The TVMF Emergency Veterinary Student Grant is intended to help meet the financial needs of first through fourth year veterinary students enrolled at Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine.
The student emergency fund exists to provide financial support when a verified emergency has impacted a student's health, safety, or wellbeing. An emergency is an urgent, sudden, and serious event that necessitates immediate action.
Situations eligible for funding include such events as:
- Medical, dental or mental health emergencies for the student
- i.e. required uninsured medical treatment or follow up medical care; prescription eyeglasses or essential dental work
- Major accidents and events such as fire and natural disasters
- Expenses related to the death of an immediate family member*
- i.e. travel home for serious illness or death in the immediate family*
- Documented theft of books and other essential academic or personal belongings
- An unanticipated loss of a job in mid-semester resulting in a lack of funds to meet necessary school expenses (Funds will be deposited into the student’s veterinary school scholarship account)
- Unexpected commutation costs because of injury or illness or other unforeseen circumstance
- Victims of domestic violence
- Safety-related needs (e.g. lock change, emergency shelter, etc)
Emergency Veterinary Student Grants cannot support routine expenses such as:
- Car repairs and general maintenance
- Pet related expenses
- Budgeted/On-going expenses (car note, subscriptions, etc.)
- Technology needs such as Wi-Fi or software
*The immediate family consists of an student’s spouse or other qualified adult; the son, daughter, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister (or the spouse of any of them), of either the student, the student’s spouse, the other qualified adult or any other related person living in the student’s household.
Veterinary students are limited to two (2) Emergency Fund grants per their four-year veterinary school academic career. Students on an approved leave of absence are eligible if they were in good academic standing at the beginning of the period of leave and have an approved plan for their return to active study at the conclusion of the leave.
- Is subject to available funding
- Is limited to up to $1,000 per student per academic year unless a special exemption is provided by the CEO and/or the appointed designee
- Is limited to one grant per student per academic year, unless a special exemption is provided by the CEO and/or the appointed designee
Applications from students are reviewed on a rolling basis once the application is complete.
- Application attachments:
- Brief statement describing the emergency situation or one-time, unusual or unforeseen expense and the total dollar amount of emergency funds being requested.
- Budget detailing the amount of emergency funding requested, a list of the specific expenses to be covered by the award, and your financial situation including sources of income and other available funding.
- Letter of support for the emergency student grant request from the veterinary school's Dean's office.
- The TVMF Grant Committee will review all applications and grant proposals. The applying veterinary student must be reachable during the review process in the event of additional questions.
Notification of grant awards are made directly by the TVMF Director and/or appointed designee within three business days (Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays) of receiving the application.
Questions? Contact Leah Ann Tibbitts, COO, at 512-452-4224 or Ltibbitts@tvma.org.