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American Quarter Horse Foundation

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

Established in 1976, the American Quarter Horse Foundation (AQHF) awards scholarships to youth members as part of its mission to aid youth who share compassion for the American Quarter Horse. Since its inception, AQHF has awarded over $4.7 million in scholarship money.

AQHF is part of the American Quarter Horse Association which is the official record keeper of the American Quarter Horse industry worldwide. This association keeps ownership records, race and show results, while marketing the American Quarter Horse industry, and creating data about the American Quarter Horse.

AQHF provides an extensive scholarship program available to qualifying students. Each year the Foundation awards nearly 200 scholarships. These scholarships are available to members who demonstrate a passion for the American Quarter Horse, and yearn for knowledge. This article lists the scholarship opportunities offered by AQHF.

Scholarship Programs Offered by the American Quarter Horse Foundation

All scholarships are awarded based on several criteria: financial need, equine involvement, academic standing, and civic projects. To be considered for an award, students are required to download the scholarship guidelines with a list of requirements, and complete a scholarship application. Additional documents may be required. Application and supplemental materials should be mailed to: American Quarter Horse Foundation, Scholarship Program, 2601 E. Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX 79104. Application deadline for all scholarships is in December.

Below is a list of scholarships awarded to youth members to financially assist them with their college endeavors.

Youth Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to 20 students. Award amount is $8,000.

Racing Scholarship: This award is given to three students in the amount of $8,000 each.

Farm & Ranch Heritage Scholarship: The Foundation awards two students $12,500 each.

James F. & Doris Barton Scholarship: This award is given to a qualifying student in the amount of $5,000. Applicants must be New York members of the Empire State Quarter Horse Youth Association to be considered.

Christopher Junker Memorial Nebraska QHY Scholarship: This scholarship is given to one student in the amount of $500.

Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship: Awards $1,000 to one qualifying student to help defray the costs of a college education.

Telephony Equine Veterinary Scholarship: One student enrolled in an accredited veterinary school in their senior year is awarded $10,000.

Guy Stoops Professional Horseman’s Family Scholarship: This award is designed specifically for family members of the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Association, looking to further their education. Amount awarded to one qualifying student is $500.

Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship: One $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a qualifying student pursuing a college education.

Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid-South Scholarship: This $8,000 award is given to one student who fulfills all requirements and plans to enroll, or is enrolled in a college degree program.

Nebraska Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2,000 for one qualifying student pursuing a college education.

AQHA Family Scholarship: This award gives one $500 to a student who fulfills all scholarship requirements.

Journalism or Communications Scholarship: One $8,000 award is given to a student who fulfills all requirements, and is pursuing a degree in equine journalism or communications.

Virginia Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship: One $500 award is given to a qualifying AQHA or AQHYA student members seeking a college education.

Joan Cain Florida Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship: One $1,000 award is given to a student fulfilling all scholarship requirements.

Excellence in Equine & Agriculture Involvement Scholarship: This scholarship awards $25,000 to a student who has excelled in academics, with horses, as well as agricultural activities.

American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarship Program: Things to Note

The career path awards offered by the Foundation are specific to students majoring in specific areas of study. Be sure that your career aspirations fall within any of those fields prior to applying. For example, career path awards typically best suit students pursuing degrees in agriculture, journalism, communications, as well as veterinary medicine with special ties to the American Quarter Horse industry.

In addition to an extensive scholarship program, American Quarter Horse Foundation offers equine research grants to colleges and universities nationwide. Deadline for research funding is in December.

American Quarter Horse Foundation Contact Information

American Quarter Horse Foundation
2601 East I-40
Amarillo, TX 79104

PH: (806) 378-5029
FAX: (806) 376-1005
www.aqha.com/foundation

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