A California pet-focused cannabidiol (CBD) company wants to help put veterinary students through school.
Last month, VETCBD Hemp announced the commencement of the application period for its inaugural Memorial Scholarship Program.
According to VETCBD Hemp, the program is for veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students nationwide.
VETCBD Hemp says the program gives back to the veterinary community and invests in the future of veterinary medicine and research.
Each $1,000 scholarship will go toward a student’s tuition, each named in honor of a much-loved companion animal in the VETCBD family.
VETCBD Hemp says the scholarships ensure the animals’ memories live on through the work of veterinarians and veterinarian technicians.
VETCBD Hemp founder and CEO Dr. Tim Shu says the inspiration for creating the first-of-its-kind scholarship marries cannabis and veterinary medicine.
Shu says the scholarship stemmed from the stigma surrounding cannabis in the veterinary space.
“Our goal is to change this stigma while continuing to invest in the health and wellbeing of animals,” says Shu. “In states such as Colorado, millions of dollars in scholarships have been funded through legal sales of cannabis, and at VETCBD, we want to directly support those who have dedicated themselves to helping animals live healthy lives.”
VETCBD says it will award six scholarships on a biannual basis to two veterinary students, two veterinary technician students, and two registered veterinary technicians with existing student debt.
According to VETCBD, applicant selections will be based on their ability to integrate, lift up their peers, create positive environments for teamwork, and exhibit compassion and empathy for their patients, clients, and peers.
Rules state that applicants must be nominated by a peer.
Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2021.
For more information on the VETCBD Hemp Memorial Scholarship Program, visit the official website.