The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) has named the recipients to its inaugural Commonwealth One Health Scholarship: Allyson Elliott of Coudersport, Pa., Amy Kraus of Aliquippa, Pa., and Enoch Kraycik of Bethlehem, Pa.
All three Class of 2019 recipients have demonstrated a strong commitment to food animal medicine, Penn Vet noted.
“The Commonwealth One Health Scholarship recognizes the important role of veterinarians in production agriculture,” said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, Ph.D., the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “We are thrilled to offer an array of scholarships to decrease student debt burden and recruit the best and brightest to Penn Vet. Allyson, Amy and Enoch were selected from a group of highly competitive applicants, and we look forward to watching them proudly serve Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry.”
The scholarship provides full tuition subsidy for four years at Penn Vet.
Penn Vet hopes more students can benefit from the scholarship in coming years.
“We are aiming for up to five [students] if we can find meritorious applicants (Pennsylvanians with excellent credentials and a demonstrated commitment to rural large animal practice in Pennsylvania),” Dr. Hendricks said. “In the long run, with sufficient funding, we would love to be able to make this offer to all who are going to be One Health leaders in any field, but for the present time, we are focusing on Pennsylvania rural large animal practice.”