The Jockey Club Academic Scholarship: The Jockey Club Scholarship offers $15,000 annually to a student who is pursuing a bachelor's degree or higher at any university and has demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry. The deadline for applications is March 31.  Learn more at the Jockey Club. 

USPC Champion of Equine Service Scholarship: This scholarship is sponsored by the EQUUS Foundation. It awards $1,000 to an individual affiliated with USPC for undergraduate or graduate studies to stimulate volunteerism and advocacy on behalf of horses and the people who benefit from the horse's unique ability to empower, teach, and heal.  The individual must perform a minimum of 24 hours of volunteer community service for an organization on the EQUUS Foundation’s Equine Welfare Network during the calendar year ending December 31, have logged such hours in on the EQUUS Foundation web site, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Click here for scholarship details. Learn more about the EQUUS Foundation Champions Program here.

Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse 2019 Higher Learning ScholarshipAndrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse are pleased to announce The Higher Learning Scholarship; a $2500 scholarship open to current High School seniors and all 2020-2021 College Students.Visit here for more information.

Summer Equestrian College Courses Online: Find out more about St. Lawrence University College Courses.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Opportunity: The Storm Cat Award is a competitive program intended to promote development of promising investigators by providing a one year salary supplement of $15,000. This program is restricted to one award per year and is named in honor of the famous Thoroughbred stallion at Overbrook Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Mrs. Lucy Young Hamilton, whose family owns Overbrook, is a member of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s board of directors. Learn more at GJCRF.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Opportunity: The Elaine and Bertram Klein Development Award is a competitive program intended to promote development of promising investigators by providing a one year salary supplement of $15,000. This program is restricted to one award per year and is named in memory of a renowned horsewoman and her late husband, a Thoroughbred owner and breeder. The grant is funded by $15,000 donations by the Klein family. Learn more at GJCRF.

SaddleBox Equestrian Scholarship: SaddleBox will award a yearly $1,000 scholarship to one current student who is studying to work in the equestrian field and is currently enrolled full-time in an equestrian-related program, or who is participating in a college equestrian team or club. Find full details here

Schools Offering Scholarships for Pony Club Members

Contact each school directly for details on their scholarships and for application information.

Delaware Valley University: Multiple $1,000 renewable scholarships are offered for Pony Club members who are certified C-1 or higher, with a minimum of 3.0 high school GPA or ranking in the top 30% of their high school graduating class. Recommendations and an essay are required. Scholarships are dependent upon the student maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher at Delaware Valley University. Delaware Valley University offers a Bachelor of Science degree with specialization in either Equine Training or Equi-business, as well as an Associate’s degree in Equine Science. The Equestrian Center is an Official Approved Establishment of the British Horse Society, and incorporates the BHS scheme in the first year curriculum. Deadline for application is February 15th.

Contact: Equine Science Director, Delaware Valley University, 700 E. Butler Ave. Doylestown, PA 18901. (800) 2DELVAL, ext. 2336.  Visit their website.

Lake Erie College: Students who are members of The United States Pony Clubs pursuing a major in equine studies may apply for the Lake Erie College USPC Equine Talent Scholarship, valued up to $7,500 annually, with either a riding or a non-riding component. This scholarship is available for first-time freshman or transfer students who are current members of USPC when entering Lake Erie College.

For more information contact or visit their website.

Maryville College: All Pony Club members will receive a minimum scholarship of $15,000 per year. In the event that a Pony Club member qualifies for an academic scholarship over $15,000 they will still be eligible to receive up to $2,500 per year on top of their MC academic scholarship for Pony Club experience!   Access additional details.

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Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre:  Pony Club members with a certification of C-3 or higher, and a recommendation from their Regional Supervisor can receive up to four (4) credit hours of an elective course for the entire two year program completed at Meredith Manor. Once enrolled, the student must complete a full quarter at Meredith Manor with a GPA of 2.5 or better before the credit will be applied. Upon acceptance to Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre, each Pony Club member should contact his/her Regional Supervisor to facilitate the recommendation and granting of credit.

For more information contact Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre through their website.

University of Louisville: A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a new student who is currently in Pony Club or a Pony Club graduate and still active in the organization. The Pony Club member must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a C-3 certification or higher. U of L's Equine Industry Program offers a degree in Business Administration with a major in Equine Industry Administration. They have an intercollegiate riding team.

Contact: Equine Industry Program, College of Business and Public Administration, Louisville, KY 40292. (502) 852-4859. Visit their website.

Otterbein University: $1,000 renewable award is awarded to a Pony Club member with strong academic credentials. Otterbein offers degrees in Equine Science with a pre-vet/graduate school focus, Equine Administration, Equine Facility Management, and Equine Health Technology. They have an intercollegiate riding team.

Contact: Department of Equine Science, Westerville, OH 43081. (614) 823-1843.  Visit their website.

Queen Margaret’s School: $1,000 award to a new boarding student. $500 award to a new day student.  Queen Margaret’s School is a college preparatory school that offers both a Junior and Senior school for both boarding and day students. Requirements for the scholarship include; a member with good standing in Pony Club of the D-2 level or higher. Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their DC or CA and must submit an essay to the Admissions office with why they believe the Queen Margaret’s school can help the candidate continue with their goals in Pony Club.

The Race for Education Scholarships: The Race For Education has two types of scholarships:

  • The Horsemen's Scholarship is available to children of racetrack, backside and horse farm employees.
  • The Thoroughbred Scholarship is available to students from any background wishing to pursue an equine-related career, such as veterinary medicine (mixed large animal or equine practitioner), agricultural science with equine focus, racetrack management, or equine business management.

Household income for both scholarships may not exceed $60,000 per year. Students must be at least a senior in high school and no older than 25 and must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA to apply. Scholarships pay tuition only.

For more information and application, go directly to their website.

William Woods University: Offers a $2,000 renewable scholarship for Pony Club members or active Pony Club graduates. Applicants must be certified C-3 or higher, have a high school or college GPA of 3.0 and be recommended by a USPC leader. Applicants must be new students attending William Woods University. This scholarship is renewable as long as satisfactory academic progress is met.  William Woods offers majors in Equestrian Science, Equestrian Administration and Equestrian General Studies (with concentrations in Therapeutic Riding, Equine Art, Equine Leadership, Equine Media and Equine Studies). William Woods offers in-depth instruction in four riding disciplines: dressage, hunter/jumper, saddle seat and western. Applicants must submit documentation of active membership in Pony Club, documentation of riding ability at C-3 or higher, a recommendation letter by a USPC leader and be accepted to William Woods.

Contact: Admissions Office, One University Ave., Fulton, MO 65251 or (573) 592-4221. Visit their website.

Wilson College: Offers $1,000 scholarships to Pony Club members with a certification of C-3 or higher who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better in a college preparatory curriculum and the recommendation of their District Commissioner or Center Administrator. Wilson offers majors in Equestrian Studies, Equine Management, Equine Facilitated Therapeutics, Veterinary Medical Technology, Equine Assisted Veterinary Medical Technology (new program to teach home health care for horses), and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. The College offers intercollegiate Hunt Seat, Dressage, and Eventing teams.

Contact: Admissions Office, 1015 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg PA 17201, email or call (800) 421-8402.  Visit their website.

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