The purpose of the AABP Foundation Amstutz Scholarship is to identify and support
the most superior students with a graduation year of 2025 or 2026 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 2024
The AABP and the Amstutz Scholarship Committee announce the availability
of scholarships for 2024. Amstutz Scholarships are funded by the AABP Foundation
Amstutz Scholarship Fund, AABP member donations, the Stampede 5K fun run, and the scholarship
auction at the AABP Annual Conference. In 2022, nine $10,500 scholarships were granted. 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 Columbus, OH, Sept. 12-14, 2024 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:
WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?
Completed electronic applications and two electronic letters of recommendation
must be received on the AABP website by, May 31, 2023, 5 pm EST.
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
Click here to submit an electronic application. The online application at this link consists of the following:
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, 2023, 5 pm EST. It is up to the applicant to verify
that letters of recommendation have been submitted. 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 Dr. Fred Gingrich in the AABP office.
Student applicants are responsible for ensuring reference letters are uploaded before the listed deadline. If letters of reference are not electronically submitted by the deadline, the application is considered incomplete and will be discarded. Applicants can check the status of their applications and track the submission of required materials, by logging on to the AABP website, go to the Students Menu and selecting Scholarship/Grant Portal.
Dr. Harold Amstutz - the Honoree
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
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
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
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.
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. Checks should be made to the AABP Foundation which administers the Amstutz Scholarship Funds. 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.
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