Youth World Show Scholarships
In 2015, the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show became an all-scholarship show—the first of its kind in the horse industry. To understand how it came about, you have to go back to 2013, when a group of halter industry supporters made private donations to the American Paint Horse Foundation to fund scholarships for halter classes. The inaugural halter scholarships—presented to each class’ world and reserve world champions—were awarded at the 2013 Youth World Show and totaled $15,000.
Halter enthusiasts also added donations for the 2014 Youth World Show. In a new twist, scholarships were awarded through sixth place across ten classes, giving more exhibitors a chance at the cash. In fact, more than 40 Youth earned halter-event scholarships at that year’s show.
In 2015, the American Paint Horse Foundation stepped up to the plate to offer $1,300 in scholarship money for each of the 80 World Championship classes at the 2015 Youth World Show. The money served two purposes: provide an attractive reason to participate in the premier Youth Paint Horse show while also giving a compelling reason for parents to combine their children’s love of horses with an investment in their futures. Halter enthusiasts again donated extra funds for halter scholarships and for the first time, performance enthusiasts could donate addition scholarship funds to specific performance classes. When the curtain closed on the 2015 Show, 155 Youth walked away with scholarship checks.
The 2016 Youth World Show again offered scholarships in every World Championship class. Payouts per class ranged from $1,300 to more than $5,000. Scholarships were awarded to exhibitors placing first through third, plus a randomly drawn exhibitor, in each class. Additional private donations to the coffers for selected classes increased both overall payouts and their depth, reaching the top five- or six-placing exhibitors plus special payouts.
At the 2016 show, 153 exhibitors earned scholarship and over half of them were first time scholarship winners. Some older exhibitors, competing one last time with their Paint Horses before they aged out of the division and entered the next horizon of their educational careers, will put their scholarships to use right away, paying for tuition, books and more to further their futures. Others have years of potential ahead of them, the opportunity to collect a war chest of college cash that will reward them—and their families—for an investment in Paint Horses and all the intrinsic benefits that come along with a life shared with horses.
Want to donate to Youth World Championship Show Scholarships?
Use our easy donation form to give a gift to support the higher education of our Paint Horse youth. You can choose to make a gift specifically to the 2017 show, or to our Youth World Championship Show endowment, which helps generate the base scholarships.