Equine Scholarships

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There are many sources of funding that can defray educational costs for students pursuing equine related degrees.  Most colleges and universities offer many different departmental scholarships, particularly to junior and senior students.  Many local and state organizations offer scholarship opportunities designed for students in their particular region.

Here is a sampling of equine scholarship opportunities that are not restricted to specific schools or specific states and regions.


American Association of Equine Practitioners & Zoetis Scholarship
The AAEP & Zoetis offer $4,000 scholarships to veterinary students with an interest in pursuing a career in equine medicine.  Students may submit their application in the spring semester of their fourth year of study.

American Horse Publications
The AHP offers scholarships to students interested in the equine publishing industry.  Applicants must submit writing samples, a biography, employment record, and recommendations.  Three finalists receive $750 travel awards to attend the annual 3-day AHP seminar.  After being interviewed at the seminar one student will be selected as the winner of the AHP Student Award.  The award comes with a $1,000 cash prize plus an all expense paid trip to a Publishers Press two-day customer education seminar in Louisville.  Additional funds may be awarded to other finalists at the discretion of the judges.

  Entries are due in January.

American Quarter Horse Association
The AQHA offers a wide variety of programs for student members, with award totals ranging from $2,000 to $25,000.  Of particular note is the Excellence in Equine & Agricultural Involvement Scholarship, a four year award of $25,000.  The AQHA also offers the Farm & Ranch Heritage Scholarship, a four year award of $12,500.

  Many other funding opportunities can be viewed on the AQHA website.  Application dates vary.

Harness Tracks of America
The Harness Tracks of America Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to students that are actively involved in harness racing or are children of active participants.  Multiple $5,000 awards are available.  Since 1973 the fund has made more than 200 scholarships possible (totaling over $750,000 in awards).  Applications are due in June.

Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation
The IEF awards scholarships each year to students interested in pursuing equine career paths.  Both Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) members and non-members may apply, though application procedures and dates differ between the two groups.  Applicants must provide a completed application (including essay questions), a current official academic transcript, and two letters of recommendation.  Applications are due in February and finalists receive their awards at the IHSA National Horse Show in May.

Markel AAEP Foundation Scholarships
Markel Insurance Company and the American Association of Equine Practitioners have partnered to offer eight $2,500 scholarships to veterinary students planning to practice equine medicine.

  The winners also receive a $300 travel stipend to attend the AAEP Convention where they accept their awards.  Students must submit their application during the fall semester of their fourth year of study.

The Race for Education
The Race for Education sponsors many scholarship programs for students pursuing equine related degrees and/or those involved in the sport of horse racing.  Scholarships range from $250 to $5,000 and have varying requirements.  Application dates also vary for each award and all applications must be submitted online through the Race for Education website.

United States Equestrian Federation
The USEF offers a number of scholarship opportunities through several of its breed and discipline affiliates.  Awards range from $200 to $5,000 and application dates vary.  For current information and a full listing of all available scholarships be sure to visit the USEF website.

United States Pony Club
The USPC awards several scholarships to its members each year.  Scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $1,500.  Requirements for each award vary, but students can apply for multiple awards using a single form that is available on the USPC website.  The application includes essay questions, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.  Applications are due in late March.