Boehringer Ingelheim CARES Foundation Ignites a Brighter Future in Vet Med with a $500,000 Scholarship Pledge to Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

DULUTH, Ga., June 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boehringer Ingelheim CARES Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, is lighting the path to a more diverse future in veterinary medicine with a pledge of $500,000 in scholarship funds to the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM). This commitment will provide a $25,000 annual scholarship to one incoming student each year, significantly reducing the financial burden that often hinders diverse students from pursuing their veterinary dreams.

The Boehringer Ingelheim CARES Foundation's Financial Contributions Program provides charitable funding to nonprofit programs in communities where employees live and work that improve access to human and animal healthcare, enhance STEM education and strengthen the human-animal bond with a focus on helping the underserved.

"When it comes to veterinary medicine, diversity leads to access to care," said Rob Anderson, President of the Boehringer CARES Foundation. "It creates opportunities in underserved areas and populations, ensuring better, healthier outcomes for animals and the humans who care for them. As a foundation, we understand the importance of the human-animal bond, and we know the kind of positive impact this scholarship can have on our communities."

Randolph Legg, President and Head of Commercial Animal Health Business, Boehringer Ingelheim, highlighted the importance of this initiative. "Veterinary medicine in the United States is one of the least racially and ethnically diverse fields. Financial barriers are a significant part of the challenge," he said. "Our partnership with Tuskegee University is a bold stride towards breaking down these barriers and fostering the success of diverse students passionate about veterinary medicine."

Tuskegee University stands as the only Historically Black College or University offering a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, producing more than 70 percent of all African American veterinarians in the United States. This partnership underscores Boehringer's commitment to fostering diversity in the veterinary profession by making the profession more accessible to diverse communities.

This scholarship is not the only way Boehringer is nurturing its relationship with Tuskegee University. Throughout the year, the company plays an active role on campus by hosting events to build brand awareness, participating in career fairs to spotlight opportunities at Boehringer and offering an elective course called "Advancing Human and Animal Health" for undergraduate students interested in the animal health industry.

Through this significant pledge and ongoing partnership with Tuskegee University, Boehringer continues to demonstrate its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for the animal health industry.

"The TUCVM appreciates the intentional and impactful partnership we have with The Boehringer Ingelheim CARES Foundation," said Dr. Ruby L. Perry, Dean of the College. "This notable $500,000 pledge in scholarships to our students aligns with the mission and vision of our college to sustain the legacy of training and educating underrepresented minorities as veterinarians in the veterinary profession."

"The TUCVM also appreciates Boehringer's focus on increasing diversity in the animal health industry and the commitment of a $25,000 annual scholarship to one incoming veterinary student each year shows the purposeful relationship of The Boehringer Ingelheim CARES Foundation to supporting veterinary medical education," Perry concludes.

Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Press Release