* Photo courtesy of AQHA.

Students Receive Nearly $500,000 From American Quarter Horse Foundation

The American Quarter Horse Foundation will award nearly $500,000 to  153 students during the 2021-22 academic year, officials say.  It’s part of nearly $9 million in scholarships the Foundation has awarded to more than 1,500 students since its inception in 1976.

Recipients are based on financial need, academic merit, equine involvement and civic activities. There are many scholarships offered, ranging from those given in the name of foundations or in memory of individual people, such as the Amy D. Bell “Pay It Forward” Memorial Scholarship, as well as horses –– such as the Boon San Kitty Scholarship.

This year, $489,625 was awarded.

“Our youth and young adults are the future of the American Quarter Horse industry, and the Foundation and its donors are committed to making higher education more affordable,” Chief Foundation Officer Chris Sitz said in a statement. “We are proud to award 49 new scholarships, in addition to the 104 renewals for the 2021-22 academic year. We were extremely pleased to honor these well-deserving young people in front of their family, friends and peers during the Parade of Teams at the 2021 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. The scholarship program is one of the founding programs of the Foundation, and we are excited to continue to support our youth and young adults through this program.”

Click here to view the list of the 2021-2022 scholarship recipients.