Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are the future of the reining industry, and the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities to youth members. The RHSF is proud to announce the recipients of more than $10,000 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Christine Gordon, Helen Lauth, Justine Peters, Holy Lauth, Samantha Belcher, Alexis Daggit and Haiden De Jane. The scholarships these youth members received are a very important sector of the more than $40,000 that RHSF awards annually.
Twenty youth members from the United States and Canada submitted applications for the RHSF Scholarships. Recipients, chosen by a committee, were based on academic achievement, involvement in NRHyA and NRHA, future goals and financial need.
“The increase in scholarship applicants over last year is encouraging because it shows our members are becoming more involved in NRHA and in their community,” said Manager of the RHSF and NRHA Youth Programs Shianne Megel. “It’s an honor to recognize the hard work of these outstanding members.”
Christine Gordon from Colorado, Helen Lauth from Minnesota, and Justine Peters from Nebraska were each awarded $2,000 in RHSF scholarship monies. Gordon currently attends Colorado Christian University majoring in Business Administration. Lauth is a student at South Dakota State University where she majors in Park & Recreation Management and competes on the equestrian team. Peters is planning to attend the Oklahoma State University where she will be a member of the equestrian team and study Health Sciences.
Holly Lauth and Samantha Belcher will each receive $1,500 in scholarship awards from the RHSF. Lauth is currently attending Rochester Community and Technical College majoring in Radiology. Belcher is a Pre-Veterinary student at the University of Georgia and a member of the Lady Bulldog Equestrian Team.
Alexis Daggett and Haiden De Jane will be awarded $750 in scholarships from the RHSF. Daggett will be majoring in Biology or Chemistry at Trinity University. De Jane plans to attend Front Range Community College and Colorado University, Denver majoring in International Business.
“The NRHyA is a great organization because of the outstanding individuals involved. The youth program plays a huge part in our sport. I hope the scholarship program will continue to help recognize our youth members for all of their hard work and dedication,” said Mike Hancock, President of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation.
For more information about the RHSF Scholarship program, go to rhsf.com or nrhya.com. You may also contact the RHSF & NRHA Youth Programs at (405) 946-7400.
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