Laura Michelotti of Rockville, Maryland, is the first recipient of the Tracy Kyle Small Animal Endowed Scholarship, which was awarded in April at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences annual reception.
“Receiving the Tracy Kyle Small Animal Endowed Scholarship means a great deal to me,
both financially and personally,” Michelotti said.
“This generous gift is allowing me to decrease my loans for the upcoming year and have less stress repaying loans after graduation when I’m trying to obtain an internship and residency.”
Growing up, Michelotti loved animals, science and creative problem solving.
“I have always wanted to be a veterinarian,” she added. “I have discovered a deep interest in ophthalmology as a specialty — an interest I think my pug, Rotini, and her plethora of eye problems has spurred along.”
Michelotti chose Oklahoma State University for her DVM degree because both the school and the town suited her needs.
“I really wanted to be on a campus with a sense of pride and community, which I feel Stillwater definitely has,” said Michelotti. “I am very glad I did pick OSU because of the amazing friends I have made and the quality of education I am receiving.”
Michelotti finished the first three years of the DVM curriculum and began her clinical and final year of veterinary college in May.
“Personally, I feel honored to have been selected for such an award at the culmination of my classroom education and entrance into clinical medicine.”
OSU’s veterinary center awards more than $542,270 in scholarships to 158 different veterinary students.