California-based, veterinarian-founded cannabis company VETCBD Hemp is offering scholarships for veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students. VETCBD CEO Dr. Tim Shu said the scholarship is the “first-of-its-kind” and “stemmed from cannabis traditionally being stigmatized in the veterinary space.”
“Our goal is to change this stigma while continuing to invest in the health and wellbeing of animals. In states such as Colorado, millions of dollars in scholarships have been funded through legal sales of cannabis, and at VETCBD, we want to directly support those who have dedicated themselves to helping animals live healthy lives.”—Shu in a press release
The program will see six $1,000 scholarships awarded biannually which will be put toward a student’s tuition. The scholarships, named in honor of a companion animal in the VETCBD family, will be awarded to two veterinary students, two veterinary technician students, and two registered veterinary technicians with existing student debt. Applicants must be 21-or-older.
Applicants must be nominated by their peers by October 1. The scoring is based on the nominee’s history of, and commitment to, creating positive environments for teamwork; nominee’s history of, and commitment to, integrating and lifting up their peers, and nominee’s history of, and commitment to, exhibiting compassion and empathy for their patients, clients, and peers, according to the program rules.
In May, VETCBD announced a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society to provide its products to Best Friends and its partners.
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