Foothill Lani Ritchey Memorial Scholarship for Veterinary Technology Students

Description & Purpose:
In loving memory of Lani Ritchey, this scholarship is offered to veterinary technology students enrolled at Foothill.

Lani Ritchey was the cofounder of the California Chins Chinchilla Rescue organization, a small group of volunteers who are dedicated to rescuing and finding homes for chinchillas. Lani was passionate animal lover with years of experience working with horses and dogs, but later in her life, chinchillas captured her heart. Chinchillas became very popular as pets, especially among high tech employees. As a result, she saw a need for finding chinchilla homes after they became popular in during the early 2000s. She cofounded the rescue organization and fostered hundreds of chinchillas. This scholarship is made possible by the California Chins Chinchilla Rescue Organization ( and is for those veterinary technology students who envision their lives caring for animals, just like Lani.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled at Foothill College in at least 6 units at the time of application.
  • Applicant’s cumulative Foothill GPA must be a 2.5 or higher
  • Must be enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program.
  • In your My Story essay, please demonstrate your passion for animals and why you chose Veterinary Technology as your major.

Award Amounts:

  • Four awards available, two at $750 for 2nd year students and two at $500 for 1st year students.

California Chins Chinchilla Rescue Organization
2 @ $750 for second year students & 2 @ $500 for first year students (4 awards available)
Foothill College
Supplemental Questions
  1. Which is your primary school for the current academic year?
  2. Are you enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program?
  3. Are you a first-year or second year student?