We are proud to announce the Dawn Stewart Memorial Scholarship as one of our flagship programs. This scholarship honors the legacy of Dawn Stewart, a passionate advocate for alpacas, and will provide financial assistance to aspiring large animal veterinarians with a specific focus on camelids. Scholarship funds will only be awarded to support education at U.S. based institutions.
- Purpose: Honor the legacy of Dawn Stewart, a dedicated alpaca advocate, by providing financial assistance to aspiring large animal veterinarians with a focus on camelids.
- Contribution: Livestock breeders throughout the United States are experiencing a shortage of large animal veterinarians. Further, there is a great need for veterinarians who specialize in the care of camelids, specifically alpacas.
- Commitment: The foundation is dedicated to continuous education for alpaca owners, breeders, and fiber enthusiasts, securing a promising future for the alpaca industry.
- Enrolled in the second, third, or fourth year of an accredited veterinary school.
- Demonstrate intent in camelid animal medicine, particularly alpacas.
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Full-time enrollment in a U.S.-based institution offering a camelid (Alpaca) program or relevant classes.
- Submission of résumé, two letters of reference (one from an animal health professor and one personal reference), proof of enrollment, transcript, and current GPA.
- Essay of up to 1000 words explaining passion for large animal nutrition and medicine, specifically the desire to serve the alpaca community.
- Complete the online application available on the National Alpaca Foundation's website.
- Submit résumé, letters of reference, proof of enrollment, transcript, and essay.
- Ensure all application materials are postmarked by May 1st.
Scholarships, totaling $3000 each, will be paid directly to the school in September.
If you are a veterinary student passionate about large animal medicine and committed to serving the alpaca community, the Dawn Stewart Memorial Scholarship is an opportunity to further your education and contribute to the well-being of camelids. Embrace this chance to make a positive impact on the alpaca and alpaca fiber industry while honoring the legacy of Dawn Stewart.