Three Groups Join Efforts on Equine Scholarships

Edited press release

The Kentucky Equine Education Project, Kentucky Horse Council, and the Race for Education have announced a joint effort to promote Kentucky’s equine scholarships.

While each organization will continue to award its own scholarships, they will join forces to promote all equine scholarships in an effort to reach more individuals and show a unified effort to promote Kentucky.  

The Kentucky Equine Education Project Scholarship program will provide scholarships to students pursuing careers in the horse industry who demonstrate financial need, academic success and show a commitment to Kentucky’s Horse Industry. A committee of the KEEP board will select the winners.

The Kentucky Horse Council annually awards six scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic success, equine industry involvement and community service. Applications are judged by a panel of both Kentucky Horse Council board members and individuals from the community and from universities.

The Race for Education scholarship program is open only to students 24 years of age or younger. There are currently three main scholarships offered and students may apply for only one type of scholarship. The three RFE scholarships are:

--Horsemen's Scholarship, available to children of racetrack, backside and horse farm employees. This includes but is not limited to foremen, grooms, hot walkers, assistant trainers, riders, and maintenance and office workers.

--Thoroughbred Scholarship, available to students pursuing an equine-related degree, such as pre-veterinary medicine (equine only), agricultural science with equine focus, racetrack management, or equine business management.

--The National Turf Writers Association/Youbet Journalism Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate journalism students at any accredited university in the United States.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the equine industry to once again join forces for the greater good,” said Elisabeth Collier, executive vice president of Race for Education. “Working together each organization will have a wider audience reach and inform more individuals about each of their scholarship programs.”

While each organization will maintain its scholarship and award those individually, the Race for Education Office will facilitate all the programs.

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