LSU School of Veterinary Medicine gave out more than $263,000 in scholarships and awards in 2021

08/16/2021

BATON ROUGE. LA—In 2021, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine gave out $263,887 in scholarships and awards. 

Students received monetary awards, memberships to professional organizations, journal subscriptions, plaques, certificates and veterinary medicine manuals and supplies. Since 2011, the LSU SVM has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships and awards thanks to the generosity of private citizens, foundations, organizations and corporations.

First-, second-, and third-year students who received scholarships and awards are listed below alphabetically by state/country, hometown and then last name. Students from Honduras are listed following the U.S. residents. 

Alabama

Marisa Pierluisi Halvorson (Class of (Class of 2022), ), from Vestavia Hills, Ala., received the John D. Rhoades Leadership Scholarship.

Arkansas

Alexandria Breashears (Class of 2024), from Arkadelphia, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

Brianna Hedges (Class of 2023), from Bentonville, Ark., received the Opal Christiansen Memorial Scholarship.

Gabrielle Abbott (Class of 2024), from Bentonville, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

Olivia Geels (Class of 2022), from Bentonville, Ark., received the Salsbury Scholarship.

Autumn Gregg (Class of 2024), from Fayetteville, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Jack R. Redman and Elizabeth G. Redman Scholarship.

Ivy Cox (Class of 2023), from Greenwood, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

Elise Johnson (Class of 2023), from Hot Springs, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

Kaylee Leydens (Class of 2022), from Jonesboro, Ark., received the Margaret Lucille Thomas Taylor Memorial Scholarship.

Ashley Finney (Class of 2022), from Little Rock, Ark., received the Salsbury Scholarship.

Lauren Wise (Class of 2023), from Little Rock, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

Nickolas Zimmerman (Class of 2022), from Little Rock, Ark., from the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

Noah Black-Ocken (Class of 2024), from Little Rock, Ark., received the Opal Christiansen Memorial Scholarship.

Rafael Castro (Class of 2022), from Little Rock, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

Rose Mencer (Class of 2024), from Monticello, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Jack R. Redman and Elizabeth G. Redman Scholarship.

Kaylee Chambers (Class of 2024), from Russellville, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

Mayzie Miller (Class of 2022), from Russellville, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

Ethan Hill (Class of 2025), from Springfield, Ark., received The Thomas Scholarship.

Erin Davis (Class of 2023), from White Hall, Ark., received the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship.

California

Young Cho (Class of 2023), from La Mirada, Calif., received The Henry Chester Propes and Mary Wood Propes Memorial Scholarship.

Connecticut

Stefanie Duda (Class of 2024), from Niantic, Conn., received the Catherine M. Landry and Daniel Gillane Feline Studies Scholarship.

Florida

Guadalupe Espinoza (Class of 2023), from Brandon, Fla., received The Robert M. Hammatt Award for Proficiency in Food Animal Medicine.

Madison Rigdon (Class of 2023), from Merritt Island, Fla., received the Eleanor Connell Witter of Live Oak at Cedar Lodge Farm Scholarship.

Vidhi Gurjar (Class of 2024), from Miami, Fla., received the Dr. Herbert C. Berger Scholarship.

Lillian Smith (Class of 2024), from Winter Haven, Fla., received the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1984 Scholarship.

Georgia

Darius Statham  (Class of 2023), from Atlanta, Ga., received the Auxiliary to the LSU Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship.

Indiana

Keely Shine (Class of 2022), from Lafayette, Ind., received the M. Darnell Besch Scholarship and the Salsbury Scholarship.

Louisiana

Sylvie Sandoval (Class of 2022), from Alexandria, La., received the Open House Award of Appreciation.

Ben Andries (Class of 2022), from Baton Rouge, La., received the Hill's Pet Nutrition Service Scholarship.

Brian Hernandez (Class of 2022), from Baton Rouge, La., received the Salsbury Scholarship.

Katie Miley (Class of 2022), from Baton Rouge, La., received the Salsbury Scholarship, the M. Darnell Besch Scholarship, the LSU SVM Equine Health Studies Program Scholarship, the Planche Mike the Tiger Caregiver Scholarship, and the Jill and Roger Jenkins Scholarship for Mike the Tiger Caregiver.

Murphy Sachse (Class of 2022), from Baton Rouge, La., received the Salsbury Scholarship, the Hickory Small Animal Hospital Award, and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Student Award.

Sydney Hall (Class of 2023), from Baton Rouge, La., received the Baton Rouge Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Scholarship.

Quinci Middlebrooks (Class of 2022), from Benton, La., received the Dr. Michelle Marsh and Dr. Adam Rosenberg Award for Fiscal Prudence.

Morgan Marino (Class of 2023), from Brusly, La., received the Robert Lorio Children Memorial Scholarship.

Andrew Mudd (Class of 2022), from Cameron, La., received the Salsbury Scholarship and the Louisiana Academy of Veterinary Practice Companion Animal Scholarship.

Christian Arias (Class of 2024), from Centerville, La., received the Perry B. Lecates, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

Shelby Parks (Class of 2024), from DeRidder, La., received the Calcasieu Kennel Club Scholarship.

EJ Hanhart (Class of 2023), from Greensburg, La., received the Dr. Mary Boudreaux and Class of 1979 Scholarship.

Julia Fincher (Class of 2022), from Houma, La., received the Salsbury Scholarship.

Kristin Schof (Class of 2022), from Metairie, La., received the Dr. Barry Robert Memorial Scholarship.

Kaela Turner (Class of 2022), from Mittie, La., received the Dr. K.C. Toups Memorial Scholarship and the Open House Award of Appreciation.

Reagan McCrCrary (Class of 2024), from Monroe, La., received the Bayou Kennel Club, Inc. Scholarship.

Samantha Clark (Class of 2024), from Monroe, La., received the Bayou Kennel Club, Inc. Scholarship and the Northwest Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship.

Carlos Zervignon (Class of 2025), from New Orleans , La., received the A.B. Freeman Scholarship.

Cora Schneider (Class of 2022), from New Orleans, La., received the Planche Mike the Tiger Caregiver Scholarship and the Jill and Roger Jenkins Scholarship for Mike the Tiger Caregiver.

Rachel Galarza (Class of 2025), from New Orleans, La., received the Justin Addison Memorial Recruiting Scholarship.

Montana Oubre (Class of 2022), from Paulina, La., received the Open House Award of Appreciation.

Hanna Dudley (Class of 2022), from Prairieville, La., received the Salsbury Scholarship and the Dr. Eugene Zeller Leadership Scholarship.

Lori Winborne (Class of 2022), from Ruston , La., received the Salsbury Scholarship.

Georgia Hansen (Class of 2023), from Sulphur, La., received the Dr. Steven D. Everson and Dr. Bradley S. Everson Honorary Endowed Scholarship.

Katelyn Setzer (Class of 2023), from West Monroe, La., received the Peri Tümay, DVM, Memorial Fellowship and the Dr. C. Ken White Memorial Scholarship.

Michigan

Max Veenema (Class of 2023), from Grand Rapids, Mich., received the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Student Award.

Mississippi

Amber Fairley (Class of 2025), from Hattiesburg, Miss., received the Dr. George E. Robinson, III, DVM, MSPH Graduate Scholarship.

New Jersey

Kevin Cali (Class of 2023), from Randolph, N.J., received the Bill Pollock Memorial Award.

New York

Haleigh Wright (Class of 2025), from Ticonderoga, N.Y., received the Dean's Circle Scholarship.

Puerto Rico

Nicole Arana Valencia (Class of 2022), from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, received the Dr. Carrie Washburn Memorial Scholarship.

Jose Suarez Rodriguez (Class of 2023), from Hatillo, Puerto Rico, received the Nestlé Purina Award for Minority Scholarship.

Tennessee

Rachel Dufour (Class of 2024), from Memphis, Tenn., received the Dr. Steven D. Everson and Dr. Bradley S. Everson Honorary Endowed Scholarship.

Texas

Hannah Coco (Class of 2025), from Austin, Texas, received the Sue Loubiere First Year Recruiting Award.

Anisah El-Heet (Class of 2022), from Dallas, Texas, received the Audrey Engelhart Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine.

Morgan Selman (Class of 2022), from May, Texas, received the Ben Greene "Make a Difference" Memorial Scholarship.

Rachel Mathy (Class of 2024), from Plano, Texas, received the Nestlé Purina Award for Excellence in Companion Animal Nutrition. 

Olivia Johnson (Class of 2023), from San Antonio, Texas, received the Sheri Ellen Cole Memorial Scholarship.

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