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APHF presents 41 academic scholarships for 2019–2020

By Mary Grace Schmid

Through the generous donations of APHA members, the American Paint Horse Foundation awards thousands of dollars worth of scholarships every year to deserving APHA students. For the 2019–2020 academic year, APHF has selected seven new scholarship recipients and renewed 34 scholarships to distribute more than $40,000 in scholarships to qualified APHA members.  

The recipients of these scholarships are the young horsemen and -women of APHA who work hard in the horse show arena and in the classroom. From different universities and colleges around the country, the recipients are awarded $1,000 scholarships for their educational pursuits. The scholarship funds for these students are donated to the foundation program by APHA members in honor of loved ones or by regional Paint Horse clubs/zones. 

For academic scholarship consideration, students must be a member of the AjPHA or APHA in good standing, must pass a college entrance examination, provide three letters of reference and submit an essay explaining their educational plans. After they have been granted a scholarship, they must take a minimum of 12 hours per semester and maintain a “B” or better grade-point average to be eligible for renewal.

Seven new students received scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. They are:

  • Allison Wichrowski | Paul White Memorial 
  • Cali Pontnack | Bud & Beverly Shoemaker
  • Caroline Tasker | Zone Two
  • Kaden Strom | Zone Three #2
  • Morgan Moser | Ashley Huntington 
  • Natalie Staas | Keith Lemoine Memorial
  • Saryn Paulsen | Cross Timbers #2

To qualify for renewal of their scholarships, students must provide the previous semester’s official transcript and an update on their educational plans and goals. A total of 34 students renewed their scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. They are:

  • Madeline Alewine | Mikea Smith Honorarium
  • Andrea Althoff | Lee Newsome
  • Jacob Grinstead | Zone 3 #1
  • Julie Hill | Dr. Bill Jackson #1
  • Curtis Howerton | Illinois PHC #1
  • Cassidy Jones | Bartholomew
  • Alyssa Sappington | Joann Cook Memorial
  • Kristen Venable | Williamson/Brashears Memorial
  • Raegan Watson | Utah PHC #3
  • Lauren Zaddack | Illinois PHC #2
  • Kieli Adkins | Garnier Memorial
  • Mackenzie Chapman | Jason Sheriff Memorial
  • Alyssa Donelson | Roland & Joan Hoch
  • Sarah Eliason | Utah PHC #2
  • Megan McClain | Washington State PHC
  • Halle Shoults | Nevada PHC # 1/Plimpton
  • Falon Sonnen | Zone 1 #1
  • Anna Lia Sullivan | Matt Diamond Memorial
  • Anna Clair Tucker | Duane Pettibone
  • Caleigh Anderson | California Paint Racing
  • Lauren Barker | Zone 1 #2
  • Jocilynn Behlen | Zone 3 #3
  • Sarah Beth Felker | Nevada PHC #2 / Shiela Plimpton
  • Alexa Hattan | Arizona PHC #3
  • Kylin Korb | Butch & Doc Wonderlich
  • Olivia Long | Dr. Bill Jackson #2
  • Kellianne Lunny | Robert Haas Memorial
  • Madison Martin | Bill & Rachael Yoesel Memorial
  • Justin Moody | Lynn Simons #1
  • Amanda Nelson | Idaho PHC
  • Jordan Olson | Lynn Titlow Memorial
  • Kyra Petty | Robert & Mary Parrott
  • Hannah Stokan | Cross Timbers PHC #1
  • Madison Vance | Floyd & Maryann Moore #1

Interested in supporting APHA Youth members? The APHF offer several ways to donate for education.

  • Academic Scholarships: Contribute to one of our existing endowments that fund a scholarship every year.
  • Youth World Championship Show Scholarships: This new initiative generates scholarship funds for AjPHA members competing at our championship show. The scholarship funds add up each year an exhibitor competes in select classes.

For more information or to donate, visit apha.com/foundation or contact the APHF at [email protected].

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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.