Scholarships to Horse Farm Workers' Children

Since 1996, 416 annual scholarships have been awarded.

Edited press release

The Horse Farm Workers’ Education Assistance Fund has awarded 32 scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year to children of full-time workers on central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms. Scholarships for tuition are granted for education after high school and are based upon need, merit, essays and personal interviews. To date, 416 annual scholarships (averaging nearly $2,000 each) have been awarded since the Fund's inception in 1996.

Kaitlyn Alexander - Morehead State University

Jannica Brady - University of Cumberlands

Matt Broughton - Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Lindsay Brumley - Thomas More College

Mary Ruth Callaway - Samford University

Monica Calleja - Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Frank Carter - University of Kentucky

Nathan Carter - Eastern Kentucky University

Cheli Castillo - Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Cody Courtney - Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Josh Davis - Morehead State University

Liz Fiero - Murray State University

Megan Hephner - Middle Tennessee State

Mary Koch - University of Kentucky

Megan Lynn - Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Linzay Marks – Louisiana State University

Steven Powell - Western Kentucky University

Justin Purvis - University of Kentucky

Alex Rankin - Northern Kentucky University

John Rankin - Morehead State University

Trent Rankin - Northern Kentucky University

Trey Rankin - Thomas More College

Elaine Royse - Georgetown College

Jose Salazar - Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Viridiana Salazar - Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Lyndsay Sams - Eastern Kentucky University

Sarah Shaw - Eastern Kentucky University

Miller Thornbury - University of the South

Casey Ward - Nashville Auto-Diesel College

am Wells - Western Kentucky University

Parker Wornall - Western Kentucky University

Lindsay Zahn - Eastern Kentucky University


"Year after year, hard working, extraordinary young people continue to impress the board with their ability, accomplishments, and enthusiasm," Rob Whiteley, president of the fund said in a release. "They have internalized the work ethic of their parents and most of them help pay their way through school by working one or more jobs in addition to attending classes. Thus the goal of the Fund is to provide enough money to these deserving students so that their school work can be their number one priority. In many instances our scholars are the first in their families to pursue a post-secondary education, and in some cases, they would not be able to attend without our financial assistance.


"Horse farm workers are the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry, and these scholars are a source of pride to their parents who have worked so hard in order for their children to enjoy a fulfilling and productive quality of life," said Whiteley. "The scholarships are an investment in truly motivated young people who possess initiative, great potential; and the best news of all is that many of them intend to pursue careers in the Thoroughbred industry. Several graduates are distinguishing themselves in the industry, one having served as the director of racing at a major North American race track."