Scholarships & Awards

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. Scholarships awarded may vary based upon fund availability.

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

Award for Academic Excellence
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
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
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.

Janet Beachler Scholarship
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
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
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
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.

Carolyn Hanish Scholarship
Established by the PPVM Class of 2022, this scholarship recognizes and honors Carolyn's continuing dedication to veterinary medicine and her perseverance. After Carolyn sustained lifelong injuries following a car accident, she had to modify her dream of becoming a DVM. This scholarship is one way that Carolyn continues to be involved in veterinary medicine and support the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. This scholarship supports students who have faced hardships prior to or during veterinary school and have demonstrated a high level of leadership experiences.

Chad M. Johannes, DVM Scholarship
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
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
This scholarship is awarded to PPVM students who plan to return to Nebraska following graduation. In addition, scholarship recipients are selected for their interest in large animal or mixed animal medicine, financial need, and/or good character.

Dr. Gary P. Rupp Beef Cattle Production Management Scholarship
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
Presented to a student in recognition of demonstrated honesty, dedication, dependability, congeniality and hard work.

Dr. Kathleen J. Wittler DVM Scholarship
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
This award recognizes UNL pre-vet or veterinary students who have demonstrated scholarly strength and an interest in large animal practice.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarships
Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA)
American Veterinary Medical Association/American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMA/AVMF)
Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA)