Equestrian sports require a lot of hard work and dedication over several years. The good news is, the effort you put in will pay off huge dividends in the form of financial support towards college. Several organizations offer generous scholarships for equestrians aspiring to get a higher education.
Check out these scholarships for equestrians that you can apply to:
The National Collegiate Athletic Association offers scholarships through its Division I and Division II schools for equestrian sports. Currently, each University can offer up to 15 Equestrian Scholarships. Since equestrian programs come under the Equivalency Sports category, schools and coaches can decide if they want to split the scholarships among a larger number of students. This means that there can be 15 full scholarships or 30 scholarships, where each student is awarded half the tuition, or even 60 students being awarded 25% of their tuition fees as scholarship, or any other combination of the above.
Although the scholarships are facilitated by the NCAA, each college has its own set of requirements for selecting prospective candidates. Hence, students need to decide which colleges they want to apply to and check out their requirements.
Only those who are skilled at riding the American Shetland Pony are eligible to apply for the American Shetland Pony Club Scholarship. As part of your application you will be required to submit an essay explaining why you love this particular breed. To be considered for this award you must be able to provide proof of your riding history.
The Race for Education foundation has a number of scholarships for equestrian-enthusiasts, with awards ranging from $500 to $5,000. Each scholarship has its own requirements. Some are dependent on major, other are dependent on location, and some are intended for specific universities.
For example: students applying to the 4-H ‘Leg Up’ Scholarship must be graduating seniors who are members of their local 4-H horse chapter in Kentucky. For the Dr. Judy G. Willard Scholarship, students must be attending Morehead State University studying Animal Science with a focus in equine studies.
Be sure to check out 9 scholarships available!
This is a $1,500 scholarship co-sponsored by the United States Pony Club and The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource. The recipient of the award must be a current member of the Pony Club and must be either active in or have been part of efforts towards land conservation.
Applicants must be in senior year of high school, and have been accepted at an institute of higher education at the time of applying for this award. They must also have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and achieved a C-2 certification or above from the club. A repeat scholarship may be offered if the recipient continues to show promise, but the scholarship may not be awarded more than 2 times consecutively to the same person.
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