Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, has announced the awarding of two scholarships to students pursuing degrees in poultry science and veterinary medicine at an accredited college or university. The scholarships are presented in collaboration with the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) Foundation,

Introduced in 2016, the Elanco Memorial Scholarships honor the memory of past Elanco poultry veterinarians and scientists by supporting learning opportunities for future generations. Each year, one undergraduate student will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship, and a $3,000 scholarship will be presented to a veterinary student interested in poultry medicine.

According to Dr. Sara Steinlage, Technical Advisor at Elanco, the financial awards support Elanco’s commitment to leadership development in the poultry industry, as well as the continuing collaboration between Elanco and the AAAP Foundation.

“We are proud to honor the memories of Dr. Samantha Pohl and Dr. Ben Schlegal with these two scholarships,” said Steinlage. “Elanco was fortunate to have worked with these two individuals who cared deeply about the future of poultry production, and it is only fitting to remember them by providing learning opportunities to future industry leaders.”

Jeannett Clampitt of Shawnee, Kans, a senior at Iowa State University, received the $2,000 scholarship. After graduation, Clampitt plans to pursue a Ph.D. that focuses on enhancing animal welfare using fundamental animal production practices coupled with modern molecular techniques.


Dallas Mackenzie Clontz of Monroe, N.C., a first-year veterinary student at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the $3,000 scholarship. Upon completion of her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at NC State University, Clontz plans to complete a Masters of Avian Medicine at the University of Georgia.

Bob Bevans-Kerr, Executive Director, AAAP Foundation, said the awards recognize excellence in students pursuing careers in poultry health, well-being and food safety. “We are grateful to collaborate with Elanco to further our annual scholarship program,” he said. “The Elanco Memorial scholarships allow us to support and encourage the next generation of poultry industry leaders.”

Eric Graves, Elanco’s president of U.S. and Canada operations, added that organizations like the AAAP Foundation support Elanco’s mission to provide a safe and abundant food supply through increased innovative solutions. “Elanco is committed to supporting students who will help poultry producers meet the growing demand for protein in the years to come,” Graves said.

Additional information, including details on how to apply as well as scholarship criteria, is available at aaap.info/scholarships.