The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences celebrated generosity and academic achievement at this year’s Scholarship and Awards Luncheon on April 24 at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins. The annual luncheon brings together scholarship recipients and scholarship donors to share stories and receive recognition for their academic excellence and philanthropy.
“This is a time of celebration, to recognize the accomplishments of our students and the generosity of our donors,” said Dr. Lance Perryman, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “But it also is a time to acknowledge the growing importance scholarships hold for our students, particularly as economic, legislative, and policy considerations challenge higher education budgets.
“Scholarship funds for our students are even more appreciated and more needed than ever before. I want to thank each of our donors for their generosity and for their continuing support of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and our scholarship program.”
In the 2009-2010 academic year, the College distributed 431 scholarships and awards (up from 390 the previous year), with a total dollar amount of $1,482,438 (up from $1,463,158 last year). The Larry D. Johnson Family Scholarship is the College’s most recently endowed scholarship and the College has one new pending endowment, the DVM Class of 1974 Scholarship. New annual scholarships are the CSU Radiation Health Scholarship and DVM Class of 2013 Scholarship.
“As our nation looks toward the future with new investments in health and wellness, sustainable living, agriculture, and energy, it has become apparent that demand for graduates in the sciences will continue to rise,” said Dr. Perryman. “If we are to remain competitive in an international arena, we must do a better job of recruiting and retaining students in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. Scholarship support is a critical component of these efforts at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Colorado State University.”
For more information on the Scholarship Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, contact the Office of Development at (970) 491-0663 or visit www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/development.