Rodeo 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 the Western schools. As the sport grows in popularity, however, 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’d 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 keeping up with 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.

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.

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. The scholarships, which range from $500 to $2,000, are awarded based on financial need, academic merit and American Quarter Horse involvement.

Appaloosa Youth Foundation Education Continuing Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 18, Annually
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 GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a 4.5 on a 6.0 scale 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 [...] More

Appaloosa Youth Foundation Territory Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 20, Annually
The Appaloosa Youth Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding youth members of the Appaloosa Horse Club or Appaloosa Youth Association wishing to pursue higher education. Scholarships are awarded annually, with the entire amount paid to the financial office of the college or university the student will be attending. The entire award is paid at the beginning of the student's first semester; is [...] More

AQHF Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid-South Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Foundation provides financial assistance to members of the American Quarter Horse Association and or the American Quarter Horse Youth Association through general, racing, career path and state or regional scholarships.

Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year who is from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi or Tennessee, and who competes in [...] More

Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
To be eligible for an award from the Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund, applicants must be Russia High School (Shelby Co., Ohio) graduating seniors pursuing an associate or a bachelor's degree as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and participated in at lease five (5) athletic seasons throughout high school.

Selection will be [...] More

Miss Rodeo America Pageant
Application Deadlines:
The Miss Rodeo America Pageant has provided educational assistance over the years to many contestants. Recognizing a need to further develop its scholarship program, the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation was established to provide educational scholarship funds to selected Miss Rodeo America Pageant participants. The Foundation, a separate corporation from Miss Rodeo America, Inc., [...] More

The Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Washington State Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship is available to Washington state residents OR students attending a Washington school 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, equine or racetrack marketing and/or [...] More

Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete annually will be awarded a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of [...] More

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