Many young cutters have dreams of attending college after high school, but the financial responsibility that comes with that milestone can seem overwhelming. The National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) provides financial assistance to members of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and the NYCHA through scholarships funded by the Dogwood Foundation and the Cutters In Action (CIA) Charities Foundation.
There are two types of scholarships offered by the NYCHA, both of which require thoroughly completed applications, academic transcripts, references and parent or guardian financial information submitted by the extended deadline of March 1.
One of the scholarships is the NCHA – CIA Charities Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship varies depending on the applicant’s financial need. Typical scholarship awards are $5,000, $2,000 or $1,000, payable in the fall and spring semesters in the amount of $2,500, $1,000 or $500 per semester. Scholarships will be paid to the college or university in the student’s name.
The NCHA – CIA Charities Foundation Scholarship is made possible through individual donations, fundraisers and anonymous donors. Applicants for the NCHA – CIA Charities Foundation Scholarship must have at least one immediate family member who has been an active NCHA member in good standing for the past three years. The applicant does not have to be a member.
The Dogwood Foundation Scholarship is also being offered to qualified students. The scholarship is an annual $2,000 scholarship payable in equal shares during fall and spring semesters. The amount awarded is paid to the college or university in the student’s name. Up to four scholarships will be awarded yearly.
All applicants for the Dogwood Foundation Scholarship must have been members of the NYCHA for at least three years and have participated in the Levels of Excellence Award Program to be considered. In addition to the standard application requirements, Dogwood Foundation Scholarship applicants must also submit an essay (no more than 1,000 words) responding to the prompt, “What makes me an outstanding candidate for leadership, sportsmanship and showmanship for the Dogwood Foundation.”
Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on academic record, essay content and quality, leadership ability and references.
With a quickly approaching application deadline, students interested in a scholarship should fill out their applications and pull together their references before it’s too late.
Mail completed applications to:
National Cutting Horse Association Youth Department
Attention: Judy Morris
260 Bailey Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
To view and print the NYCHA Scholarship Application, or find out more about the application requirements, visit http://www.nchacutting.com/youth/NYCHA_2016_Scholarship.pdf