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AAEP Foundation Awards $5,000 Oakwood Scholarships To Five Equine Veterinary Students

October, 22nd 2019

The AAEP Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Oakwood Scholarship:

• Alexis Daggett, University of Wisconsin, class of 2020

• Chelsea Folmar, Texas A&M University, class of 2021

• Kelsey Palsgaard, University of California, Davis, class of 2020

• Lindsay Seewald, Cornell University, class of 2021

• Ellen Staples, University of Florida, 2020

The Oakwood Scholarship, a program open to second- and third-year veterinary students pursuing a career in equine medicine and active within any of the AAEP’s 39 student chapters at colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean, is made possible by the generosity of Renee and John Grisham’s Oakwood Foundation Charitable Trust.

“I am thrilled to partner with the AAEP Foundation to offer this opportunity to benefit future equine veterinarians,” Mrs. Grisham said.

An avid horsewoman and strong advocate for horse health, Mrs. Grisham owns and operates Oakwood Farm in Covesville, Va., alongside her husband. Among the Grishams’ many philanthropic interests is a dedication to education.

“We are so thankful for the support of Renee and John Grisham,” said Dr. Rick Mitchell, AAEP Foundation Advisory Council chairman. “Their continued commitment to education and horse health is instrumental in helping the AAEP Foundation make an immediate impact in the lives of horses and the people who will ultimately care for them.”

The five recipients of the 2019 Oakwood Scholarship will be presented with their awards on Monday, Dec. 9 at the AAEP’s 65th Annual Convention in Denver, Colo., before the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to equine veterinary medicine. Students interested in applying must also have the support of AAEP members and their clinical instructors. For more information about this program and other scholarships offered through the AAEP Foundation, visit

About the AAEP Foundation

The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $6 million to support its mission. For more information, visit