Empathy for Animals (EFA) Scholarship Award for Veterinary Students 2020-2021

The Pet Life Today (PLT) Empathy for Animals Veterinary Scholarship Award (2020-2021) is open to veterinary students enrolled in veterinary studies, animal sciences or a similar undergraduate program at an accredited university, and is awarded annually in the amount of $500.

One of our goals at PLT is to raise awareness of animal cruelty in society and promote the public understanding of research that supports animal empathy and compassion. The EFA Scholarship is one way we can advance this mission, while also helping the next generation of animal advocates and future veterinary professionals reach their academic goals.

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Scholarship Qualifications
Recipient Information
Student Scholarship Criteria
Application Requirements and Deadline
How to Apply
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Who can Apply?

Applicants in good academic standing, with extracurricular community experience or demonstrated passion for animal advocacy and an interest in working to fight animal cruelty.

We’re looking for applicants with an educational and personal history of working to educate the public about the mistreatment of animals in today’s society and a commitment to reshaping the treatment of animals in local communities across the nation.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear your story.

Scholarship Qualifications

To qualify, applicants must demonstrate both academic distinction in pre-veterinary or animal sciences studies, as well as a financial need. This scholarship will be awarded to students with career interests in clinical veterinary medicine, animal research and related areas.

The award aims to expand the duties of veterinary professionals to encompass fostering dialogue with communities, and participating in educational efforts aimed at promoting public understanding of animal research as well as the ongoing efforts to promote the safety and better treatment of animals.

Through the EFA scholarship award, PLT will identify applicants who have above interests and criteria, and those who have demonstrated efforts aimed to promote broader awareness of the mistreatment of animals and the approaches that can be used to prevent animal cruelty.

Award Recipient

One applicant will be chosen to receive the scholarship award in the amount of $500 each calendar year. This scholarship award program is an equal-opportunity award open to all qualified applicants who meet the eligibility requirements.

Student Scholarship Criteria

  1. Currently enrolled in good standing in an accredited pre-veterinary or animal sciences undergraduate program in the United States
  2. Current overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Proven history of advocacy for animals
  4. Demonstrated community involvement
  5. Demonstrated financial need

Application Requirements and Deadline

The application period for the EFA Scholarship Award begins on October 1, 2020, and eligible students may submit applications through December 31, 2020. Only applicants who submit completed applications in full by December 31, 2020 are eligible for consideration. The recipient of the award will be announced on January 31, 2021; the recipient will be notified via email.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. First and Last name
  2. Email address
  3. Phone number
  4. Current college or university you attend
  5. Current GPA
  6. Expected graduation date
  7. Current course of study

Also, applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that explains:

  1. Why you’ve chosen to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, animal research or your related area
  2. What your specific community involvements are or have been with advocating animal empathy and fighting animal cruelty
  3. How you intend to use this award

Finally, please include any pictures you have that demonstrate your animal advocacy efforts.

Submit the information and essay by email to efascholarship [at] petlifetoday.com no later than December 31, 2020. You will receive an email reply within 5 business days to confirm receipt of your application materials.

All applications will be reviewed by our EFA Scholarship Award committee members, who will score each submission and essay on a scale of 1 to 20 based on merit and need factors. The highest scored submission will receive the EFA Scholarship Award of $500. All applicants will be notified by email and the scholarship funds will be disbursed (by check from RKT Publishing, LLC, the PLT parent company) on February 1, 2021.

2020-2021 Award Winner

We’re excited to announce the recipient of the 2020-2021 EFA Veterinary Scholarship Award for the amount of $500:

Kiara Gilardi
School: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Expected graduation date: June 2021
Double Major: Dairy Science and Pre-Veterinary

2019-2020 Award Winner

We’re excited to announce the recipient of the 2019-2020 EFA Veterinary Scholarship Award for the amount of $500:

Elyse Politica
School: University of Connecticut
Expected graduation date: May 2020
Double Major: Animal Science and Pathobiology (on the pre-veterinary track)

2018-2019 Award Winner

We’re excited to announce the recipient of the 2018-2019 EFA Veterinary Scholarship Award for the amount of $500:

Rebekah Sartori
School: University of Central Florida
Expected graduation date: December 2019
Major: Biology (BS)- Zoology and Pre-Veterinary Science

2017-2018 Award Winner

We’re excited to announce the recipient of the 2017-2018 EFA Veterinary Scholarship Award for the amount of $500:

Jenna Balk
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Expected graduation date: May 2020
Major: Animal Science Pre-Professional