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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.

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 Education Continuing Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • One scholarship may be available to a college student who will be attending college in the fall with first or second-semester sophomore standing. The applicant must have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA during their freshman year at a college or university. Each applicant must be a current member of the Appaloosa Horse Club or the Appaloosa Youth Association to be eligible to apply for an Appaloosa [...] More

Appaloosa Youth Foundation Territory Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Appaloosa Youth FoundationTerritory Scholarship 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. A minimum [...] More

AQHA Adrianna Andreini Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $17,500
  • The Adrianna Andreini Scholarship is for students who are current members of AQHA or AQHYA with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. Members can apply beginning their sophomore year of college. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate or a two-year graduate degree program of the student's choice. For more [...] More

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

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Amy D. Bell "Pay It Forward" Memorial Scholarship is for students who are current members of AQHA or AQHYA that have completed three years cumulative membership, members of NYCHA or NRCHYA for three or more years, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must exemplify the qualities of compassion, benevolence, and fortitude acquired through civic activities. Members must apply during their senior [...] More

AQHA Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship is for students who current AQHA or AQHYA members from Arizona who are also current or previous members of the Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Association. Students should be actively involved with AzQHA. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university, or vocational school. Recipient must [...] More

AQHA Arizona Quarter Racing Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $500
  • The Arizona Quarter Racing Scholarship is for students who have been members of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year who are from Arizona and have experience in the racing industry or who are seeking careers in the racing industry. Recipients must seek a career in veterinary medicine, racetrack management, or other racing-related fields. Members must apply during their senior year of high school, [...] More

AQHA Boon San Kitty Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $7,500
  • The Boon San Kitty Scholarship is for students who are current AQHA or AQHYA members with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Members must apply during their senior year of high school. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year degree program of the student's choice. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

AQHA Christopher Lawrence Junker Nebraska Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $500
  • The Christopher Lawrence Junker Nebraska Scholarship is for students who have been members of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year and are from Nebraska. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university, or vocational school. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to either [...] More

AQHA Dogwood Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Dogwood Scholarship is for students who are current AQHA and AQHYA members with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Members 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. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to either a two or four-year [...] More

AQHA Dr. Gerald O'Connor Michigan Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Dr. Gerald O'Connor Michigan Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship is for students who have been members of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year and are from Michigan. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university, or vocational school. Recipient must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients [...] More

AQHA Excellence in Equine & Agricultural Involvement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Excellence in Equine & Agricultural Involvement Scholarship is for students who are current members of AQHA or AQHYA that exemplify the characteristics of leadership and excellence acquired through participation in equine and/or agriculture activities. Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and does not compete in AQHA-approved shows. Members must apply during their senior year of high school [...] More

AQHA Guy Stoops Professional Horsemen's Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The Guy Stoops Professional Horsemen's Family Scholarship is for students who are current AQHA members or whose parent(s) are current AQHA Professional Horseman's Association with membership in good standing for three or more years. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university, or vocational school. Recipients must maintain a [...] More

AQHA Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship is for students who have been members of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year and are from Indiana. Students must also be current members of the Indiana Quarter Horse Association and have maintained two or more years of membership. Students should be actively involved with InQHA. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while [...] More

AQHA James F. and Doris M. Barton Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The James F. and Doris M. Barton Scholarship is for students who are current AQHA or AQHYA members from New York, who are also current members of the Empire State Youth Quarter Horse Association. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Funding for this scholarship [...] More

AQHA Jay Pumphrey Animal Sciences Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The Jay Pumphrey Animal Sciences Scholarship is for students who are current AQHA or AQHYA members from Texas with a rural farming or ranching background, a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and who wants to pursue a major in animal science or large animal-related degree from Tarleton State University or Texas A&M. Members must apply during their senior year of high school. Current or previous AQHF [...] More

AQHA Joan Cain Florida Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Joan Cain Florida Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship is for students who have been members of AQHA or AQHYA for at least two years and are from Florida. Students must also be members of the Florida Quarter Horse Youth Association and have maintained two or more years of membership. Students should be actively involved with FlQHA. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or [...] More

AQHA Journalism or Communications Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $32,000
  • The Journalism or Communications Scholarship is for students who have been members of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year and are pursuing a college degree in journalism or communications. Recipients must pursue a career in news, editorial, or print journalism, photojournalism, or a related field. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled as a freshman at an [...] More

AQHA Joyce Wyatt Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Joyce Wyatt Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship is for students who are current members of AQHA or AQHYA from Pennsylvania. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university, vocational, or professional school. Recipient must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year [...] More

AQHA Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship is for students who have been members of AQHA for at least one year and are attending an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine whose studies focus on equine medicine and/or surgery with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients must pursue an equine-focused veterinary practice. Applicants must be enrolled as a third-year veterinary school student. Funding [...] More

AQHA Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship is for students who have been members of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year and are from Oklahoma. Applicants must be current members of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and have maintained two or more years of membership. Students should be actively involved with OkQHA. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while [...] More

AQHA Region One Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The AQHA Region One Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship is for students who reside in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, and have been a member of AQHA or AQHYA as well as one of the above AQHA state affiliates for at least one year. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at any accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a [...] More

AQHA Rusty and Kay Moody Post-Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Rusty and Kay Moody Post-Graduate Scholarship is for students who are current AQHA members with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Members must apply while they are 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 [...] More

AQHA Scoop Vessels Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Scoop Vessels Scholarship is for students who are current AQHA members 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 GPA. Funding for the scholarship will be applied to the recipient's junior and senior year of a four-year undergraduate program of [...] More

AQHA Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid-South Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $9,000
  • The Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid-South Scholarship is for students who have been members of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year, are from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Tennessee, and competes in AQHA-approved shows. Members must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. Current [...] More

Mike Lozano Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • This scholarship fund was established in 2013 by family and friends of Coach Lozano. The 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 [...] More

The Thoroughbred Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/25/2019
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The Thoroughbred Scholarship is for students from any background wishing to pursue a career in the equine or agriculture industry.

    Eligibility:
    -24 years old or younger as of September 1 of the application year
    -Minimum 2.85 GPA
    -Have an annual household income of less than $75,000 or be financially independent from parent

    To be considered financially independent, a student must be at [...] More

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