CVM Scholarship Funds
The Hugh M. & Kathryn Arant, Sr. Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine
Mrs. Kathryn Arant established the scholarship in memory of her husband Mr. Hugh M. Arant, Sr. Mr. Arant was a 1949 graduate of Mississippi State University. Mr. Arant was involved in numerous organizations and received many distinguished awards. He worked very closely with Dr. Louis Wise and others to establish the College of Veterinary Medicine. Mr. Arant was a generous supporter to the agricultural industry and to Mississippi State University. The scholarship is awarded to a sophomore student who demonstrates academic performance, exemplary achievement, leadership ability and financial need.
The Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship
The Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation established this scholarship to assist deserving students from Arkansas enrolled at Mississippi State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The scholar must maintain acceptable grades.
Charles E. & Viola G. Bardsley Annual Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Charles E. and Viola G. Bardsley established their scholarship in 1996 to support academic scholars in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The scholarship is awarded to the graduating senior student who has attained the highest cumulative GPA during the professional program.
Paul Bass Scholarship
In March 2006, Leslie Mayeaux established this annual scholarship in memory of Paul Bass in tribute to his life and their love for one another. Mr. Bass was the owner of Suburban Building Company, Inc. and the past President of the Mississippi Home Builders Association. He was a dedicated person who became a recognized leader in his profession. The scholarship assists veterinary students who demonstrate a special interest in small animal medicine.
The James D. & Kay B. Bryan Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. James D. Bryan of West Point established the scholarship in 1993. The fund recognizes the Jimmy Bryan family’s association with Mississippi State University over the years. Many members of the Bryan family are graduates of MSU. The objective of this scholarship is to support the efforts of the production medicine group in the college in training food animal veterinarians. The scholarship supports students who demonstrate academic achievement, good moral character, leadership ability, financial need and an interest in food animal medicine.
Dr. James F. Perkins Annual Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine
The Tri State Educational Foundation of Iuka, MS, chose to honor Dr. James F. Perkins, an Iuka resident, by establishing a scholarship in 2010. Dr. Perkins began his practice in Iuka in 1971 and was a founding member of the MSU-CVM Mentorship Program. This scholarship is awarded to deserving students in the CVM, with priority to students who are residents of a county within a 50 mile radius of Iuka. Iuka and Tishomingo County residents receive first consideration.
The Clio and Poco Gentle Doctor Award
A special friend of the College of Veterinary Medicine established the Poco and Clio Gentle Doctor Award in May 2006. She wanted to honor the memory of two of her beloved pets. It is the desire of this friend to support the education of future veterinarians who are committed to demonstrating a compassion and love for animals and professionalism toward clients.
Simmons & Associates Educational Fund Business Aptitude Award
In 2003, this scholarship was established by the Simmons & Associates Educational Trust Fund, Inc. for deserving students who have demonstrated excellence in the business or practice management component of companion animal medicine. Third-year students are eligible to apply for this award.
Dr. C. Edward Couvillion Endowed Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship was established in January 2007 in memory of Dr. C. Edward Couvillion who was a CVM professor of parasitology. The scholarship was established because of the impact that Dr. Couvillion had on the lives of everyone he came in contact with and because of his dedication to teaching, service and research. This endowed graduate scholarship is the first endowment in the MSU CVM Office for Research and Graduate Studies.
Recipients of the scholarship must be students who are enrolled in the MSU CVM PhD program and pursuing a graduate degree as their primary focus or students who are enrolled in the MSU CVM Veterinary Medical Sciences graduate program, and who are actively involved in research and whose career goal will lead to further research. Students studying parasitology and/or wildlife diseases will be favored.
The Morgan Freeman Endowment for Veterinary Medicine
Mr. Morgan Freeman established the scholarship because he recognized that Mississippi State University has a strong commitment to educating young Mississippians for the continued economic growth of the state and the nation. This includes making a quality education available to students from diverse cultures and backgrounds. This scholarship was established in part because Mississippi needs minority veterinarians to help meet the state’s medical and research needs. This scholarship helps ensure that promising minority students are offered a quality education and the opportunity to study veterinary medicine and hopefully contribute to Mississippi’s continuing economic growth.
The Greenville Mississippi Kennel Club Scholarship
The Greenville Mississippi Kennel Club established this scholarship in 1990. The scholarship supports students enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine who are from Arkansas or the Mississippi Delta. Recipients also demonstrate academic excellence, good moral character, leadership ability and financial need and are interested in the study of companion animal medicine. The preferred recipient demonstrates an interest in possibly pursuing veterinary practice in the Delta region.
The A. Wayne Groce Alumni Society Scholarship Fund
In 1997, the Mississippi State University Medicine Alumni Society established the MSU-CVM Alumni Society Scholarship to support veterinary medical education at their alma mater. The award supports junior or senior students who are in good standing, of good moral character and have demonstrated leadership ability. In 2007, the CVM Alumni Association renamed the scholarship to honor Dr. A. Wayne Groce. Dr. Groce has been a faculty member at the CVM since 1983. He continues to make a lasting impact on many veterinary students and alumni.
Mary Ann Long Endowed Scholarship
Ms. Mary Ann Long is a 1959 graduate of Mississippi State University and is a retired teacher with a passion for animals and a strong desire to help educate future veterinarians. She established this scholarship in 2007 to aid students interested in small animal medicine.
The Allan H. Hart/IDEXX Scholarship
In February 2000, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. established the scholarship in memory of Dr. Allan H. Hart who passed away in May 1999. Dr. Hart practiced veterinary medicine at various times in Australia, New Jersey and Hawaii. He was a founding member of the New Haven Central Hospital and served as Laboratory Director. He was a consultant for Becton Dickinson and Company, and he worked as a consultant with IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. where he was instrumental in developing the QBC VetAuthoread Hematology Analyzer as well as training programs and support manuals for veterinarians and their staff. He was an internationally recognized speaker and an author of many articles. This scholarship is awarded to a senior student who displays exceptional proficiency in diagnostic clinical pathology and its practical application to clinical cases.
Jean and Walter Rotchild, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
In November 2004, Jean and Walter Rotchild, Jr. established this endowed scholarship for students with a demonstrated interest in small animal medicine. Jean and Walter reside in Memphis, TN. Walter is a graduate of Mississippi State University.
The International Veterinary Humanitarian Endowed Fund
In December of 2001, John and Carolyn Kay Thomson established this scholarship. The fund was originally established in July of 2000 as an annual award. The fund was established to support veterinary students at Mississippi State University who are committed to combine their commitment to the betterment of mankind with the practice of veterinary medicine.
The Clarice C. Jackson Memorial Scholarship
Clarice C. Jackson established the scholarship in 1990 to assist veterinary students who demonstrate leadership ability, good moral character and financial need. Mrs. Jackson passed away in the fall of 1990.
Bedenbaugh Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine
Endowed by a gift from James A. Bedenbaugh, the scholarship is awarded to a student with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and who has exhibited leadership skills during his or her tenure as a veterinary medical student.
James C. & Linda B. Johnson Annual Scholarship
James C. and Linda B. Johnson established this scholarship in April 2004. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson of Germantown, TN, are both supporters of the College of Veterinary Medicine. In the 1980s they sponsored the Dr. Gerry L. Grant Humane Award in honor of their veterinarian, Dr. Grant. The scholarship assists veterinary students who have demonstrated good moral character, integrity and honesty. The recipient must be generally perceived as having a caring and compassionate attitude toward animals and individuals.
H. Kelley Jones South Carolina Association of Veterinarians
In 2006, the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians established this annual scholarship in memory of H. Kelley Jones. A recipient of the scholarship must be a second or third year student who is a resident of South Carolina, and he or she must demonstrate leadership skills and exhibit positive and professional attitude toward others.
"Dempsey & Ruby" Lazar Endowed Scholarship
Drs. Rande and Linda Lazar established the scholarship in memory of their beloved pet, Dempsey and in honor of their faithful companion Ruby in June of 2001. The Lazars chose to endow this scholarship because of the quality care that Dempsey and Ruby received at the MSU-CVM Animal Health Center and because of their deep and abiding love for Dempsey and Ruby as loyal companions and family members.
The Dempsey and Ruby Lazar Endowed Scholarship is awarded to deserving students who are committed to demonstrating compassion and love for animals and professionalism toward clients.
Dr. Michael Lee Memorial Endowed Fund
In August of 2002, friends, including CVM classmates, and family members established the scholarship in memory of Dr. Michael. Dr. Lee was passed away on August 5, 2002, in a tragic vehicle accident. He was a veterinarian and very involved in many Mississippi associations. Scholarship recipients must be full-time students who demonstrate acceptable academic achievement and show promise for an outstanding career in veterinary medicine. First priority is given to qualified students who reside in the counties of Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison or Stone in Mississippi.
Lehman Food Animal Scholarship Endowment
Dr. Fred and Paula Lehman established the Lehman Food Animal Scholarship Endowment at Mississippi State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine for a student in good standing in his or her second or third year of study.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support and incentive to a deserving second or third year student with a declared interest in food animal husbandry and production, particularly in the area of theriogenology (animal reproduction).
The Dr. Betsy Lipscomb Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine
In 1997, Ms. Angela Walker, a caregiver and animal lover, established the scholarship in honor of her veterinarian, Dr. Betsy Lipscomb. Ms. Walker has provided care and shelter for stray animals for many years, and Dr. Lipscomb who is devoted to clients and pets, provides regular medical care to Ms. Walker’s animals. The scholarship supports the education of future veterinarians who are as committed to demonstrating compassion for animals and professionalism toward clients. The scholarship supports junior students who demonstrate interest in small animal medicine and acceptable academic achievement.
The Karen and John McCord Endowed Scholarship
In July of 2004, Karen J. and John G. McCord established this scholarship to assist full-time veterinary students who demonstrate interest in equestrian animal medicine or a student entering the veterinary college after working in another field.
Dr. P. Mikell & Mary Cheek Hall Davis Early-Entry Student Beef Cattle Scholarship
In October 2011, Mikell and Mary Cheek Davis (The Hall Foundation, INC.) established the Dr. P. Mikell & Mary Cheek Hall Davis Early-Entry Student Beef Cattle Endowed Scholarship Fund. Candidates for the scholarship must be entering freshman (Early-Entry students) with demonstrated interest in beef cattle practice.
Dr. P. Mikell & Mary Cheek Hall Davis Beef Cattle Endowed Scholarship
In October 2011, Mikell and Mary Cheek Davis (The Hall Foundation, INC.) established the Dr. P. Mikell & Mary Cheek Hall Davis Beef Cattle Endowed Scholarship Fund. Candidates for the scholarship must be rising seniors with demonstrated interest and stated career aspirations in beef cattle practice.
Dr. P. Mikell & Mary Cheek Hall Davis Feline Medicine Endowed Scholarship
In October 2011, Mikell and Mary Cheek Davis (The Hall Foundation, INC.) established the Dr. P. Mikell & Mary Cheek Hall Davis Feline Medicine Endowed Scholarship Fund. Candidates for the scholarship must be rising seniors with demonstrated interest and stated career aspirations in feline practice.
Dr. Harvey F. McCrory Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association Endowment Fund
In 1991, the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association established the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was renamed in memory of Dr. Harvey F. McCrory in 2009. The recipient will be a Mississippi resident who has shown the qualities that Dr. McCrory is known for - leadership, service and high ethical standards.
Mississippi State Kennel Club Scholarship
The Mississippi State Kennel Club Inc. established one annual scholarship to assist second year veterinary students whose permanent residency is in one of the counties of Hinds, Madison or Rankin, in Mississippi. The recipient must intend to become a small animal veterinarian. Selection is based on need, as well as on scholastic achievement.
MVMA Auxiliary Annual Scholarship
This scholarship is supported by the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary. It is awarded to a junior & a senior student who are in good academic standing, are adapt clinically, professional in appearance, have excellent communication skills and promote veterinary medicine.
MVMA Hall of Fame Scholarship
In February 1991, the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association established a scholarship to be awarded in honor of the Veterinarian of the Year. Students must be in their second, third or fourth year of study to apply and must be Mississippi residents of at least five years. Applicants must be of good moral character, have demonstrated leadership ability and demonstrated financial need.
Robert and Thelma Pugh Annual Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine
A gift from Robert and Thelma Pugh in August 2011 provides three annual scholarships for deserving students enrolled at MSU-CVM. Candidates for the scholarship must be students in good standing who demonstrate special interest in small animal medicine.
The Thomas C. Randolph, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Mrs. Velma Randolph, along with the faculty, staff and administration of the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU established this scholarship in memory of Dr. Thomas C. Randolph, Jr. The scholarship is awarded to a fourth year student who has demonstrated a career interest in food animal medicine during his or her first three years.
The Linda "Big Lou" Schuerer Memorial Annual Scholarship
Established in 2008, The LINDA *BIG LOU* SCHUERER MEMORIAL ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP was founded in as a tribute to the supportive mother of MSU graduate Paula A. Schuerer, DVM, MBA. Linda Schuerer was a native of a farming community in Tennessee where she was actively involved in farming. Her passion for agriculture and animals was passed along to her daughter. The promotion of agriculture and animal well-being are the goals of the scholarships that are divided equally into two separate annual funds in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences.
The Greta Somerville Endowed Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine
The Greta Somerville Scholarship is awarded annually. As fund distribution permits, more than one scholarship may be awarded. During the selection process, consideration is to be given to need and academic merit.
The Dr. Clyde E. Taylor Endowed Scholarship
In 2001, Dr. Clyde Taylor and many of his friends established this scholarship. The scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Taylor. Dr. Taylor is a native of Natchez, MS. He has worked as a practicing veterinarian over the years. He was a founding faculty of the MSU CVM and was instrumental in the planning and development of the college. He has also served in various clinical, academic and service positions in the college. He is a past president of the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association and has received numerous awards and recognitions during his years in the veterinary profession. The scholarship aids the life learning of a post-DVM graduate veterinarian.
The Tupelo Small Animal Hospital Scholarship
Dr. Glenn S. Thomas and Dr. Stephen K. King, owners of Tupelo Small Animal Hospital and 1988 graduates of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, established this annual scholarship for the College of Veterinary Medicine scholarship in September of 2001.
Through this scholarship, it is the desire of Dr. Thomas and Dr. King to support the education of future veterinarians who have demonstrated a passion for the profession of veterinary medicine.
The Alexander "Bam" Williams Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Alexander “Bam” Williams in March of 2000 by his wife, Edwina Ringold Williams, and his daughter, Lee Williams. Dr. Williams was a graduate of S.D. Lee Senior High School in Columbus, MS, and served two years in the U.S. Army following graduation. He attended Mississippi State University and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Auburn University. He opened his veterinary practice in Columbus in 1959 and operated Williams Animal Clinic for five years until he moved to St. Petersburg, FL, where he worked for ten years in the same field. He retired and moved back to Columbus in 1974. This scholarship assists CVM students who have displayed academic achievement and leadership ability.
Vicksburg Kennel Club Inc. Scholarship Fund
Beginning in March 2005, the Vicksburg Kennel Club Inc. established two annual scholarships to assist veterinary students with exceptional academic achievement who graduated from a Mississippi High School whose permanent residency is in one of the counties of Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Issaquena, Jefferson, Madison, Rankin, Sharkey, Warren or Yazoo in Mississippi.
Robert O. Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship
In April 2011, Mrs. Kim Collum established the Robert O. Williams Memorial Scholarship in memory of her father, Robert O. Williams. Mr. Williams enjoyed painting wildlife and often assisted Kim in drawing cats. The scholarship is awarded to students with financial need and who have an interest in feline medicine.