Created in 2015 as a scholarship fund to honor the memory of David “DJ” Hilton, students from the Class of 2018, successfully raised $64,000 within one year of its creation—surpassing the $50,000 requirement for it to reach endowment status. At The Ohio State University Board of Trustees meeting April 7, 2017, the David J. Hilton Endowed Memorial Scholarship was established.
The scholarship will support a second-year student pursuing a veterinary degree who displays a passion for helping others, specifically in the field of health and wellness. Although subsequent recipients will be second-year students, a member of DJ’s class, Elspeth Holder, was named as the inaugural recipient for the scholarship during the Class of 2018 White Coat Ceremony on April 30, 2017. "This scholarship will create a lasting impact for future students in our beloved College of Veterinary Medicine in David’s loving memory and it will keep his memory alive and well in perpetuity," said Dean Moore.
Elspeth is interested in mixed-animal practice and in veterinary public health. Currently active in several clubs within the college, she is also a Peer Tutor, Summer Research Scholar and has served as the President of Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity. Her long-term goal is to work with communities in developing countries to improve the health and welfare of both companion and food animals.