Get to know the eight deserving students who were selected to receive Reining Horse Foundation scholarships this year.
All Photos Courtesy of Recipients
Each year, the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) awards academic and need-based scholarships to deserving NRHyA members and past members. Applications are reviewed by an independent committee, which scores each student based on financial need, academic achievement, an essay, involvement in NRHyA and community, and references. Students may apply as high school seniors, and if selected, are eligible to reapply.
In 2020, eight students will receive a combined $13,000 in RHF scholarships. Applicants penned essays based on a prompt asking them to define their own success—inside and outside the reining arena—because NRHyA members consistently achieve success across many levels of competition. The review committee found their thoughtful responses both creative and inspiring.
“I remember the first time I loped, my first blue ribbon, and my first reining pattern,” wrote 2020 RHF scholarship recipient David Gringeri. “At those moments, spirits were high, but I recognized that it was hours in the saddle and late nights at the barn that I was celebrating.”
Kelly Harper, a first-time RHF scholarship recipient, shared, “I have received an unwarranted amount of support from those around me, and soon it will be my turn to do the same for the next generation of young reiners.”
For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, visit reiningfoundation.com or nrhya.com. Watch for updated application information in early 2021. The RHF scholarship program is made possible by donations—primarily from individuals. To make a difference as a donor, contact RHF executive director Leslie Baker at (405) 946-7400, ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.