STILLWATER, Okla.—The Harold Wetterberg Foundation of New Jersey awarded Ms. Kaitlyn Bender, class of 2010 at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, a scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Bender, originally from Oceanport, N.J., applied earlier this year for the $5,000 scholarship, which is based on merit and academic excellence. Eligible applicants must be a current or former New Jersey resident enrolled in post-graduate education in veterinary medicine or currently enrolled in the second or third year of a DVM curriculum.
“I am incredibly grateful to the professors and veterinarians who took time out of their busy schedules to write letters of recommendation on my behalf,” smiles Bender. “I was very excited and honored when I learned that I had received some funding.”
According to the Wetterberg Foundation, the field of applicants was especially competitive this year. Veterinary students typically face in access of $108,000 of debt upon graduation with a DVM degree.
Bender is the daughter of Norman and Patricia Bender also of Oceanport. She has not finalized her career plans other than to indicate her desire to return to New Jersey to practice veterinary medicine.
The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is one of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States and is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. For more information, visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.