Purpose of Category:
Steve Marton Veterinary Student Scholarship. Size of award $50,000 US.
The purpose of this category is to pay for (estimated) 1 year of veterinary school tuition for a veterinary student who embodies the mission and vision of PetSmart Charities by working in communities experiencing barriers to veterinary care.
Goals of funding:
Award will be given to a veterinary student in good standing who has demonstrated capacity and aptitude in work pertaining to Access to Veterinary Care. The recipient must work well alone and with others, communicate clearly, and value the mission and vision of PetSmart Charities.
Who Can Apply:
Any 2nd or 3rd year veterinary student in good standing may apply for the scholarship. Students must be in the US or attending Ross University or St. Matthews University.
Grant Category FAQs
When and how can I apply?
The student will create a login, then select the appropriate university and complete the application questions, including verification of Dean notification.
What does Dean notification require?
Funding will be provided to the school, college, university or university foundation to pay academic expenses. The Dean must be notified of the scholarship application and potential for scholarship award, to allow receipt of funding.
What costs are included in the $50,000?
All funding is provided in US Dollars, and will be applied to academic tuition costs.
What costs are included in the $1250 travel and food stipend?
The $1250 will be used for transportation, room and board to attend a networking and research event to be hosted at VMX and WVC on an annual basis. The scholarship recipient shall select which event based on schedule and location. At the networking event the student will be introduced as the recipient of the award; researchers, industry partners and members of the press may be in attendance.
What do these terms mean:
Spectrum of Care: A phrase describing a variety of diagnostics, treatment options, and outcomes at a wide variety of price points.
Access to Care: A phrase describing barriers to seeking or accessing veterinary care, which may include (but are not limited to):language, financial, socioeconomic, transportation, or cultural.
Incremental Care: A phrase describing starting with basic/ most urgent/ most influential diagnostic or treatment options available for a veterinary case, and then increasing the number of options added to the treatment plan, based on time, response to treatment, and financial ability to pay for options. This method is opposite to what is currently the most common method of providing treatment plans, whereby the veterinarian provides a Plan A and removes diagnostics and/or treatments to meet the client’s ability to pay for services.
Community Medicine: Primary care veterinary services, including basic preventative care, provided within the community, via mobile clinic, pop up clinic, utilizing community space, or other methodology.
Community of need: The human community experiencing the barrier to veterinary care. This community can be identifies and described by a variety of means, including (but not limited to): zip codes, demographics of humans living in the community, range of services available within the community, number of veterinary clinics and/or veterinarians within a community, number of non-equine pets, or other means.
Platinum Care: A type of veterinary service at a university or specialty level of care, including advanced diagnostics, advanced treatments, advanced surgery, or other aspects of care which may be cost or culturally prohibitive.
How are applications evaluated?
Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. All applications in the United States and Caribbean schools compete against each other. The application pool can be very competitive and are evaluated based on the quality of the application, recommendation letters, and alignment with the mission of PCI.
Can my classmates apply?
Yes, multiple applications from a university can be considered. All applications will be evaluated competitively. Only 1 scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
Can I apply for the scholarship if I cannot travel?
Yes, you can apply for the scholarship.
Can international students apply?
No, only U.S. students, and US citizen who are students attending Ross University or St. Matthews University may apply.
Can 1st or 4th year students apply? Can masters, vet tech, vet social work, interns, residents, Ph.D. or other students apply?
No, only 2nd and 3rd year veterinary students in good standing are eligible to apply.