VASCI, CNS and UMASS Scholarship Information

Scholarships and Awards for Pre-Veterinary Science and Animal Science Undergraduates

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and the College of Natural Sciences offer a variety of scholarships and awards to recognize the hard work and academic success of our students, assist students with the expense of their education, and support student research and internships. The majority of these scholarships and awards are funded through the generosity of alumni and other members of the CNS community. We encourage all current Pre-Veterinary Science and Animal Science students to apply.

How to apply

The university has implemented AcademicWorks, an online application system for scholarships offered at UMass Amherst. Simply enroll in AcademicWorks, fill out both the UMass general application and the CNS application. The system will automatically submit your application to the scholarships and awards for which you are fully eligible and will inform you of other scholarships for which you would need to supply additional materials to apply.

Enroll in AcademicWorks

Go to the AcademicWorks webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.

  • Complete both the general application and the CNS application. The system will show if you are eligible for scholarships that require additional application materials.
  • Click on each scholarship link and upload any required supplementary materials (such as resumes or faculty recommendations).
  • Submit your application and check your dashboard to see the status of any pending and submitted applications.

Email acadworks [at] umass [dot] edu if you have any questions.

Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department Scholarships

Anthony Borton Equine Studies Scholarship
The Anthony Borton Equine Studies Scholarship, established in honor of the former professor and program director, provides stipends for undergraduate students in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences who have an interest in equine studies.  Award is based on need and merit.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

Byron E. Colby Scholarship
The Byron E. Colby Scholarship, established in honor of the late professor, provides awards for animal science majors. The recipients will be chosen based on scholarship and need.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

Equine Studies Program Endowment
The Equine Studies Program Endowment was established to support equine studies, primarily through graduate training, research, and outreach. The endowment provides graduate student stipends and funding for graduate and undergraduate research in equine-related studies. Students must be in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

Jay A. Pirog Scholarship (Veterinary and Animal Sciences)
The Jay A. Pirog Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Joseph Pirog by his mother and the proceeds of a fundraiser sponsored by WITT/WRNX radio after Jay was killed in an apartment fire. The scholarship supports one undergraduate major in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences with financial need and a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

R.C. Foley Scholarship
The R. C. Foley Scholarship, established by the bequest of the late Professor Foley, is awarded to a senior majoring in Veterinary and Animal Sciences who ranks academically in the top 20 percent of departmental seniors on the basis of three years work all taken at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and who has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and high character. The award is merit based.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

V.A. Rice Scholarship
The V.A. Rice Scholarship was created in honor of Professor Rice at the time of his retirement from the university. The scholarship is awarded to worthy students majoring in animal science or pre-veterinary science in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. The award is merit based.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

William P. Brooks, William B. Drew and Shirley Upton-Drew Memorial Fund
The William P. Brooks, William B. Drew and Shirley Upton-Drew Memorial Fund was established in memory of alumni Brooks (class of 1875), Drew (class of 1930) and Upton-Drew (class of 1931). The Fund supports an annual scholarship for one or more undergraduate students in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences who have an interest in equine studies.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019

Richard E. and Isabelle M. Nilsson Scholarship
The Richard E. and Isabelle M. Nilsson Scholarship is awarded to one or more undergraduate students in the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department or the Food Sciences Department. Selection of recipients will be based on financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Mr. Nilsson ’48AS, ’51, established the scholarship, and family and friends brought it to the endowment level after his death.
     Award: Varies
     Deadline: 04/30/2019