Endowed Scholarships & Fellowships
Vercil Senseman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Vercil Senseman was born September 3, 1930 in Ohio and his family moved to Fort Meyers in 1940. He attended Fort Meyers High School where he met his wife, Lois Ann Senseman. He then attended the University of Florida where he earned his bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 1958. He also graduated from Auburn University in 1962 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
After receiving that degree, he and Lois Ann moved to North Fort Myers with their first child. On March 3, 1963, he opened North Shore Animal Hospital and was one of the founders of the Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Fort Myers. Senseman was also a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Society and Lee County Humane Society.
Senseman was known by friends as a "southern gentleman" whose interests included the Marine Corps, which he left in 1954 and wore the uniform of at his wedding, and collecting Civil War memorabilia. He had collected so much memorabilia in his later years that he actually opened up a personal museum. He called it the Rebel's Roust. He was also founder of the Canterbury School and the Fort Meyer's Civil War Round Table.
Senseman passed away May 1, 2006 and his survived by his five children, Dr. Karen J. Griffis, who earned her master's degree in Animal Science from UF in 1989; Dr. Sharon J. Powell, who earned a bachelor's degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from UF; Teresa Senseman Kincade, Vercil F. Senseman, Jr., and Robert Senseman. Daughters, Teresa and Sharon, now operate North Shore Animal Hospital in their father's place. In 2006, Caloosa Veterinary Medical Society, Inc. created this fund in Senseman's memory to support students in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Students in College of Veterinary Medicine that demonstrate financial need.
Contact the Office of Students and Instruction at the College of Veterinary Medicine by calling (352) 294-4201.
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