American Quarter Horse Association Scholarships

Scholarship Value: $35,000
Awards Available: 50

Complete a single application to determine your eligibility for available scholarship funding. Eligibility of applicants is based on the individual criteria and requirements provided for each scholarship offered. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, financial need and Quarter Horse involvement, as well as an applicant’s outstanding leadership and communication skills. The grading scale for selection of each scholarship will vary dependent upon the criteria established by that scholarship's donor.

Submitted materials must include a completed application form with financial information, three reference letters or appraisal forms, and a high school or college transcript. Students applying for a state or regional scholarship will also need to provide proof of membership in their state affiliate.

Applicants must provide three recommendations, which may consist of a combination of uploaded reference letters or request an online recommendation. Options for submitting these items are provided when completing the online application form.

Only one scholarship will be awarded per recipient, and may not be combined with another scholarship awarded by the American Quarter Horse Foundation. Recipients receiving a multiple year scholarship (two-year or four-year scholarship) may not reapply for scholarship funding until they have received all awarded funds from the specified scholarship.

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Various scholarships are offered through the general program, which currently include scholarship opportunities for students to complete either their undergraduate or graduate level degree. Whether students are involved through their AQHA state affiliate, 4-H, FFA or local play-days, we provide scholarship opportunities for the student’s educational development. Students may enroll in a college degree plan of their choice and achieve the personal advancement needed to enter their desired professional employment field.

Adrianna Andreini Scholarship

Ideal candidates are a current AQHYA or AQHA member with a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Members may apply beginning their sophomore year of college. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to a four-year undergraduate and or two-year graduate level degree program of the student's choice.

AQHF Youth Scholarship

Ideal candidates are members of AQHYA or AQHA who have completed a minimum of three years cumulative membership; are ranked within the upper 25% of their high school graduating class; exhibit an affinity for the advancement of the American Quarter Horse, and demonstrate leadership potential. Members must be a high school or home schooled senior when applying. Students currently enrolled as a first-year college freshman are not eligible for consideration. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice.

Boon San Kitty Scholarship

Ideal candidates are a current AQHYA or AQHA member with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Member must apply during their senior year of high school. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice.

Scoop Vessels Scholarship

Ideal candidates are current members of AQHA who demonstrate a strong work ethic and financial need. Members must apply while enrolled as a sophomore in an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to the junior and senior year of a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice.

Rusty and Kay Moody Post-Graduate Scholarship

Ideal candidates are a current AQHA member with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Members must apply while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a two-year graduate level degree program of the student's choice.

Shawn Maree Vaillant Memorial Scholarship

Ideal candidate is a current AQHA or AQHYA member and resident of the United States or Canada. Members may apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university and purse a degree program of their choice. Recipient should exemplify the qualities gained through horsemanship activities, including outstanding leadership and communication skills, as well as courage, determination, and compassion.

Scholarship recipient is required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time college enrollment (12 undergraduate or 6 graduate hours per semester). Past AQHF scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply/receive this scholarship.

Frank & Lin Berris Scholarship

Ideal candidate is a current member of AQHYA or AQHA. Members may apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university and must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to either a two or four-year degree program of the student’s choice, or an accredited equine-related vocational program. Past AQHF scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for this scholarship.

Youth Activities Scholarship

Ideal candidates are a current member of AQHYA in good standing who have successfully participated in at least one Level 2 or 3 championship class OR have competed in a designated AQHYA championship competition at the Youth World Show. Although competition at the show is an eligibility requirement, placings are NOT considered when selecting the scholarship recipient. Members must apply during their senior year of high school and should maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Recipient will be announced during the Youth World Show.

CAREER PATH SCHOLARSHIPS

Many fields of employment are tied either directly or indirectly to the horse industry. Career path scholarships allow students to obtain a degree in areas such as agriculture, animal science, ranching and veterinary medicine. Support for students within these fields is imperative to the sustainability and advancement of our industry. Undergraduate, graduate or doctoral level degrees can be completed by students through these scholarship opportunities.

Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship

Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA for at least one year who is attending an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine; whose studies focus on equine medicine and or surgery, and has a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Recipient must pursue an equine-focused veterinary practice. Applicant must be enrolled as a third year veterinary school student when applying. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to the student's last year of the veterinary program.

Charles B. Wang Excellence in Equine & Agricultural Involvement Scholarship

Ideal candidates are a current AQHYA or AQHA member who exemplifies the characteristics of leadership and excellence acquired through participation in equine and or agriculture activities; has a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average demonstrating academic proficiency, and does not compete in AQHA-approved shows. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice.

Amy D. Bell “Pay It Forward” Memorial Scholarship

Ideal candidate is a member of AQHYA or AQHA who has completed three years cumulative membership; a member of National Youth Cutting Horse Association or National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association for three years or more; has a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average; and who exemplifies the qualities of compassion, benevolence and fortitude acquired through civic activities. Member must apply during their senior year of high school. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student’s choice.

Charles B. Wang Farm & Ranch Heritage Scholarship

Ideal candidates are current AQHYA or AQHA members from farming and or ranching backgrounds representing the outstanding education, expertise or life skills gained through participation in agricultural activities; have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average; and do not compete in AQHA-approved shows. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice.

Jay Pumphrey Agriculture Scholarship

Ideal candidates are current AQHA or AQHYA members and resident of Texas. Members may apply during their senior year of high school and purse a major in animal science, agriculture business, agriculture economics or pre-veterinary medicine. Undergraduate recipients must be accepted to and attend either Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University or West Texas A&M University. Additionally, this scholarship is available to DVM students focusing on production animal and/or equine programs and must attend the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

Scholarship recipient is required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time college enrollment (12 undergraduate or 6 graduate hours per semester). Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply/receive this scholarship.

Guy Stoops Professional Horsemen's Family Scholarship

Ideal candidates are current AQHA or AQHYA members whose parent(s) are a current member of the AQHA Professional Horseman's Association, with membership in good standing for three or more years. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to either a two or four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice.

Las Tunas International Ranching Scholarship

Ideal candidates are current AQHYA members who demonstrate a desire to build multi-cultural partnerships that strengthen the international ranching industry of Mexico. Preference will be given to residents of Mexico who desire to improve or advance their personal and professional communities utilizing acquired leadership experience. This scholarship seeks to reward recipients committed to repaying the kindness that was bestowed upon them by supporting future opportunities for educational advancement. Members should apply during their senior year of high school or international equivalent, or while enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States. Recipients must maintain full-time college enrollment and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to a degree program of the student's choice.

STATE & REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

State and local support of the horse industry is vital. That’s why the Foundation offers scholarships to reinforce the importance of our youth affiliate ambassadors. Youth leaders who are actively involved through their state affiliate may be eligible for scholarships supported by Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia (Canada), Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid-South Scholarship

Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHYA or AQHA for at least one year who is from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi or Tennessee, and who competes in AQHA-approved shows. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice.

James F. and Doris M. Barton Scholarship

Ideal candidates are a current member of AQHYA or AQHA from New York who are also a current member of the Empire State Youth Quarter Horse Association. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to either a two or four-year degree program of the student's choice.

Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

Ideal candidates are current AQHYA or AQHA members from Arizona who are also current or previous members of the Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Association. Student should be actively involved with AzQHA. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice.

AQHA Region 1 Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

Ideal candidates must reside within Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon or Washington, and have been a member of AQHYA or AQHA, as well as one of the above AQHA state affiliates for at least one year. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at any accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to either a two-year or four-year degree program of the student’s choice.

Britney Joe Unbridled Spirit Scholarship

Ideal candidate must be a resident of Kentucky who has been a member of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Youth Association and American Quarter Horse Youth Association for at least two years, one year of which must be the applicant's last eligible year of youth. Candidates must apply as a college sophomore in anticipation of continuing their junior and senior years as an undergraduate enrolled at an accredited college or university of their choice. Successful candidates must demonstrate a documented history of participation while promoting and fostering KyQHYA and its programs in a meaningful way. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

AQHA Region 6 Scholarship

Ideal candidate should reside within Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Quebec, and are a current member of an AQHA Region 6 state affiliate, as well as AQHYA or AQHA. Members may apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to undergraduate and or graduate level college coursework, or an accredited vocational program of the student’s choice. Past AQHF scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for this scholarship.

Andrew McBeath Region 9 Leadership Scholarship

Ideal candidate must be a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi or Tennessee, and a member of AQHYA or AQHA for at least three years. Student must serve as an officer or director in AQHYA and or their state affiliate, and demonstrate the leadership abilities and qualities gained through their participation. Members may apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university and must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to the degree program of the student’s choice. Past AQHF scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for this scholarship.

Texas Caucus Scholarship

Ideal candidate is a current member of AQHYA or AQHA who is a resident of Texas and actively involved in the American Quarter Horse industry, with preference given to members of Texas Quarter Horse Youth Association. Member may apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university and must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice. Current or previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply for this scholarship.

Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

Ideal candidates are members of AQHYA or AQHA for at least two years and are resident of Oklahoma. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to members who are actively involved in the American Quarter Horse industry and have at least two years membership in the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth Association. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice. Recipients must maintain full-time college enrollment and a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply for this scholarship.

Nebraska Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

Ideal candidates are current AQHYA or AQHA members and resident of Nebraska. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to members actively involved in the American Quarter Horse industry with at least two years membership in the Nebraska Quarter Horse Youth Association. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice. Recipient must maintain full-time college enrollment and a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply for this scholarship.

Joyce Wyatt Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

Ideal candidates are current AQHYA or AQHA members and resident of Pennsylvania. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university, vocational, or professional school. Preference will be given to members actively involved in the American Quarter Horse industry. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to a four-year undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program of the student's choice. Recipient must maintain full-time college enrollment and a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply for this scholarship.

Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

Ideal candidates are a current member of AQHYA or AQHA and a resident of Indiana. Members must also be a current member of the Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Association. Preference will be given to members who are actively involved in the American Quarter Horse industry. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain full-time college enrollment and a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to either a two or four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply for this scholarship.

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