The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) announced the distribution of $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships to seven youth members: Terri-June Granger, of Dothan, Alabama; David Gringeri, of West Haven, Vermont; Nicholas Muir, of Lynnwood, Washington; Quinn Sutherland, of Eureka, Montana; Megan D’Andrea, of Fowler, Ohio; Jarid Walton, of Riverdale, Michigan; and Morgan Knerr, of Plain City, Ohio.
Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) submitted applications for the RHF scholarships. The recipients were chosen by an independent committee based upon their academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement in the NRHyA and reining horse industry.
“The scholarship program is a super example of how the Reining Horse Foundation is making a positive impact on the reining community,” said Mark A. Blake, president. “Through the generosity of donors, it is a pleasure to provide these scholarships and impact the lives of young people furthering their education.”
Granger, Gringeri and Muir were each awarded $2,000 in RHF scholarship monies. Granger will be a member of the equestrian team at Auburn University and is pursuing a degree in exercise science with the goal of becoming an equine chiropractor. During high school, Gringeri took dual enrollment courses at the University of Vermont and also the Community College of Vermont. He plans to major in business/finance and work toward a career in agribusiness. Muir attends Washington State University and is majoring in animal science, with plans to apply for veterinary school. He received a RHF scholarship in 2016 as a high school senior, making him eligible to reapply.
Sutherland and D’Andrea each will receive $1,500 in scholarships. Sutherland intends to major in biology and become a registered nurse. She is enrolled at Montana State University. D’Andrea is enrolled at Youngstown State University with plans to become a nurse anesthetist. She also received an RHF scholarship in 2016.
Earning $750 scholarships each are Walton and Knerr. A student at Mid Michigan Community College, Walton is transferring to the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he will participate on the men’s basketball team. He received RHF scholarships in 2015 and 2016. Knerr will attend the University of Findlay with plans to become a pharmacist. She held multiple positions as an NRHyA officer, including president in 2017, vice president in 2016 and secretary in 2015.
For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, go to reiningfoundation.com or nrhya.com. You also can call (405) 946-7400 to speak to RHF or NHRyA staff about these programs. Watch these websites in spring 2018 for updated application information.