The purpose of the Francis Welcome Memorial Scholarship is to support a superior 3rd year veterinary student
that demonstrates the character, knowledge and potential to become an outstanding dairy veterinarian upon
graduation. The scholarship provides a one time cash award, administered by the AABP Foundation, to use at
their discretion to provide them with unique educational experiences to maximize their preparation for their
The Francis Welcome Memorial Scholarship was created by the Welcome family to honor the memory of Dr. Francis (Frank)
Welcome. A longtime AABP member, Frank graduated from Michigan State University in 1971 after which he
relocated to upstate New York where he served as an associate with Cherry Valley Veterinary Associates for many
years. During this time he continued to further his education and training becoming diplomates to both the
American College of Theriogenologists as well as the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Dairy).
Frank spread his love of dairy medicine by mentoring numerous veterinary student externs, many of whom went
on to long careers in dairy practice. Frank also showed a dedication to client education, mastitis
prevention and herd health. In 2000 Frank transitioned to the second phase of his career, joining
Cornell's Quality Milk Production Service (QMPS) as a senior extension veterinarian. During his time with
QMPS Frank earned an MBA in agriculture from the University of Guelph. At QMPS Frank worked closely
with area dairy farmers. He traveled extensively speaking to veterinarians and farmers around the
world. Frank had a wealth of knowledge and experience from his many years in practice, which he
shared with colleagues and students as a friend and mentor. Although he formally retired in 2018,
Frank remained with QMPS on a part time basis. His kind, humble manner, a wonderful sense of humor
and an encyclopedic memory led many to seek his advice. Frank made time for everyone and loved more
than anything to talk about cows. Frank was an active AABP member and served on several
committees. He was an AABP Honor Roll member and a donor to both the Amstutz Scholarship Fund and AABP Foundation.
The award will consist of a one time cash scholarship of $1000. This award will be granted to a new recipient annually until such time as the endowment is exhausted.
Applicant Criteria (who may apply):
Application and selection process: