduation, the intention to practice in a geographical or professional area of need, the ability to contribute to the diversity of the PPVM class or the veterinary profession and/or the ability to overcome unique hardships to pursue a veterinary career.