Fall 2020 Empower Scholars

Chamberlain University Scholarship Recipients
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Recipients

Chamberlain University Scholarship Recipients

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Equality in Education Scholarship
Kalkidan Chekol

I am sincerely privileged to have been selected as the recipient of the Empower Scholarship Fund.  Thank you for your kindness, which will allow me to continue my education and become a nurse.

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Equality in Education Scholarship
Ashleigh Grimes

It is such an honor and a blessing to be among the first to receive this award from Chamberlain.  As a black woman, it means a lot to know my school and future alma mater is investing in the education for African American students who will one day become leaders in the health care field.  By receiving this scholarship, my financial burdens have been decreased drastically.  With your contributions, I now have the opportunity of fulfilling my dreams of becoming a nurse and touching so many lives in a positive way.

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Equality in Education Scholarship
Cyera James

Words can't express how excited I am to be an Empower Scholar.  This is my first scholarship and I am more than grateful.  I plan to graduate in November 2023 with a BSN.  While I attend Chamberlain I have a position at a local hospital to help pay for my tuition.  It's not always easy to juggle school, work and being a single parent.  When I graduate, I plan to use what I have learned to make a difference in people's lives, the same way you have made a difference in mine.

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Equality in Education Scholarship
Nastassia Ligon

I am writing to thank you for this generous scholarship.  I was very excited and appreciative to learn that I was selected.  By awarding me this scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning.  Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to my community.  

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Equality in Education Scholarship
Hephemie Minasian

My heart is full.  I am eternally grateful for receiving this prestigious scholarship and I have to be honest, this award has completely made me emotional.  Coming from a family where I will be the first-generation college graduate show me that life has its flowers.  We just have to make it bloom through our hard work and perseverance.  I will continue to work hard in school and inspire young women that they can be whatever they are destined to by and keep encouraging others to find their light in this world.

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Recipients

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Blue Buffalo Foundation Joyce Novotny Memorial Scholarship
Zoryan Rodriguez

I am humbled to be selected for such an amazing scholarship. Thank you to all those who made this a reality! Thanks to this, you have helped lift part of the financial burden I face as a veterinary student. I am now heading into my clinical year and next November will be taking the NAVLE and hopefully become Dr. Rodriguez. New experiences and adventures await me this upcoming year and now you are a part of that journey. Thank you again for your generosity!

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Dr. The Pet Experts Veterinary Scholarship
Kierra Watson

Thank you for selecting me as the 2020 recipient of the Pet Experts Veterinary Scholarship! With tough times due to COVID I am so happy to have received a scholarship! Being a 3rd semester student, the beginning of my veterinary journey started with an abrupt departure from St. Kitts due to the pandemic. I am grateful to continue to be on track for my DVM and have some financial relief. Thank you again for your generality and support of my journey to becoming a DVM.

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The Pet Experts Veterinary Scholarship
Elizabeth Krueger

I am truly honored to have been chosen to receive this award. With this amazing opportunity I will be able to access previously unattainable resources to now better myself as a student, and above all, better myself as a doctor.

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Kristen Giannantonio

The Pet Experts Veterinary Scholarship

Thank you so much to The Pet Experts for graciously awarding me The Pet Experts Veterinary Scholarship! This is my biggest accomplishment to date and I could not be more grateful to have been chosen for this award. This money will fund my education today, so I can become a veterinarian tomorrow!

The Kremer Veterinary Scholarship

Thank you so much for choosing to award me one of the Kremer Veterinary Services Scholarships. This particular scholarship means a lot to me because I have family in both Chicago and Ohio. Dr. Kremer and community, I would like you all to know that as a veterinary student, the work your community does inspires me and I am proud to have been chosen as worthy to represent Kremer Veterinary Services through this award. I will be forever grateful for the generous contribution towards my education. This contribution will help me on my mission to be the best veterinarian I can be!

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The Kremer Veterinary Services Scholarship
Sabrina Hirschi

Thank you to Kremer Veterinary Services for this award and for supporting veterinary students on their educational journey. This scholarship means so much to me and I really appreciate the contribution towards my education.

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The Kremer Veterinary Services Scholarship
Hannah Hoffeditz

I would like to thank Kremer Veterinary Services for sponsoring this scholarship. I am so humbled and extremely grateful to be selected as the recipient for this fall cycle. This scholarship will help me to continue chasing my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Thank you for supporting veterinary students as we continue to chase our dreams.

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Howard Design Group Veterinary Scholarship Scholarship
Amanda Rooney

I very much appreciate being selected as the recipient of this award. I’m a veterinary student who took on a large debt to acquire the skills to help society in the best way I knew how. This scholarship will help me offset the cost of tuition and alleviate the financial burden associated with higher education. I’ve always had a passion for small animal and equine medicine, and vet school has sparked my interest in public health & epidemiology, as well. I’m not sure where my career will take me but I’m very happy with the journey I’m on. Thank you again to the Howard Design Group for awarding me the scholarship. This award is an inspiration and reminder to keep doing my best. I hope to give back to the veterinary community in the future, as you have done for me.

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Dr. Jeremy Buishas Veterinary Scholarship
Jacklin Pletcher

Dear Dr. Jeremy Buishas, Scholarships like yours are very important as they provide encouragement to veterinary students to continue their hard work and diligent studies as well as it enables veterinarians to enter the workforce with a reduced amount of debt. I am sincerely grateful and honored to be the recipient of your scholarship and I promise to use this award as motivation to finish my last few semesters of veterinary school with excellence.

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Dr. Jeremy Buishas Scholarship
Kristen Finger

I am so appreciative and thankful to have been selected for receive the Dr. Jeremy Buishas Veterinary Scholarship. This scholarship will have a great impact as I continue my education in becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine! I am entering into my 5th semester at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and I aspire to eventually specialize in marine mammal medicine. I am hoping to match for a residency program soon after graduating with my DVM. My ultimate goal is to open my own mobile practice which would give me the ability to travel to different facilities. Your scholarship will truly allow me to maintain a better focus on my studies, as I have had to work while attending school in order to offset some of the tuition costs. I cannot express my gratitude enough for your support as I chase my dreams.

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Dr. Arlene Rodriguez Veterinary Scholarship
Nataliya Musiy

This award means so much to me! It is a token of acknowledgement of my efforts and great encouragement to keep up the hard work. Thank you so much to Dr. Arlene Rodriguez and the Empower Scholarship Fund for this award. It is an absolute honor. Being acknowledged is one of the simplest ways to make someone feel appreciated and I thank you for that.

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Dr. Arlene Rodriguez Veterinary Scholarship
Aubryana Nagora

Thanks to your generous support, I feel that I am one step closer to achieving my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. This award is very meaningful not only financially, but emotionally as well, as it has strengthened my belief in myself. Thank you so much for helping a Rossie like me achieve my dreams!!!

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Dr. John Coyne Veterinary Scholarship
Kaitlyn Davis

Thank you so much for this generous award! Receiving this scholarship gives me such a great drive to continue pushing forward in my third year of veterinary school and into my clinical year. Ihope to one day reach my goals and have the means to assist veterinary students as Dr. John Coyne has done for me.

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Dr. John Coyne Veterinary Scholarship
Hannah Bohbot

I want to thank Dr. John Coyne for this veterinary scholarship. I am grateful to be able to use this money to further my knowledge and become the best vet that I can be! It makes a world of difference, and I hope one day to be able to help another veterinary student to pay it forward.