Applying for a WEPA Foundation Scholarship

Every fall the WEPA Foundation officers notify the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine – Equine Studies department of the availability of two $500 scholarships intended to assist third and fourth year veterinary medicine students interested in attending the annual AAEP meeting in December.  Applications must be completed and submitted to the committee members, usually by November 1 each year.  Scholarship winners are invited to address WEPA membership at the winter/spring meeting and share their experiences from the AAEP convention.

We are inviting third and fourth year veterinary students to apply for The Wisconsin Equine Practitioners’ Association Foundation Memorial Fund Scholarship.  This scholarship fund was established in 1996 by WEPA to honor the memory of a fellow member, Brian Oetjen.  Since then this fund has come to represent a memorial honoring all deceased WEPA members.  The Scholarship Committee will award $500.00 to each of two third or fourth year veterinary students to help cover their expenses to attend the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention.This year’s AAEP Convention will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino December 5-9.  The student registration fee is $60.00 in advance, $80.00 after October 28th or onsite at the meeting, with your Student AAEP membership number for verification.  Student attendance is allowed at all meeting sessions except wet labs.  Additional fees will apply for attendance to special events at the same rate indicated on the registration for graduate veterinarians.  For more information on the convention view or download the meeting registration kit in a PDF document format on the AAEP website.  Items of special interest might be the AAEP Student Program and the AAEP Avenues Internship/Externship Career Night.

The two scholarship recipients will be asked to give a report at a regular club meeting of the UW-SVM Equine Club on the sessions they attend at the AAEP Convention and their convention experiences.  They will also be invited to attend the spring meeting of the Wisconsin Equine Practitioners’ Association Inc. as a guest and share their convention experiences with the attending members.  Their names will also be added to the Wisconsin Equine Practitioners’ Association Memorial Fund Scholarship Plaque displayed in the UW-SVM trophy display case.

To download and complete the Scholarship Application Form, click here.  Please enter the required information.  After completion, save the document using your last name and first initial added to the beginning of the current document name.  For example, John Smith would save the new document as “SmithJ WEPA Mem Fund App.doc”.