Chosen from nearly 40 exceptional applicants, three distinguished veterinary students aspiring toward careers in equine medicine have been selected to receive $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded in December during the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 66th Annual Convention, taking place virtually.
The scholarship recipients, each of whom share a passion for performance horse medicine, are:
- Chelsea Folmar, Texas A&M University
- Kimberly Hildreth Martin, University of Pennsylvania
- Lindsay Seewald, Cornell University
“This scholarship allows me the freedom to pursue an equine internship and then residency in large animal internal medicine,” said Folmar, a first-generation college graduate. “This path can be more financially challenging, and this scholarship gives me the ability to hone my research potential, technical skills and communication abilities.”
Martin, whose clinical interests include surgery, sports medicine and diagnostic imaging, said the award will advance her goal of entering specialty practice. “This generous scholarship will provide a great deal of relief on student loan debt,” said Martin. “I plan on pursuing a residency following my internship after veterinary school and having a running start on paying back loans will allow reduced financial stress, ability to focus directly on my preliminary veterinary career and more flexibility to pursue specialty training.”
For Seewald, the award allows her to focus on her goal of becoming an equine orthopedic surgeon. “This scholarship has made a huge impact in terms of reducing my student loan debt, which gives me the financial flexibility to pursue a career based on my interests,” she said. “For me, that means completing an equine internship next year, hopefully followed by a large animal surgical residency. In addition, it means so much to know that the equine veterinary community is supportive of the next generation of equine veterinarians.”
Penelope Knight created the Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship in 2015. Since award of the first scholarships five years ago, 16 AAEP student members have benefited from a cumulative $1.275 million in assistance.
“With the help of The Foundation for the Horse, I am pleased to offer this great opportunity to benefit our next generation of veterinarians,” said Mrs. Knight. “Helping future veterinarians is one way I am able to support research and advancements of care for the horse in an industry that is dear to my heart.”
About Coyote Rock Ranch
Coyote Rock Ranch, owned by Penelope Knight and located in the beautiful high desert country of Central Oregon, is a breeding operation for high-end cutting horses. Committed to quality in everything they do, Coyote Rock Ranch has a reputation for breeding and raising well-bred Quarter Horses with the pedigree and care to become tomorrow’s champions. To learn more, visit www.coyoterockranch.com.
About The Foundation for the Horse
Established in 1994, The Foundation for the Horse is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the welfare of the horse through Education, Research, and Benevolence. Governed and stewarded by world-renowned equine veterinarians and equine stakeholders, The Foundation awards over $700,000 annually in scholarships and grants to impact equine health and well-being throughout the U.S. and developing countries. To learn more, visit www.foundationforthehorse.org.