The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) announced the recipients of $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Megan D’Andrea, of Fowler, Ohio; Amber Edmonds, of Pepperell, Massachusetts; Holly Lansidel, of McKenna, Washington; Nicholas Muir, of Lynnwood, Washington; Shaelyn Vering, of Scribner, Nebraska; Jarid Walton, of Coleman, Michigan; and Blair Willette, of Haleiwa, Hawaii.
Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) submitted applications for the RHF scholarships. The recipients were chosen by an independent committee based on their academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement in the NRHyA and reining horse industry.
“The Reining Horse Foundation is entrusted with donations meant to better the reining community and the world at large,” said President Mark A. Blake. “The scholarship program is a shining example of how we can make a positive impact on the lives of young people furthering their education. We are proud to provide these scholarships and look forward to when we can do even more.”
Muir, Walton and Willette were each awarded $2,000 in RHF scholarship monies. Muir will attend Washington State University, majoring in animal science with plans to apply for veterinary school. Walton is a student at Mid Michigan Community College, where he has participated as a student-athlete on the men’s basketball team. He received an RHF scholarship in 2015 as a high school senior, making him eligible to reapply. Willette is a chemistry major at Duke University, working toward a career in pharmaceutical development. In 2015, she studied abroad in London, England. She received an RHF scholarship in 2013 and was selected again in 2014 and 2016.