Dr. Rustin M. Moore aims to help graduates of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University (WVU) further their educations.

In addition to being a member of the International Equine Veterinarian Hall Of Fame and the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni, Moore serves as the dean for Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

“My goal for establishing this scholarship is to support my undergraduate alma mater and to help financially support WVU students who transition to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine,” Moore said in a press release from the WVU Foundation. “Specifically, I’d like to help offset the out-of-state differential fee during their first year of veterinary school.”

Moore started the scholarship out of gratitude for his own undergraduate experience at WVU.

“I feel fortunate and blessed to have had an exceptional education at WVU and, specifically, from the (now) Davis College and its pre-veterinary program,” he says.

He went on to earn two doctorate degrees in veterinary medicine and philosophy from Ohio State.

“My goal is to help amazing students from my native state achieve their career aspirations by reducing their educational debt so they can have personal and professional success and satisfaction,” he says.