First-year veterinary students at MU will be surprised by a $100 scholarship when they arrive this August.
The money — $7,200 divided among 72 students — comes from the Gentle Doctor Benefit held each April by the College of Veterinary Medicine.
This is the first year the college has given scholarships to all the first-year students.
Behind the decision to give the scholarships was a desire to increase the benefit’s visibility and to improve student involvement in it by letting students see its rewards, said Greg Jones, the college’s director of development and a benefit organizer.
Proceeds from this year’s Gentle Doctor Benefit, which included silent and live auctions, also helped the college reach a $100,000 goal for a scholarship endowment program, said Joe Kornegay, dean of the college.
The drive to reach the goal was launched six years ago when proceeds from the benefit began to be directed toward the scholarship.
This year’s benefit raised about $41,000.