4-H Horse Program Members Get a "Leg Up" in 2013

Newsdate: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 - 07:10 am
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

The Race for Education is pleased to announce its newest scholarship the Kentucky 4-H Horse Program ‘Leg Up’ Scholarship. This college scholarship is offered in partnership with Kentucky Equine Education Project will be awarded to one 4-H horse club student in his/her senior year of high school in each 4-H club in Kentucky. Criteria for this scholarship include communication skills, leadership, and commitment to the agriculture and equine industry. 

Scholarships for 4-H horse program participants

Scholarships for 4-H horse program participants

A $250 college scholarship is offered in partnership with Kentucky Equine Education Project and will be awarded to one 4-H horse club student in his/her senior year of high school in each 4-H club in Kentucky. New window.

Funding will be provided by The Race For Education. The Kentucky Equine Education Project will work with Kentucky 4-H Horse Program to promote the Leg Up program throughout the state.

“KEEP is proud to partner with these two great organizations in promoting this new scholarship opportunity.” says Cara Stewart, Grassroots Director of KEEP.  “Working with the Race for Education with our own scholarship efforts, we have been able to reach many more individuals thru their unique scholarship network, we are glad to have another opportunity to support their efforts.”

The $250 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student of each club annually. Students will also be eligible to participate in the Race for Education’s Assets for Independence Program and receive an additional $4,000 in scholarship funding.

“As a former 4-H member, I know first hand how valuable the program is to the community and the young people involved are just the type of students The Race For Education would like to support”, stated Elisabeth Jensen, President and Executive Director of The Race For Education.

“The Kentucky 4H Horse Program is a youth development program that uses the horse to instill in kids the sense of responsibility, leadership, and other desirable traits of character. By partnering with The Race for Education we are also increasing the opportunity for them to further their education, so they ultimately can become mature citizens. We are highly honored to join forces with The Race for Education in this new endeavor.” Fernanda Camargo DVM, Ph.D, UK College of Agriculture - Animal and Food Sciences Department

Currently, Kentucky has 115 4-H Horse clubs in the state in 89 counties. Each 4-H club and/or county agent will be responsible for selecting their scholarship recipient. Each scholarship recipient will be recognized at the Kentucky 4-H State Horse Show, July 12, 2013 in Louisville, KY.

Through academic development programs, tutoring, internships, financial literacy training and scholarships, the Race For Education provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial need and academic challenges. 

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