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Inguz Memorial Scholarship

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1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Mar 31, 2024
Winners Announced
Apr 30, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior or undergraduate student
3.0 or higher
Field of Study:
Animal science, veterinary medicine, or other related fields

The professionals who spend their lives caring for and raising animals are unsung heroes of the healthcare industry, keeping our furry friends healthy and happy.

However, the extensive education required to enter the veterinary field comes at a high cost, which is inaccessible for many students with limited financial resources. Ensuring the success of the veterinary industry requires providing ample support to bright students who need funding in order to stay in school.

This scholarship aims to support students who will be pursuing careers in animal science, veterinary medicine or other related fields so they can go on to make their mark in the field.

Any high school senior or undergraduate student who is pursuing animal science, veterinary medicine, or other related fields with at least a 3.0 GPA may apply for this scholarship, but applicants with volunteering experience or a background in 4H, FFA, vet society, or a related club are preferred.

To apply, tell us about yourself, what your favorite animal is, and how your experiences with animals have inspired you to pursue a career in animal or veterinary science.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Passion
Published December 6, 2023
Essay Topic

Tell us about yourself and answer the following questions: What is your favorite animal? How have your interactions with animals influenced your choice to pursue a career centered around them?

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

April 2024

Krystal Vasey
Jalyn Pinto
Makayla Stewart
Samantha Cooper
Jasmine McKnight
Ava Alova
Peyton Blanchard
Hannah Brown
Elizabeth Bankert
Emma Register
Gracie Spiker
Alexandrya Davis
Brandi Carrillo
Olivia Joyner
Eva Ward
Gabriella Scruggs
Isabelle Mierau
Elleigh Campbell
Carly Olson
Sophia Saurino
Tessa Eash
Kennedy Surratt
Caroline Vogel
Ayla Kinzer
Carlee Ready
Michael Cisneros
Alyssa Jaglowski
Isabelle Dietzler
Anna Minich
Milo Wright
lindsey gooch
Gabby Clark
Willow McPeek
Gabriel Marra-Perrault
Jaycee McLain
Klytie Turner
Lily Wiechman
Sofia Deering
Thomas Egbert
bonnie briscoe
Jacqueline Gayden

Winning Application

Brooke Hilgenkamp
Arlington High SchoolARLINGTON, NE
There’s no question that cows have my heart. It is easy to see why, considering I have grown up on a commercial dairy farm. There has always just been something about their deep brown eyes and generally, easy demeanor that has drawn me in. I love standing in the middle of a lot and waiting for the curious calves to come up slowly, inch by inch, wondering what this strange creature is in their home. I cannot help but laugh at the tickle of their tongue when they lick me but run away once I make a noise. Each animal has an individual personality, some are mellow while others have a wild streak that will send you flying for the gate if you do not feed them fast enough. They are animals that I learn something new with every time I am around them and I am sure I will spend the rest of my life trying to figure them out. Because of this early upbringing and my love for cattle, I quickly became heavily involved in 4-H. Every summer, I would bring my show calves to my house and spend the hot nights walking and washing them. So far, it is the best form of stress relief I have found. I learned discipline and how to not give up even when the calf will not work. I continued to further my involvement in agricultural organizations when I joined FFA in eighth grade. There, I was able to show my animals on a different level while also competing in different animal-centered events. So far, my favorite FFA events have been livestock judging, veterinary science, and livestock management. These events have taught me so many skills, from how to restrain animals in a clinical setting, herd management, and how to evaluate the quality of livestock. They have given me a different perspective on the agricultural industry from the small agricultural bubble I grew up in with cattle and crops. It never took much extra influence or experience to convince myself I wanted to be a veterinarian. From the age of five, I had already declared I would be a veterinarian, much to the credit of growing up on a farm and our large animal veterinarian. He was honest with me about the challenges of being a veterinarian, but also how rewarding it was. Now, he is one of the main reasons I was able to earn acceptance to the Veterinary Scholars Early Admission Program at the Kansas State Veterinary College, saving me a spot in the veterinary program once I complete two years of undergraduate studies. But an interaction that solidified my want to be a veterinarian was the loss of my beloved cow, my relationship with I could only describe as a soul connection. She was the calf out of an earlier show cow, and she showed me how much love a cow can give you. When we were in the show ring it was like no one else was there. But later, she got sick, with lung abscesses. I was forced to watch her slowly deteriorate, knowing I could not do anything. For all she had done for me, I could not save her. That was the hardest part. It solidified my desire to be a veterinarian, if not to save her, to at least ease her suffering. So one day I can help the helpless little girl who just wants to save her best friend and give her peace knowing she did everything possible, and in the end, to know that she did the right thing.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 31, 2024. Winners will be announced on Apr 30, 2024.

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