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Scholarships & Loan Benefits for Animal Lovers

dogcloseupIt appears that scholarship opportunities are opening up across the nation for every niche that you can think of. I was recently notified of an essay contest that provides a $1000 cash award for a high school student that writes a compelling essay promoting humane treatment of animals. The contest is open to high school and home schooled students under the age of 19 regardless of your nationality or country of residence. The contest is co-sponsored by the Animal Welfare Institute and the Palo Alto Humane Society. If this is something that you find of interest, you can submit an essay by March 31st here.

On another animal lover note, the USDA recently announced that they will be providing an education loan repayment program for veterinarians. Agriculture Secretary TomVilsack states that the USDA has taken the first step toward implementing a plan to address veterinary shortages throughout rural America by repaying the student loans of qualified veterinarians in return for their services in areas suffering from a lack of veterinarians.

The program will provide up to $25,000 per year per qualified veterinarian in loan repayment subsidies. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be administering the process and will begin accepting applications from veterinarians wishing to participate on April 30, 2010. You can find more information here.

What a great day for animal lovers. Have you hugged your dog today? 😉

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