The Thoroughbred Scholarship

The Race For Education (RFE) was established in 2002 to provide educational programs and college scholarships to young people in the equine and agriculture industry with significant financial need.


The Thoroughbred Scholarship provides up to $6,000 per year for college tuition to young people who are pursuing a career in an equine- or agricultural related industry.

The Thoroughbred Scholarship is available to undergraduate students from any background wishing to pursue a career in pre-veterinary medicine (equine practice only), equine science, racetrack management, equine business management or pasture management as it pertains to horse farms, and other related fields. (Riding certification programs are not eligible.)

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must
- be 24 years old or younger as of September 1 of the application year,
- have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA,
- have an annual household income of less than $50,000 OR be financially independent from parents.*

Supporting materials that must be scanned and uploaded as PDF files include:
- Essay
- Two letters of recommendation (must be signed but not in sealed envelope);
- Current official transcript (seal can be broken);
- Student Aid Report (from FAFSA)
- If you have NOT received your Student Aid Report, you must submit either your parent/guardian's previous year’s tax return and current year’s W2 form OR the current year’s tax return. (Additional years may be requested.);
- Financial aid award letter(s) (including other scholarship awards).

Applicants apply online ONLY. Applications will be reviewed by The Race For Education Selection Committee and finalists contacted for a personal interview. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Board of Directors and all applicants will be notified by May 31st each year. Inquiries about the scholarships may be directed to The Race For Education at (859) 252-8648 or apply@raceforeducation.org

To be considered financially independent, a student must be at least 23 years old OR married OR a veteran OR an orphan OR have dependents of his or her own. Applicants who have been legally emancipated must provide documentation indicating such. No exceptions will be considered.

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