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2016 Scholarships

HBPA Horsemen’s Scholarship

Up to $6,000 per year; Deadline 3/25/16
Administered in partnership with the National H.B.P.A, available to children of horse farm and back stretch employees pursuing any field of study. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be 24 years old or younger as of September 1 of the application year; have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA; have an annual household income of less than $75,000 OR be financially independent from parents.*
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Robert J. Frankel Horsemen’s Scholarship

Up to $5,000 per year; Deadline 3/25/16
Available to a New York resident or a student attending a college or university in the state of New York, pursuing any field of study, whose family is employed in the Thoroughbred industry. The recipient will be chosen from the Horsemen’s Scholarship applicants. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be 24 years old or younger as of September 1 of the application year; have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA; have an annual household income of less than $75,000 OR be financially independent from parents.*
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Thoroughbred Scholarship

Up to $6,000 per year; Deadline 3/25/16
Available to any students from any background wishing to pursue a career in the equine or agriculture industry. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be 24 years old or younger as of September 1 of the application year; have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA; have an annual household income of less than $75,000 OR be financially independent from parents.*
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Isaac Murphy Scholarship

Up to $5,000 per year; Deadline 3/25/16
Sponsored by Team Valor International, this scholarship is available to an African American student from or studying in the state of Kentucky. Preference will be given to a student who wants to pursue a career in an equine-related field of study. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be 24 years old or younger as of September 1 of the application year; have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA; have an annual household income of less than $75,000 OR be financially independent from parents.*
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John R. Velazquez Scholarship

Up to $5,000 per year; Deadline 3/25/16
Sponsored by Team Valor International, this scholarship is available to a Hispanic student who has a passion to work in the equine industry upon graduation. The recipient will be chosen from the Thoroughbred Scholarship applicants. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be 24 years old or younger as of September 1 of the application year; have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA; have an annual household income of less than $75,000 OR be financially independent from parents.*
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Locust Trace Agri-Science Scholarship

$5,000 per year; Deadline 4/8/16
Available to a graduating High School senior student of Locust Trace Agri-Science High School pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field of study. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be 24 years old or younger as of September 1 of the application year; have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA; have an annual household income of less than $75,000 OR be financially independent from parents.*
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RTIP/Xpressbet Scholarship

Up to $5,000 per year; Deadline 5/27/16
Sponsored by Xpressbet, this scholarship is for a student attending the race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona. Preference will be given to incoming freshmen. There is no annual household income cap or age requirement for this scholarship. To be eligible, applicant must attend the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program; be pursuing a career in the horse racing industry and have a minimum GPA of 3.5.
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Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship

Up to $5,000 per year; Deadline 4/1/16
Available to Washington State resident(s) OR student(s) attending a Washington State school, from any background wishing to pursue a career in pre-veterinary medicine (equine practice only), equine science, racetrack management, equine business management or pasture management and equine marketing and/or communications as it pertains to racetracks, horse farms, and other related fields. The scholarship is sponsored by the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To be eligible applicant must have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA and have an annual household income of less than $75,000 OR be financially independent from parents.*
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4-H ‘Leg Up’ Scholarship

$500 per year; Deadline to 4-H Club/County agent 5/20/16
Available to one 4-H Horse Program club member in his/her senior year of high school in EACH 4-H club in Kentucky. 4-H ‘Leg Up’ Scholarship applicants MUST apply with their club/county agent by hard copy application and CANNOT apply online via the RFE website. Download application HERE. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must; be a KY 4-H Horse program student member and active within their KY 4-H Horse chapter and currently a High School senior.
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Click here to apply for the 4-H ‘Leg Up’ Scholarship

AAEP Winner’s Circle Scholarship

Up to $5,000 per year; Deadline 2/12/16
Sponsored by the AAEP Foundation, Platinum Performance and the Race For Education this scholarship is available to veterinary students in their 3rd year (7th – 9th semesters) of study who are intending to enter equine veterinary medicine. Winner’s Circle applicants MUST apply to their AAEP chapter advisor by hard copy application and CANNOT apply online via the RFE website. Download application HERE.
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Click here to apply for the AAEP Winner’s Circle Scholarship


How Do I Apply?

To apply for a scholarship, please click on the Apply Now button at the top of this page. You may begin applying on December 7, 2015. This includes all the above scholarships EXCEPT the 4-H ‘Leg Up’ and AAEP Winner’s Circle Scholarship.

The Apply Now button takes you to a site called STARS Online where you must setup a username and password before you can apply for a scholarship. When it asks for your RFE student id number, please use your phone number.

What information will I have to provide?

You will be asked a series of questions and required to upload materials electronically which include:

  • Signed letters of recommendation (Optional. Seal may be broken to scan and upload);
  • Current official transcript (Optional, but may be requested at a later date. Seal may be broken to scan and upload);
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) received in response to you filing the FAFSA; If you have not already applied for Federal Student Aid please do so prior to filling out your RFE application. You may do so HERE.
  • If you have NOT received your Student Aid Report, you MUST submit either your parent/guardian’s previous year’s tax return and current year’s W2 form OR the current year’s tax return. (Additional years may be requested.);
  • Financial aid award letter(s) (including other scholarship awards), if applicable.

Helpful Tips

  • Once you have completed your initial application information (ex; opening questionnaire, personal, financial and academic information as well as uploaded documents and completed the essay questions.) The Stars Online site will tell you which scholarships you are eligible for. You will then need to click on each scholarship(s) and complete the application(s).
  • The Stars Online site will save your information at any point during the process, so feel free to answer a little or all and then revisit.
  • Documents can be uploaded as PDF, Word and/or image files.
  • DO NOT PHYSICALLY SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO OUR OFFICE. Application must be made via the website link at the top of this page.
  • PLEASE NOTE: For application to the Winner’s Circle, 4H ‘Leg Up’ and Starting Gate Teaching Intern Scholarships, you must still apply by mail.
  • The Winner’s Circle, 4H ‘Leg Up’ and Starting Gate Teaching Intern scholarship programs are the ONLY scholarships you may apply for via mail. ALL other scholarships MUST be applied for via the link at the top of this page.
  • For additional questions, please email info@raceforeducation.org.
  • All information uploaded to RFE/STARS Online is secure and will NEVER be shared with any third party.

*To be considered financially independent, a student must be at least 24 years old OR married OR a veteran OR an orphan OR have dependents of his or her own. Applicants who have been legally emancipated must provide documentation indicating such. No exceptions will be considered.