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ABOUT THE AABP AMSTUTZ SCHOLARSHIP

PURPOSE

The purpose of the AABP Amstutz Scholarship is to identify and support the most superior students in the 2nd year of veterinary school that demonstrate the character, knowledge, experience, motivation, and potential to become outstanding bovine veterinarians in the United States and Canada, prepared to meet the needs of the 21st century. The scholarship provides them with a one-time cash award to be used at their discretion to provide them with unique educational experiences to maximize their preparation for the future.

AMSTUTZ SCHOLARSHIPS IN 2017

The AABP and the Amstutz Scholarship Committee announce the availability of scholarships for 2017. Amstutz Scholarships are funded by the AABP Amstutz Scholarship Fund, AABP member donations, and the annual scholarship auction at the AABP Annual Conference. In addition Elanco Animal Health has generously supported the program for the past 20 years. In 2016, seven $7,500 scholarships were granted to American and Canadian veterinary students. The Scholarship Committee determines the dollar amount of the scholarships and the number to be granted each year. Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to attend the AABP Annual Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, September, 14-16, 2017 to receive their awards in person. The funds are presented to those Amstutz Scholarship recipients attending the Annual Conference, but their attendance is not mandatory to receive the funds.

WHO MAY APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a student AABP member.
  2. Be enrolled in a college/school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA Council on Education. For a list of AVMA accredited colleges/schools click here.
  3. Be in the second year (will graduate in 2019) of the veterinary curriculum at the time of application. Students enrolled in other years of the curriculum are not eligible to apply.
  4. Intend to engage in bovine veterinary medicine in the United States or Canada after graduation.

WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?

Completed electronic applications and two electronic letters of recommendation must be received on the AABP website by midnight May 31.

WHAT CRITERIA DOES THE COMMITTEE USE TO SELECT AMSTUTZ SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS?

The committee evaluates the character, knowledge, experience, motivation, and potential of each applicant to become an outstanding bovine veterinarian in the United States and Canada. The evaluation is based on information from the electronic application about the student's experiences, academic achievements, and extracurricular activities. The applicant's ability to provide written answers to two essay questions is also evaluated. Information on the applicant is also evaluated from two required electronic letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an AABP member on the faculty of the student's veterinary school.

AMSTUTZ SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION - 2017

Click here to submit an electronic application. The online application at this link consists of the following:

  1. Name, contact information, and veterinary school details. Ensure that the email and phone numbers provided will be current and monitored during the summer months when the scholarships are announced.
  2. Current cumulative veterinary school GPA through December, 2016 and current class rank (i.e. 5th out of a class of 110 should be submitted as 5/110). If GPA is not calculated at your school, class rank only will be adequate. DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPTS. Note: The AABP office may verify class rank/GPA. Applicants must download, sign and return the Application Certification PDF.
  3. A biographical narrative of your background and interest in the cattle industry, animal agriculture, and veterinary medicine. Discuss factors that stimulated your interest and involvement in bovine medicine, your academic background and interests, and your extracurricular activities, including your participation in areas other than in agriculture/veterinary medicine that may help the committee get to know you. (LIMIT: 2,500 characters or less, including spaces - approximately 500 words).
  4. Describe your plans following graduation from veterinary school to become part of bovine veterinary medicine in the United States or Canada (LIMIT: 2,500 characters or less, including spaces - approximately 500 words).
  5. List all scholarships/loans/grants/other financial support awards you have received while in veterinary school.
  6. Answer the first essay question (LIMIT: 2,500 characters or less, including spaces - approximately 500 words): Identify the most challenging issue facing food animal veterinary medicine. Justify your selection and propose a solution.
  7. Answer the second essay question (LIMIT: 2,500 characters or less, including spaces - approximately 500 words): Define and discuss sustainability as it relates to either beef OR dairy practice.
  8. If selected as an AABP Amstutz scholarship recipient, how do you plan to use the money from the award? (LIMIT: 500 characters or less, including spaces)
  9. Two electronic letters of recommendation are mandatory for your application to be considered. These should be from persons who can provide information on your worthiness for an Amstutz Scholarship award. An additional mandatory requirement is for at least one of the two letters of recommendation to be written by an AABP member on faculty at your veterinary school. Failure to have two letters, as described, will disqualify your application. Please ask the persons submitting a letter of recommendation to return to this page (About the AABP Amstutz Scholarship) and click on Letters of Recommendation to submit a letter of recommendation for you. They must submit their letters electronically not later than than May 31.

Your completed electronic application and two letters of recommendation must be received electronically through the AABP web site (aabp.org) no later than May 31. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Previously entered applications can be reviewed or edited here.

Following an electronic submission, an applicant should receive an electronic reply to the email address indicated in the application which confirms electronic receipt of the application. If email confirmation is not received within one working day, please contact the AABP Office.

AABP
1130 East Main St. Ste. 302
Ashland, OH 44805

Phone: 1-419-496-0685
Fax: 1-419-496-0697

E-mail: aabphq@aabp.org

This Scholarship Fund is named to honor the unique leadership role of Dr. Harold E. Amstutz in the maturation and development of national and international organizations in the area of bovine veterinary practice. A native of Barrs Mill, Ohio, Amstutz received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1942. He was awarded his D.V.M. three years later from the same institution. He practiced briefly before becoming an instructor in veterinary medicine at his alma mater, becoming a professor in 1957. In 1961 he became Department Head of the veterinary clinics at Purdue University's new veterinary school. He retired from full-time teaching at Purdue in 1989.

After the founding of AABP in 1965, Amstutz carried two full loads, one in academia and the other with AABP, excelling in each. He was AABP's first Executive Vice President, previously serving as secretary-treasurer. Though the title has changed through the years, Amstutz's service did not. He was the one responsible for the grunt work of the organization, the details; he provided the glue. He retired from the position on November 1, 1993.

Dr. Amstutz was widely recognized as an authority on bovine diseases with special interest in bovine lameness and respiratory diseases. He presented his work to many national and international groups and served widely as a consultant throughout the United States. He won numerous awards, including the Borden Award in national recognition for outstanding research in dairy cattle diseases and the National Gamma Award from Omega Tau Sigma veterinary medical fraternity. In 1986 the American Association of Bovine Practitioners established the Amstutz-Williams Award in honor of Harold E. Amstutz and Eric J. Williams to recognize the long and distinguished service of the two honorees. Drs. Amstutz and Williams were the first recipients of this award.

Dr. Amstutz was a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, honorary president of the World Association of Buiatrics, past Executive Vice President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, member of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Amstutz served a major role in international veterinary medicine. He served the World Association of Buiatrics as first vice president (1966-1972), president (1972-1984), and honorary president from 1984. He played an important part in organizing eight international meetings of the World Association of Buiatrics.

Dr. Amstutz was chairman of the organizing committee of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine that succeeded in gaining recognition of the Specialty Board by the AVMA on July 17, 1972. He wrote the first draft of the constitution and By-Laws of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and was the first president of the college. His conviction that a broadly-based clinical discipline deserved recognition as a specialty by the AVMA was justified since it currently has the second highest number of active members of the 17 specialty organizations recognized by the AVMA.

Dr. Amstutz was elected secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in 1966 when the membership totaled 250 and the organization's finances were under severe stress. Under his management, the membership grew to 5,000 and the annual budget exceeded $500,000. In 1989 he was appointed the first Executive Vice President of the AABP. Much of the success and growth of the organization was due to the dedication of Dr. Amstutz. He had major responsibilities for the annual meetings, from recommending sites for future meetings to taking care of the myriad of details that arise during the meeting. For over 20 years Dr. Amstutz edited and published a very well respected monthly newsletter for the membership. He was an alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates for the AABP from 1969 until 1994. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Bovine Practitioner, official publication of AABP.

Dr. Amstutz served on the Board of Editors for the Merck Veterinary Manual for many years. He was editor of Bovine Medicine and Surgery and wrote chapters for many other veterinary texts.

He served unselfishly on many important committees at Purdue, including Admissions and Curriculum. He donated funds in 1988 to the SVM to establish the Amstutz Bovine Proficiency Award for students interested in bovine practice.

Harold E. Amstutz, DVM, was awarded the Alumni Faculty Award at Purdue University for Excellence and retired with the title of Professor Emeritus in 1989. He received the inaugural Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame award in 2011. Dr. Amstutz passed away June 11, 2013 at the age of 93.


AABP Amstutz Scholarship - DONATION INFORMATION

To accomplish the AABP Amstutz Scholarship goals, AABP needs donations from the members and friends. This tax deductible contribution can be made at any time to the AABP office. There is a space on the membership renewal form, as well as the annual meeting registration form, for your voluntary contribution for this important AABP Amstutz Scholarship Fund. A receipt for your donation will be sent from the AABP for tax deduction purposes.

AABP OFFICE Address:

AABP
1130 Main St. Ste. 302
Ashland, OH 44805
Phone: 419-496-0685
FAX: 419-496-0697
Email:
aabphq@aabp.org

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