Merck Animal Health Grants Scholarships to 56 Veterinary Students from United States, Canada and Asia

Madison, N.J., March 15, 2018 – Today, 56 outstanding veterinary students from around the world received scholarships from Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program, the selected second-and third-year students pursuing careers in companion animal or large animal medicine will each receive a $5,000 scholarship (totaling $280,000) to support their educational endeavors.

“We know that the cost of veterinary education can be a challenge but want to encourage talented students to pursue their dreams,” said Scott Bormann, Vice President, North America, Merck Animal Health. “We’re honored to support these recipients, as the work they do throughout their careers will have an important impact on the animal health industry, helping to advance the well-being of both companion and large animals.”

The AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, has supported veterinary students for more than five decades.

“The AVMF helps ensure the future of veterinary medicine by recognizing and supporting outstanding students,” said Jan K. Strother, D.V.M., Chair, AVMF Board of Directors. “We are honored to partner with Merck Animal Health in providing these scholarship opportunities.”

Award recipients from U.S. and international veterinary schools accredited through the AVMA were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership and area of interest within the profession. The 2018 scholarship recipients are:

  • Tristan Darrel Agustin, University of the Philippines Los Banos
  • Trisha Alina, University of the Philippines Los Banos
  • Mehedi Hasan Ashiq, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Kelley Black, Western University – California
  • Alicia Bonke, Michigan State University
  • Jordan Briggs, North Carolina State University
  • Jessica Buchy, University of Florida
  • Robert Buntz, Colorado State University
  • Rheannon Burris, Michigan State University
  • Michael Caplan, University of Montreal
  • Crystal Cardona, Iowa State University
  • Katherine Crocco, Midwestern University
  • Melissa Dalton, Colorado State University
  • Abbey Earle, University of Pennsylvania
  • Samantha Eder, Auburn University
  • Lacey Ellingson, University of Minnesota
  • Maria Estefania-Colon, Tuskegee University
  • Julienne Fe Butic, University of the Philippines Los Banos
  • Holly Grams-Johnson, Colorado State University
  • Rachel Griffin, Michigan State University
  • Alexi Haack, University of California – Davis
  • Md. Mehedi Hasan, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Muhammad Sujon Hasan, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Rakib Hasan, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Homaira Pervin Heema, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Kristine Hill, Ross University
  • Amy Kraus, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kyndel Lann, Midwestern University
  • Jessica Levine, Tufts University
  • Carl Magnusson, University of Wisconsin
  • Harrah Grace Magsino, University of the Philippines Los Banos
  • Emily Mangan, Oregon State University
  • Alex McFarland, Colorado State University
  • Michael McKinney, The Ohio State University
  • Md. Manik Mia, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Ori Nagasaka, University of California – Davis
  • Jannatul Nyema Nikita, Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Jessica Ruiz-Gonzalez, Auburn University
  • Renee D. Saxton-Baumann, Oregon State University
  • Trinity Scanlon, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sahar Sheikh-Ahmad, North Carolina State University
  • Joel Steckelberg, Iowa State University
  • Nigar Sultana, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Gabriel Tumamac, University of the Philippines Los Banos
  • Saif Udden, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Ashley Ulmer, Virginia – Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Brittney Vaughn, Colorado State University
  • Emil Walleser, University of Wisconsin
  • Hailey Watlington, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Jessica Weirich, University of Illinois
  • Taylor Wickware, The Ohio State University
  • Rebecca Wilson, University of Guelph
  • Jessi Wixtrom, Michigan State University
  • Alexis Wohl, Western University – California
  • Greg Wojciechowski, Colorado State University
  • Michelle Yamashita, Washington State University

About Merck Animal Health

For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.

About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 89,000 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. For more than 50 years, the foundation has been helping veterinarians help animals with support for education, advocacy, service, and research programs and activities. Visit for more information.