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Rodeo/Equestrian Scholarships

The world of equestrian sports, including riding, jumping, rodeo and barrel racing, has grown in popularity across the country, and it's no longer concentrated in Western schools. As the sport grows in popularity, so does competition for scholarships, and the sport is definitely one where talent matters if you're vying for an award from a top equestrian program. If you consider yourself a top equestrian, you could be eligible for a full or partial scholarship from your intended college. To be eligible for college-based NCAA scholarships, equestrians must have minimum GPAs and maintain good grades throughout their time at their intended schools, so it would be smart not to rule out academic scholarships to supplement your financial aid package if you only receive a partial scholarship.

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Equestrians who aren't at the skill level to be accepted into a top riding program but are still interested in the sport as a hobby or on the club level should look into scholarships run by local teams and organizations. Many of the scholarships from equestrian foundations are disbursed based on not only an applicant's dedication to the sport but other criteria such as financial need, school and community involvement. College-based rodeo scholarships will often come from funds set up by alumni.

American Quarter Horse Association Scholarships

If you're a member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) or the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA), chances are you could be eligible for scholarships through that organization. Awards are typically awarded through the state chapters of both groups, so make sure you contact your state sponsor to know the kinds of awards you could be eligible for. AGHA scholarships, which range from $500 to $75,000, are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and American Quarter Horse involvement.

Check out some examples of where to find rodeo/equestrian scholarships below. For additional information about awards based on different criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Appaloosa Youth Foundation Continuing Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Appaloosa Youth Foundation Continuing Education Scholarship is awarded college students who will be continuing their education in the fall as a first or second semester sophomore. Applicant must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent of 5.2 on a 6.0 scale. The applicant must provide three letters of recommendation. An official college transcript must [...] More

Appaloosa Youth Foundation Territory Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Appaloosa Youth Foundation Territory Scholarship gives awards to one graduating senior in each of the six territories. "At-Large" scholarships may also be awarded, at random, in the category. In order to apply for this scholarship, the applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent certification or be anticipating high school graduation during the year the scholarship is awarded. [...] More

AQHA Adrianna Andreini Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Amount: $17,500
  • Ideal candidates are a current AQHA or AQHYA member with a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Members may apply beginning their sophomore year of college. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to a four-year undergraduate and or two-year graduate level degree program of the student's [...] More

AQHA Amy D. Bell "Pay It Forward" Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Ideal candidate is a member of AQHA or AQHYA who has completed three years cumulative membership; a member of NYCHA or NRCHYA for three years or more; has a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average; and who exemplifies the qualities of compassion, benevolence and fortitude acquired through civic activities. Member must apply during their senior year of high school. Current or previous AQHF [...] More

AQHA Boon San Kitty Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Amount: $7,500
  • Ideal candidates are a current AQHA or AQHYA member with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Member must apply during their senior year of high school. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice. For more information or to [...] More

AQHA Dogwood Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Ideal candidates are a current member of AQHA or AQHYA with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to either a two or [...] More

AQHA Excellence in Equine & Agricultural Involvement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Ideal candidates are a current AQHA or AQHYA member who exemplifies the characteristics of leadership and excellence acquired through participation in equine and or agriculture activities; has a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average demonstrating academic proficiency, and does not compete in AQHA-approved shows. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at [...] More

AQHA Journalism or Communications Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Amount: $32,000
  • Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year and are pursuing a college degree in journalism or communications. Recipient must pursue a career in news, editorial or print journalism, photojournalism or a related field. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled as a freshman at an accredited college or university. Recipient must [...] More

AQHA Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Amount: $45,000
  • Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA for at least one year who is attending an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine; whose studies focus on equine medicine and or surgery, and has a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Recipient must pursue an equine-focused veterinary practice. Applicant must be enrolled as a third year veterinary school student when applying. Funding for [...] More

AQHA Rusty and Kay Moody Post-Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Ideal candidates are a current AQHA member with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Members must apply while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a two-year graduate level degree program of the student's choice. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

AQHA Scoop Vessels Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Ideal candidates are current members of AQHA who demonstrate a strong work ethic and financial need. Members must apply while enrolled as a sophomore in an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to the junior and senior year of a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's [...] More

Mike Lozano Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2022
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Mike Lozano Scholarship is given annually to a graduating high school senior athlete from the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required and students must be interested in pursuing a degree in education and/or coaching for the purpose of teaching and coaching at the high school level upon graduation from college. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

The Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship is available to a student attending a college or university in Washington state, pursuing a career in pre-veterinary medicine (equine emphasis) equine science, racetrack management, equine business or pasture management and equine marketing and/or communications as it pertains to racetracks, horse farms, and other related fields. To be eligible [...] More
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