5 Awesome Scholarships for Animal Lovers

College expenses quickly add up—especially if you have a passion for animals and plan on going into the veterinary field. With so many fellow animal lovers out there running companies, now there’s some help in the form of scholarships. We’ve picked 5 awesome scholarships just for animal lovers, so read on—and apply!

A veterinarian holding a dog on a table.

Rover College Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: May 1, 2020

America’s favorite pet-sitting network knows dogs are family, and they’re also giving graduating high-school seniors and college students the chance to win $1,000 for college expenses just for writing about how dogs have impacted human lives.

Simply write a 400 to 500-word essay detailing how the domestication of dogs has had a positive impact on society and benefited human happiness. There are also some eligibility requirements and rules you should check out. 

P.L.A.Y.’s Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 28, 2020

P.L.A.Y. makes stylish and sustainable pet beds, and they also help make college dreams come true! The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is awarded to one high-school student who tells the best story of improving the life of a rescue animal or an animal welfare cause.

Guidelines, rules, and regulations are available on their website, as well as the submissions of previous years’ winners for inspiration.

Cliff Murray and Floyd Fuller Memorial Grant

Amount: Up to $1,000

Deadline: May 15

There are scholarships for horse lovers, too! Cliff Murray and Floyd Fuller founded the Vermont Horse Council in 1974, and to this day, provide financial support to students looking to study in an equine-related field. 

Students must demonstrate their dedication to academics, community service, horses, and show a financial need. Students must also attend a college or university that has equine studies or animal science. The scholarship requires your resume, a letter detailing your involvement with horses and your community, as well as two letters of recommendation.

Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: TBD for 2020 (Opens mid-November)

A passion for animals is free, but veterinary school can be very expensive. That’s why Merck Animal Health offers $170,000 in scholarships annually to exceptional second and third-year veterinary students around the globe.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, financial need, as well as an area of interest within veterinary medicine. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Twenty $5,000 scholarships to students attending veterinary school in the U.S., Canada, or the Caribbean
  • Fourteen $5,000 scholarships to students attending select international veterinary schools

For requirements and deadlines, visit the Merck Animal Health Student Enhancement page.

Oxbow Animal Health Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Do you love rabbits, pigs, hamsters, and reptiles? Well, so does Oxbow Animal Health. Oxbow has a nearly 40-year tradition of helping small animals achieve the best health and nutrition, so it’s no surprise they’ve created a number of scholarships to help students dedicated to the same cause.

Oxbow offers four competitive academic scholarships:

Use College Raptor’s free match tool to discover individualized college matches, personalized college price estimates, your acceptance odds, and potential financial aid for schools around the country!

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2 thoughts on “5 Awesome Scholarships for Animal Lovers”

  1. Avatar Kristiana Blowers says:

    I have two dogs, three birds, a lizard, a python, and 7 siblings which I am not sure if they count as animals to you, but to me they do. I am just kidding, they are somewhat well behaved.

  2. If you are looking for an animal-based scholarship then you might want to try http://pawzandpetz.com/scholarship

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