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Available Equine Scholarships

EQUUS Foundation Scholarships

  • Several scholarship opportunities are available. 
  • Applications open on September 1, and close October 15
  • Applicants need to confirm that they are enrolled in an equine studies program at a participating educational institution on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Education Network before applying. 
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Purina Feed Greatness Scholarship Program

  • Deadline to apply is October 17, 2023
  • Land O’Lakes, Inc. has established a scholarship program for students who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Must have experience showing or caring for large/small livestock animals, equine, or poultry (not house pets). 
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American Morgan Horse Association

  • Several grant and scholarship opportunities are available from this organization, with most application deadlines being in the fall.
  • Click here for more information.

    American Saddlebred Horse Association Scholarships

    • ASHA Youth Scholarships:
      Deadline: Open from April 15th to June 1st.
      Description: Scholarships are awarded only to members of the American Saddlebred Horse Association, 21 years of age and under, at grade 11 or higher. Click here for more information. 
    • Melissa Moore Passion for the Breed Scholarships
      Deadline: December 1st
      Description: for ASHBA and KASPHA members who are students seeking undergraduate or graduate level education, and have a sincere passion for all aspects of the American Saddlebred breed. Click here for more information.

    American Saddlebred Museum Scholarships

    • Keith Bartz Impact Scholarship Award: $1,500
      Deadline: 2024 applications will begin being accepted in late 2023
      Description: Keith Bartz was an individual who focused his time, talent, and resources on building the American Saddlebred Museum and celebration of the American Saddlebred horse. This scholarship celebrates his life by awarding an individual that exemplifies the same character and achievements. Applicants must be twenty-one years of age or under that has demonstrated a commitment to the American Saddlebred and to excellence in their community. High school seniors, individuals enrolled in a two-year or four-year program at any college, trade school, or university are eligible to apply. 

      Click here for more information. 

    American Paint Horse Association Foundation Scholarships

    • Academic Scholarship: dozens of academic scholarships each year, that's $1,000 per year/renewable for four years.
      Deadline: March 1st of each year
      Description: students must be a member of the AjPHA or APHA for the past three years, must be a graduating high school senior (or apply within two years of graduation), must pass a college entrance examination, provide three letters of reference and submit an essay explaining their educational plans. Once they have been granted a scholarship, they must maintain a “B”/3.0 or better grade-point average each academic year to be eligible for renewal
      Click here for more information. 

    National Reining Horse Youth Association Scholarships

    • Youth Scholarships: Various Scholarships available
      Deadline: March 1st of each year
      Description: The Reining Horse Foundation is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities to enable youth to further excel in their future careers and competition. Must be a member of NRHyA.
      Click here for more information. 

      Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation Scholarships

      • The Jack Fritz Memorial Award:
        Deadline: February 21st of each year
        Description: The Jack Fritz Memorial Award is a national scholarship named in honor of the legendary horseman and scholar Jack Fritz who co-founded the IHSA while a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University with then-student, Robert Cacchione.
        Click here for more information. 
      • The Joan Johnson Memorial Award: 
        Deadline: February 21st of each year
        Description: This is a national scholarship in honor of Joan Johnson, affectionately known as "JJ". JJ was one of the founding members of the IHSA, dedicating much of her life towards the success of the organization. She was a coach at Stony Brook University, Associate National Steward (1967-2000), Zone 3 chairperson and chair of the Scholarship Foundation since its inception. Through her uncommon devotion and leadership, JJ truly was a crucial element in the development of the IHSA
        Click here for more information. 
      • The Emily Jane Hilscher Memorial Award: 
        Deadline: February 21st of each year
        Description: This award was created in memory of Hilscher, a 19-year-old freshman studying veterinary science, who was among the victims of the rampage at Virginia Tech in 2007. From Woodville, Virginia she was a horsewoman, animal lover, enthusiastic cook and imaginative artisan. She was a member of the IHSA, competing with the Virginia Tech Equestrian Team.
        Click here for more information. 
      • The Margaret "Maggie" Blackmon Memorial Award: 
        Deadline: February 21st of each year
        Description: This award was created in memory of Blackmon, a 20-year-old junior studying anthropology at St. Lawrence University. A three-year member of the St. Lawrence riding team, Blackmon passed away suddenly in 2020. Her love of horses and riding led her to develop tremendous skills and knowledge transferable to all aspects of her life. This scholarship recognizes a collegiate rider who demonstrates a similar passion and commitment to the sport.
        Click here for more information. 

        United States Pony Clubs Scholarships: Must be active Pony Club members for all below

        • Triple Crown Nutrition College Scholarship: $1,000 and winners choice of 5 free bags of Triple Crown Feed
          Deadline: March 31st of each year
          Description: Awarded annually to reward Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements. Pony Club members who have achieved a C-2 HM or higher and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible. 
          Click here to read more. 
        • Dorothy Renfro Memorial College Scholarship: $1,000
          Deadline: March 31st of each year
          Description: Awarded annually for higher education to an active Pony Club member who exhibits the qualities that Dorothy Renfro valued most: leadership, horse management, and volunteering time and energy to beneficial activities.
          Click here for more information. 
        • Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Memorial College Scholarship: $1,000
          Deadline: March 31st of each year
          Description: Awarded annually to encourage Pony Club members in their academic pursuits in Liberal, Visual, Fine, Decorative, Applied or Performing Arts areas such as painting, sculpting, ceramics, film making, design/architecture, graphic, industrial or interior design, decorative arts, theatre, music or literature. Members must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their academics.
          Click here for more information. 
        • United States Pony Clubs Jubilee College Scholarships: two $1,000 scholarships
          Deadline: March 31st of each year
          Description: Two scholarships to be awarded annually to reward Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements. Members must have either achieved a Pony Club certification of B or higher and have at least a 3.0 GPA average in their academics OR achieved a certification of C-2 HM or higher and at least a 3.5 GPA in their academics.
          Click here for more information.
        • The Anson W.H. Taylor Memorial Scholarship: $1,500
          Deadline: March 31st of each year
          Description: This scholarship is co-sponsored by USPC and Equine Land Conservation Resource. It is awarded to a current Pony Club member who has been active with, and committed to, efforts on behalf of land conservation. Members must have entered their senior year of high school at the time of application, and have been accepted to (or attending) an institution of higher education and have achieved a C-2 HM or higher certification and at least a 3.0 GPA in their academics.
          Click here for more information. 
        • The Bodgie Read Memorial Scholarship for Dressage and Event Riders: $1,000
          Deadline: March 31st of each year
          Description: This scholarship its awarded annually to a Dressage or Eventing certified current member who exhibits the qualities that Bodgie Read valued most: volunteerism and participation in Dressage and Eventing. More info here.

        The Jockey Club Scholarships

        • The Jockey Club Scholarship: $15,000 ($7,500 per semester)
          Deadline: 2/1/2023
          Description: Scholarship for students in academic pursuit of majors for future employment in the equine industry. Open to any equine breed or discipline; preference will be given to candidates with the academic credentials, work experience, and expressed desire to secure employment in the Thoroughbred industry. 
          Click here for more information. 
        • The Jockey Club Vision Scholarship: $20,000 ($10,000 per semester)
          Deadline: 2/1/2023
          Description: Scholarship for a student who is from a minority racial or ethnic group: Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, American Indian or Native Alaskan, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, or Black or African American. Open to undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in a full-time program. Open to any equine breed or discipline; preference will be given to candidates with the academic credentials, work experience, and expressed desire to secure employment in the Thoroughbred industry.
          Click here for more information. 
        • The Jockey Club Advancement of Women in Racing Scholarship: $20,000 ($10,000 per semester)
          Deadline: 2/1/2023
          Description: Open to women only. Open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a full-time program. Open to any equine breed or discipline; preference will be given to candidates with the academic credentials, work experience, and expressed desire to secure employment in the Thoroughbred industry.
          Click here for more information. 
        • The Jockey Club Benevolence Scholarship: $15,000 ($7,500 per semester)
          Deadline: 2/1/2023
          Description: Scholarship to reduce financial hardship for a low-income student to enable attendance at a full-time program at a college, university, or trade program. Selection based on financial need, leadership skills in extracurricular activities, and proposed career path. Preference to backstretch and horse farm employees and their family members.
          Click here for more information.

          Kentucky Farm Bureau Scholarships

          • Applications for 2023 due February 1st. 2024 TBA
          • Eligibility: Must be a child of Kentucky Farm Bureau member and remain such while the scholarship is in force
          • Must finish high school within the year the scholarship is applied for.
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          Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Scholarship

          • KHJA Scholarship: $5,000
            Deadline: Details TBA in late spring
            Description for previous year: Applicant must be a current member of KHJA and have been for at least 3 years. Applicant must also be a high school senior entering college in the fall of 2021 or a full time undergraduate student in the fall of 2021. Applicants who do not have a significant amount of money from outside sources will receive extra consideration for this scholarship.
            Click here for more information. 

          University of Louisville Equine Industry Program Scholarships: For UofL students only

          • AIM Equine Scholarship: from $500-$1,500 per year
            Deadline: March 1st of each year
            Description: Awarded to Equine Industry Program majors with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA who demonstrate personal development and leadership outside the classroom  through documented participation in equine-related events and programs approved by the Equine Industry Program Scholarship Committee. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • The Kent Hollingsworth Memorial Scholarship: award is two semesters-$2,500/semester total $5,000
            Description: Awarded to a sophomore/junior/senior majoring in Equine Business who in the opinion of the Department of Equine Business exemplifies qualities of scholarship and professionalism.
            Click here for more information. 
          • Thalheimer Memorial Scholarship: one-time award of $10,000 to be distributed as $5,000 for the fall semester and $5,000 for the spring semester.
            Description: To be awarded to an incoming freshman Equine Business major with a minimum ACT composite score of 25 and minimum ACT Math score of 26, who demonstrates a financial need to attend. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • Equine Industry Program General Scholarship: this award is two semesters-$2,500/semester total $5,000
            Description: Awarded to an incoming freshman/sophomore/junior majoring in Equine Business (may be split). Based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, and need. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • Chuck E Schmidt Memorial Scholarship: the award is two semesters-$2,500/semester total $5,000
            Description: Awarded to a sophomore/junior/senior majoring in Equine Business (may be split) who in the opinion of the Equine Industry Program exemplifies qualities of scholarship and professionalism. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • Timothy T. Capps Memorial Scholarship: the award is two semesters-$1,000/ semester total $2,000
            Description: This memorial scholarship was established in 2017 in memory of the late Timothy T. Capps, director of the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program from 2011-2017 and a highly regarded consultant in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. The Timothy T. Capps Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to an Equine Business student at the University of Louisville who possess the same positive qualities that Capps exhibited throughout his life-a strong will, a desire to succeed and learn, and a passion for horses. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • Horse Racing Nation Equine Scholarship
            Description: This scholarship is named for Horse Racing Nation, a Louisville-based media outlet committed to full-time US thoroughbred coverage. HRN is a community for those passionate about equine sports, providing a fresh take on current events in thoroughbred racing. This scholarship makes it possible for students in the equine field to pursue a career in an industry that Kentucky is famous for. To be awarded to an incoming freshman/sophomore/junior/senior Equine student who has a focus on the horse racing industry. 
            Click here for more information. 

          US Equestrian Scholarship

          • Higher Education Equestrian Scholarship: five $1,000 scholarships
            Deadline: July 31st of each year
            Description: US Equestrian offers this scholarship to high school seniors preparing to enter a college or university. Funds are provided to students interested in furthering his or her equestrian knowledge and skills throughout college. Applicants must continue to be involved in equestrian related experiences throughout college. This can be through an equestrian-related degree or classes, participation in an intercollegiate equestrian team or club, an equestrian related internship, job, volunteer work, or any other proven commitment to continued involvement and education in equestrian sport. Must be an active or subscribing member of USEF.
            Click here for more information. 

          United States Hunter Jumper Association Scholarship

          • Hamel Family Scholarship: $25,000
            Deadline: May 15th of each year
            Description: The Hamel Scholarship for Further Education is designed to encourage further education among equestrians. Must have a two-year consecutive USHJA Membership, and may only receive the scholarship one time.
            Click here for more information. 

          Appaloosa Horse Club Scholarships

          • The Appaloosa Youth Foundation Territory Scholarship: up to five $1,000 scholarships. 
            Deadline: April 30th, 2023
            Description: The Territory Scholarship awards up to $1,000 to one graduating senior from high school. Each applicant must be a current member of the Appaloosa Horse Club or the Appaloosa Youth Association.
            Click here for more information. 
          • The Appaloosa Youth Foundation Continuing Education Scholarship: $1,000
            Deadline: April 30th, 2023
            Description:  The Appaloosa Youth Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding youth members of the Appaloosa Horse Club or Appaloosa Youth Association wishing to pursue higher education.
            Click here for more information. 
          • The Sagebrush Circuit-Lew & JoAnn Eklund Educational Scholarship
            Deadline: April 30th, 2023
            Description: This scholarship is funded in its entirety by donations made by the Appaloosa Youth Foundation from the dissolution of funds of the Sagebrush Circuit. This scholarship is the highest attainable scholarship available from the Appaloosa Youth Foundation. Each applicant must be a current member of the Appaloosa Horse Club or the Appaloosa Youth Association.
            Click here for more information. 

          The Christian Harness Horsemen's Association Scholarship

          • John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship: $1,000
            Deadline: May 31st, 2023
            Description: To assist students from Christian families involved in harness racing in continuing their education by providing financial aid to worthy applicants. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • Rambling Willie Scholarship: amount TBD
            Deadline: May 31st, 2023
            Description: To assist students from Christian families involved in harness racing in continuing their education by providing financial aid to worthy applicants. 
            Click here for more information. 

          The RACE for Education Scholarships 

          • The Race for Education KEEP Foundation Scholarship: up to $5,000 per year
            Deadline: May 15th, 2023
            Description: This scholarship is in partnership with the Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation. The Race for Education Scholarship is available to a Kentucky student pursuing a field of study in the equine, animal science or agricultural industry and/or whose family is employed in the equine industry.
            Click here for more information.
          • Dr. Judy G. Willard Scholarship: up to $1,000 per year
            Deadline: May 1st, 2023
            Description: Dr. Judy G. Willard Scholarship is funded in memory of Dr. Judy Willard, Professor of the Equine Program at Morehead State University for over 33 years. This scholarship is for a student in good standing with an Animal Science major with Equine emphasis at Morehead State University wishing to pursue a career in the equine industry. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • WinStar Farm Scholarship: up to $4,000 per year
            Deadline: May 1st, 2023
            Description: The WinStar Farm Scholarship is available to a student whose family member is employed by WinStar Farm attending a college or university, pursuing any field of study.
            Click here for more information. 

          American Hackney Horse Society Foundation Scholarships

          • The AHHS Foundation Scholarship
            Deadline: July 1st of the year in which the applicant will be an incoming freshman college student. 
            Description: Awarded to high school graduates on the basis of submitted evidence of academic success, financial need, extracurricular activities (including community service), involvement with Hackney Horses and/or Ponies and personal references. 
            Click here for more information. 

          Harness Horse Youth Foundation Scholarships: Must be under 25

          • The Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship: stipend of up to $2,500
            Deadline: June 1st of each year
            Description: The Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship is for students who have demonstrated a passion for harness racing and have financial need. Applicant may or may not be pursuing a career in harness racing industry. Applicant must be at least a high school senior. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • Harold & Marcia Snyder Memorial Scholarship: amount TBD
            Deadline: June 1st of each year
            Description: This scholarship honors the memory of Harold and Marcia Snyder who started International Sound Corporation and its intent is to assist individuals and the families that make up the harness racing industry.
          • Lynn Fortna Financial Assistance Program: up to $2,000
            Deadline: June 1 and December 30
            Description: This assistance program is available to any young-at-heart female in harness racing to continue her education and/or expand her knowledge about horses. The recipient(s) will receive funding to cover a conference, class, certificate program, or other educational experience related to horses with approval from the selection committee. Please note that proof of enrollment or attendance will be required to receive the funding. Click here for more information.
          • The Sweet Karen Alumni Scholarship: stipend of up to $1,000
            Deadline: June 1st of each year
            Description: Applicants must have previously attended a Harness Horse Youth Foundation youth, leadership or HRYL summer program or a family weekend event. Amount and number of scholarships issued is at the discretion of the selection committee. The scholarship honors HHYF trotter and Facebook sensation Sweet Karen.
            Click here for more information. 

          American Quarter Horse Association Student Scholarships 2024
          All Scholarship Applications will open October 15th, 2023, and close January 15th, 2024
          Click here for more information.

          • Adrianna Andreini Scholarship: $8,750 two-year scholarship
          • AQHF Youth Scholarship: $8,000 four-year scholarship
          • Boon San Kitty Scholarship: $7,500 four-year scholarship
          • Scoop Vessels Scholarship: $5,000 two-year scholarship 
          • Rusty and Kay Moody Post-Graduate Scholarships: $5,000 two-year scholarship
          • Frank & Lin Berris Scholarship
          • Shawn Maree Vaillant Memorial Scholarship: $1,500 one-year scholarship
          • Youth Activities Scholarship
          • Excellence in Equine & Agricultural Involvement Scholarship: $25,000 four-year scholarship
          • Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship
          • Amy D. Bell "Pay It Forward" Memorial Scholarship: $12,500 four-year scholarship
          • Farm & Ranch Heritage Scholarship: $12,500 four-year scholarship 
          • Journalism or Communications Scholarship: $8,000 four-year scholarship
          • AQHF Racing Scholarship: $8,000 or $4,000 scholarship
          • Guy Stoops Professional Horsemen's Family Scholarship: $3,000 two-year scholarship
          • Britney Joe Unbridled Spirit Scholarship: $2,500 two-year scholarship

          Research Career Development Awards

          • The Storm Cat Award: $15,000
            Deadline: November 1st of each year
            Description: The Storm Cat Award is a competitive program intended to promote development of promising investigators by providing a one year salary supplement. This program is restricted to one award per year and is named in honor of the famous Thoroughbred Stallion at Overbrook Farm. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • The Elaine and Bertram Klein Development Award: $20,000
            Deadline: November 1st of each year
            Description: The Elaine and Bertram Klein Development Award is a competitive program intended to promote development of promising investigators by providing a one year salary supplement of $20,000. This program is restricted to one award per year and is named in memory of a renowned horsewoman and her late husband.
            Click here for more information. 

          Veterinary Student Scholarships

          • Race for Education KEEP Veterinary Scholarship: up to $5,000 per year
            Deadline: 5/1/2023
            Description: Sponsored by the Race for Education and the Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation, this scholarship is available to veterinary students from the state of Kentucky in their first through third year of study who are intending to enter equine veterinary medicine. 
            Click here for more information. 
          • American Welfare and Environmental Stewardship Committee Human-Animal Bond Grant: 5 grants of $500 each
            Deadline: 1/30/2023
            Description: The purpose of this grant is to recognize projects that meet the following criteria: present a sustainable and/or far-reaching project that demonstrates clear benefit to the humans and animals involved, enhance the education of veterinary students in tangible ways, provide a platform for veterinary professionals to be involved meaningfully in the local community, and to benefit sa many Student American Veterinary Medical Association members as possible. This grant is not intended to fund individuals or travel expenses.  
            Click here for more information or contact savma.awesc@gmail.com
          • American Welfare and Environmental Stewardship Committee Animal Welfare Grant: 4 grants of $500 each
            Deadline: 1/30/2023
            Description: The Educational Lecture Grant will be awards to help defray expenses for special lectures to veterinary students/organizations on topics related to animal welfare and/or the human-animal bond. This is not intended as funding for students or student travel, although it may be used for speaker travel expenses.
            Click here for more information or contact savma.awesc@gmail.com
          • American Welfare and Environmental Stewardship Committee Travel Award Application: 5 grants at $500 each
            Deadline: April 1st to May 31st, 2023
            Description:  The purpose of this grant is to reimburse Student American Veterinary Medical Association members who have attended a convention, conference, or educational trip related to animal welfare and/or the human-animal bond within the past 12 months.
            Click here for more information or contact savma.awesc@gmail.com
          • American Welfare and Environmental  Stewardship Committee Awareness Grant:  4 grants at -$500
            Deadline: April 1st to May 31st, 2023
            Description: Grant allows current Student Veterinary Medical Association members to reach out and initiate environmental projects, engage in research, or attend conservation related events/meetings. 
            Click here for more information or contact savma.awesc@gmail.com
          • Empowering Diversity in Veterinary Medicine: up to 5 grants from $250-$500
            Deadline: February 1st -March 15th, 2023 
            Description: The goal of this grant is to encourage veterinary students to engage in dialogue about diversity and inclusion among all members of their school and beyond through various activities and programs. 
          • Travel Grant Supporting Diversity and Communications: up to 5 grants at $200 each
            Deadline: February 1st -March 30th, 2023
            Description: The goal of this grant is to provide the financial resources to encourage students to attend conventions, symposiums, or other approved professional development conferences which promote diversity and communication within the veterinary profession. 
          • Purdue Diversity Certificate Grant Application: 10 $100 course fees
            Deadline: March 1st - May 15th, 2023
            Description: The goal of the Purdue Certificate Grant is to make the Purdue Certificate Program more accessible to students. Considerations will be made for students whose schools have already used their four AVMA sponsored seats and for non-US students whose schools don't qualify for said funding.
            Click here for more information or contact SAVMA.ICDC@gmail.com
          • ICDC Equity in Veterinary Medicine Grant: up to $100
            Deadline: February 1st - July 31st, 2023
            Description: The primary goal of this grant is to support the development of more equity in veterinary medicine by providing Black students and underrepresented groups with the funds to join organizations with opportunities for professional development, networking, mentorship, conferences, and community. 
            Click here for more information or contact SAVMA.ICDC@gmail.com
          • Underserved Areas Grant Application: One $1,000 and two $500 grants for externships
            Deadline: June 15th, 2023
            Description: The Underserved Areas grant aims to help SAVMA members that assist in an underserved area in the US or internationally. The grant can be used for veterinary supplies, travel or public education purposes.
            Click here for more information or contact savma.phcoc@gmail.com
          • Community Outreach Grant Application: Eight awards up to $500
            Deadline: March 31st, 2023
            Description: The Community Outreach Grant aims to help SAVMA members to integrate community service with the veterinary profession. This grant will help fund community service projects that a SAVMA member coordinates within their local community. The grant will be awarded on the years opposite of CDC Day Travel Grant. 
            Click here for more information or contact savma.phcoc@gmail.com
          • Other scholarship opportunities from AVMA can be found HERE.

          USDA / 1890 National Scholars Program

          • In partnership between USDA and the 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities

          Deadline: March 1st, 2024

          Description: Aimed at bolstering educational and career opportunities for students from rural or underserved            communities around the country. MUST be accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities, and must study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines. 

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