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June 01, 2021

Introducing the 2021 Oxbow Academic Scholarship Recipients

Oxbow Animal Health is excited to announce the recipients of its 2021 Academic Scholarships. The Oxbow Academic Scholarships provide annual financial support to students across the country pursuing education in the exotic and companion animal veterinary fields.

Oxbow scholarship winners are chosen for interest and involvement in the field of exotic animal health, excellence in the areas of academic achievement, and communication of future career goals and interests. 
Oxbow’s 2021 Academic Scholarship recipients are: 

Sydney Wellsandt - Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)
Nebraska High School Scholarship

Olivia Tardie - University of Maine (Augusta, ME)
Veterinary Technology Academic Scholarship

Jennifer Brei - Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI)
Veterinary Technology Academic Scholarship 

Jessie Dillon - The University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)
Undergraduate Academic Scholarship

Leonne Yu-Ton Chung - Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (East Lansing, MI)
Veterinary Medicine Academic Scholarship

“At Oxbow, we believe that knowledgeable, dedicated veterinary professionals make a world of difference for pets and their owners,” said Melissa Ross, Vice President of Marketing.  “That’s why we’re so proud to support the 2021 Oxbow Academic Scholarship recipients as they pursue the education that will empower them to make a difference in the lives of companion animals and the people who love them.”  

Sydney Wellsandt – Nebraska High School Scholarship
“I’m honored to receive this scholarship and have support from Oxbow Animal Health,” said Wellsandt.  “There’s comfort knowing that I have others in the animal industry supporting me as I continue my education. Receiving this scholarship allows me to pursue my future career at the school of my dreams.” 

Olivia Tardie – Veterinary Technology Academic Scholarship  
“I am so honored and thankful for being selected for the Oxbow Scholarship Program,” said Tardie.  “First, it targets students in the allied sciences of animal care.  This scholarship program also is available for college undergraduates.  To be a veterinary technician and work with animals has been my dream since childhood.  I can literally say I’m living the dream pursuing my education in Veterinary Sciences and working for a local veterinarian during my vacations.  I plan to give back to my community by earning my degree and returning to Aroostook County to pursue my career.” 

Jennifer Brei – Veterinary Technology Academic Scholarship  
“I am so honored that I was chosen as a recipient of this scholarship that I can use towards continuing my veterinary technician studies this fall," said Brei.  "I am looking forward to graduating the following spring and contributing to the field of exotic pet and wildlife medicine.  Thank you so much!”

Jessie Dillon – Undergraduate Academic Scholarship
“I am so excited, grateful, and honored to have received this scholarship,” said Dillon.  “I know it’s going to help me power through the rest of the semester and give me confidence in my abilities to apply for careers in the future. This scholarship also allows me the ability to continue with my higher education and pursuit of a degree in Animal Science.

Leonne Yu-Ton Chung – Veterinary Medicine Academic Scholarship
“I am so honored to be the 2021 Oxbow Animal Health Vet Med Scholarship Recipient," said Yu-Ton Chung.  "Many do not realize the amount of debt veterinary students face in pursuit of their passion in helping animals. Finding accessible and quality care is also a struggle for exotic pet owners. I am grateful for Oxbow always striving to not only help all the rabbits and pocket pets but finding ways to help those who champion for their health as well. I look towards a bright future where I can advocate for the wellbeing of small exotic mammals and provide accessible care for all.”

Learn more about Oxbow's Academic Scholarship Program.