An Evening of Gratitude
In April, the college hosted its second annual Evening of Gratitude event, a special opportunity to express appreciation to those who have generously supported students through scholarship funding.
Educational debt for students aiming to enter the field of veterinary medicine is a concern for veterinary colleges across the nation. In 2018, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students borrowed an average of more than $143,000 over four years. By providing scholarships to these students, donors help alleviate financial burdens and the steep debt-to-income ratio that DVM students face upon graduation.
During the event, more than 20 donors were introduced to the college’s scholarship recipients–students from a multitude of backgrounds who are focusing their studies in a variety of areas. These conversations gave the donors a firsthand look at what it means to be a veterinary student, as well as how financial support allows a student to continue his or her education.
“This generosity not only has a financial impact, but eases the students’ stress levels, helps their mental wellness, which in turn allows them to focus on what they came here for: to join the greatest profession,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Pelzer, director of admissions and student services. “I hope that by meeting with students personally, our donors will hear our students’ stories and understand the importance of their continued support to the future of the profession.”
“Every bit of support that donors give to this college makes it possible for people like me to not have to put the pursuit of our dreams over financial security,” said Kelly Catanzaro (DVM candidate, Class of 2019), recipient of the Peter Eyre Student Leadership Award. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You are affecting not only my future, but the future of all those aspiring veterinarians by keeping the dream alive.”