New CVM diversity and inclusion scholarship

October 30, 2018

After the August 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ reported that 97.3 percent of veterinarians in the workforce in 2013 were white—the highest of any profession—many US veterinary medical colleges began taking steps to ensure that future veterinarians will look like the changing American population. The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine aims to become a leader in attracting students from marginalized backgrounds, or backgrounds that are underrepresented in veterinary medicine. Scholarships present an opportunity for a step toward this goal.

Dean Trevor Ames, DVM, MS, and the Administrative Council at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) have set a challenge around one important, new strategic fund: The CVM Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. If the College can raise $5,000 for the new CVM Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship—which will support both DVM and graduate program students—between now and Give to the Max Day on November 15, the Administrative Council will give an additional $2,500 to the fund.  

Students touch every corner of the CVM and the College has set high goals for making our student population more diverse, and our college-wide culture more inclusive. This fund will help recruit and retain students of diverse backgrounds in the DVM program and in our graduate education programs.

If you have any questions about the CVM Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship, please contact Bill Venne, director of development and alumni relations, at