Board of Trustees Approves $100,000 College of Veterinary Medicine Fund

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Earlier this fall, the MSU Board of Trustees met to discuss varying topics that affect students and faculty at the school, including grants, budget and finances, academic affairs, and student life and culture.

According to a recently approved proposal, the FFE-MaryDee Sist DVM Scholarship Fund establishes a $100,000 fund as “an endowment to provide scholarship support for students” in the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

But who is allowed to submit an application for the scholarship? Is there any preference for a student?

The scholarship is for students enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine who have demonstrated financial need and are in good academic standing. The $100,000 for the fund will be transferred from “the University’s restricted gift account,” the proposal said, where additional gifts can be added to the fund. 

Interim President Teresa Woodruff said that the “motion carried” with a unanimous vote of 8-0 to approve the scholarship fund. The Trustees – Trustee Dianne Byrum, Trustee Dan Kelly, Trustee Sandy Pierce, Trustee Kelly Tebay, Trustee Dennis Denno, Trustee Renee Knake Jefferson, Trustee Brianna Scott, and Trustee Chair Rema Vassar – all seemed enthusiastic about the scholarship and how it can help students in the future.

“[This fund is] to provide scholarship support to the students in the College of Veterinary Medicine,” Trustee Chair Vassar said before voting to approve the bill.

This fund ensures that the scholarships are relevant to the student’s fields of study, helping to support their educational and career aspirations. The fund is important for a few reasons, from motivation to the background of Mary Dee. 

Dr. Mary Dee was a member of the “Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s endocrinology laboratory for 15 years and served as an independent consultant” for an additional two years. She stayed in Michigan after earning her B.S. and DVM at MSU by opening an animal care clinic in Williamston, Michigan. Because of this, it’s obvious that the scholarship will be awarded to students who are motivated in their work. 

Another aspect of the fund is a student who has “demonstrated financial need.” This scholarship can help alleviate the financial burden on the students who excel in school, enabling them to focus on their studies and professional development within the College of Veterinary Medicine field.

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