Dr. Deborah S. Patt, former owner of The Patt Veterinary Hospital in Gilbertsville, established the Boyertown Woman in Life Science Scholarship in 2004. Dr. Patt is a native of the Boyertown area and is the daughter of a veterinarian, which strongly influenced her choice of profession. She spent much of her time working in her father’s practice. She is a graduate of Boyertown High School, Albright College, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1978, she joined her father’s practice as a full-time associate veterinarian. In 1990, she assumed ownership of The Patt Veterinary Hospital. In 2016, she retired from practicing medicine. Dr. Patt is very interested in inspiring girls to pursue higher education in the life sciences, especially veterinary medicine, and wants to give something back to her community in which she has lived and worked all her life.
This scholarship is to be awarded to a female Boyertown Area Senior High School senior who intends to pursue a major in biology or the health sciences field. Preference will be given to students who intend to pursue a career in veterinary science; however, students who intend to pursue majors in medicine, dentistry, microbiology, biological research, medical research, or environmental studies are also eligible. Applicants must have obtained a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in high school.
Applications will be available for interested students to pick up at the Boyertown High School Counseling Office in February and March. Application deadline: April 1st.