Pay it Forward Scholarship Program

Scholarships for veterinary students pursuing veterinary medicine careers.


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What is the EDUCATE program?

Every year Animal Care PA and PVMA award substantial student scholarships to veterinary students and veterinary technology students. These scholarships help to decrease the financial burden that plagues veterinary students each year. It is not a joke when people say that VMD stands for Very Much in Debt. But it is not just Pennsylvania students, the cost of attending veterinary school is continuing to escalate in other states too. It is exponentially more expensive than it was 25 years ago.
The debt that most students accumulate will follow them for 30 years or more. It will impact every financial decision they make:
  • What job should I take?
  • What is the pay?
  • What are the benefits?
  • Can I buy a car?
  • Can I buy a house?
  • Can I start a family?
It is our goal to help lighten the load by granting scholarships each year to Pennsylvania residents pursuing veterinary careers. Contributions to this fund is indeed an investment in the future of the veterinary profession and a way of supporting someone else with the same passion that you have for helping animals and people.


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2019 Scholarships

Animal Care PA was pleased to approve scholarships $17,000 for the following students based on academic performance, community service and leadership, aspirations and goals, and student debt load. Congratulations to this talented, inspiring group of individuals on being selected for this year's scholarship awards!


NameSchool/College/UniversityAmountScholarship Type
Taylor Bryant University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine $3,000 Animal Care PA Veterinary Student Scholarship
Maura Carr University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine $3,000 Animal Care PA Veterinary Student Scholarship
Evangelene Connolly Vet Tech Institute - Pittsburgh $1,000 Animal Care PA Veterinary Technology Scholarship
Sarah Gleason Harcum College,
Veterinary Technology Program
$1,000 Animal Care PA Veterinary Technology Scholarship
Souci Louis University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine $2,500 Animal Care PA + PVMA Young Leadership Scholarship
Hannah Thomas Lincoln Memorial University $3,000 Animal Care PA Veterinary Student Scholarship
Diana Warrington Johnson College $1,000 Animal Care PA Veterinary Technology Scholarship
Alyssa Zoto Lincoln Memorial University $2,500 Animal Care PA + PVMA Young Leadership Scholarship




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How can you help?

You can help students pursuing veterinary medicine by making a donation today. 

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Amy Kraus

PVMA+Animal Care PA's Young Leadership Scholarship Recipient

I am honored to be awarded a Young Leadership Scholarship! This scholarship will allow me to receive advanced training in dairy production medicine during my 4th year of veterinary school. Throughout my education, veterinarians from Pennsylvania have supported my goal to become a veterinarian through externships, mentorship, and scholarship funds. After I graduate, I hope to give back to my community by serving dairy farmers that are working hard to keep the milk supply safe and nutritious. Thank you PVMA and Animal Care PA for supporting my education!

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Lauren Ungar

Animal Care PA Veterinary Student Scholarship

I am so thankful to have been chosen as a recipient of the Animal Care PA Veterinary Student Scholarship! My first experiences in veterinary medicine were at the Western PA Humane Society and I still have a strong connection to the Pennsylvania Veterinary community even as I attend veterinary school at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. This scholarship will not only lighten the financial burden of veterinary school but will also allow me to return to Pennsylvania for externships during my 4th year. I am so grateful to the PVMA and Animal Care PA and hope to become involved with the PVMA in the future and help the future generations of veterinary students achieve their goals.

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Amber Walker

Animal Care PA Veterinary Student Scholarship

I have lived in Pennsylvania for my entire life, and I am truly honored to receive this scholarship from Animal Care PA. I appreciate this scholarship because it will significantly help decrease my student loan debt after graduation. Animal rescue has been a constant presence in my life, which I why I chose to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Ultimately, I would one day like to provide low-cost veterinary care to underprivileged areas, but the cost of a veterinary education makes this goal challenging. I am grateful that this scholarship will help me achieve this goal sooner.

Mailing Address:

Animal Care PA
8574 Paxton Street
Hummelstown, PA 17036


Phone: 717.220.1437




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About Animal Care PA

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF), d/b/a Animal Care PA, was established in 1983, and serves as the charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association but functions as an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Animal Care PA is to help caring people help animals by bridging the gap through our animal welfare initiatives that FEED, CARE, and EDUCATE. All Animal Care PA programs are fully funded by donations, grants, and sponsorships, therefore, programs may cease to exist at any time if funding is no longer available.


Animal Care PA | 8574 Paxton Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036 | Phone: 717.220.1437 | Fax: 717.550.1461