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APHF salutes its 2014-2015 scholarship recipients

Each year, the American Paint Horse Foundation awards scholarship funds to some of AjPHA’s most deserving young members. Over the past quarter century, APHF has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to 272 students.

Who are the students who receive foundation scholarships? They are the hard-working young horsemen and -women you see striving every day to be the best both in the horse show arena and in their academic pursuits. These students are supported by the generous donations given to the foundation program by APHA members in honor of loved ones or by regional Paint Horse clubs or zones.

For academic scholarship consideration, students must be a member of the AjPHA or APHA, 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 maintain a “B” or better grade-point average to be eligible for renewal.

A total of 21 students received new scholarships for 2014-2015. They are:

 Chloe Benning Cross Timbers PHC #1  Texas A&M University
 Erin Blochberger  Nevada PHC  Concordia University
 Sydney Broussard  Floyd & Maryanne Moore #1  University of Florida
 Kristen Chamberland  Doc & Butch Wonderlich  Kansas State University
 Taylor Dixon  Shelia Plimpton Memorial  California State University Fresno
 Ty Duesterheft  Cross Timbers PHC #2  Tarleton State University
 Madison Dunphy  Arizona PHC #5  Arizona State University
 Emily Eberspacher  Nebraska PHC  University of Nebraska Lincoln
 Heather Grossman  Zone Three #2  Casper College
 Courtney Hall  Floyd & Maryanne Moore #2  Missouri State University
 Hanna Himmelmann  Idaho PHC  University of Kentucky
 Nicole Jennings  Dr. Bill Jackson Memorial  University of Findlay
 Kelsey Kafesjian  Bill & Rachel Yoesel Memorial  Colorado State University
 Crystal Mitchell  Zone One #3  Eastern Oregon University
 Andrea Nelson  Arizona PHC #4  Utah State University
 Sarah Nelson  Lynn Simons Memorial #1  Kansas State University
 Taylor Serrano  Arizona PHC #6  Kansas State University
 Kaleena Smith  Ashley Huntington Memorial  University of Guelph-Humber
 Lindsey Valdiviez  Robert Hass Memorial  Baylor University
 Morgan Vance  Robert & Mary Parrott  Oklahoma State University
 Peyton Weldon  Ark La Tex PHC  Lonestar College

To renew, students much provide the previous semester’s official transcript and an update on their educational plans and goals. Twenty nine students renewed their scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. They are:

 Linne’ Beason  Arizona PHC #2  California State University Fresno
 Katherine Beckett  Mikea Smith Honorarium  Texas A&M University
 Christine Cobb  Utah PHC #1  Texas Christian University
 Paige Stawicki  Paul White Memorial  University of Georgia
 Allison Tuchrello  Shelia Plimpton Memorial  State University College Geneseo
 Sarayah Voorhees  Keith Lamoine Memorial  Texas Christian University
 Katrijn Whisenant  Zone Two  California Polytechnic University
 Rachel Ziesmann  Utah PHC #2  University of Wisconsin Madison
 Brayanna Bergstrom  Illinois PHC #1  Baylor University
 Ella Brave  Bill & Joye Bryan Memorial  Lunds University
 Nicole Bricker  California Paint Racing  University of Missouri
 Gabrielle Buono  Joann Cook Memorial  Berry College
 McKenna Coveney  Arizona PHC #1  Cal Poly Pomona
 Serina Lee Pack  Utah PHC #3  Western New Mexico University
 Cheyenne Patton  Zone Three #1  Oklahoma State University
 Lauren Spivey  Lee Newsom Memorial  Auburn University
 Jessica Taylor  Illinois PHC #2  South Dakoka State University
 Eva Werschky  Arizona PHC #3  University of Nevada Reno
 Celsey Beneda  Zone Three #3  Kansas State University
 Tasha Gibson  Roland & Joan Hoch Memorial  Colo Northwestern Community College
 Meagen Jones  Arizona PHC #5  Brigham Young University
 Brogan Horton  Matt Diamond Memorial  Texas A&M University
 Makenzie Keefer  Central California PHC  Colorado State University
 Stephanie King  SW Washington PHC  Pierce College – Fort Steilacoom
 Nadine Miller  Washington PHC  Washington State University
 Ashley Moore  Zone One #2  Oregon State University
 Jamie Riley  Zone One #1  University of Montana Western
 Kelsey Richie  Lynn Simons Memorial #2  Texas Christian University
 Shay Voorhees  Duane Pettibone Memorial  Dallas Baptist University

Interested in supporting the youth of APHA? Our Youth scholarship program is growing every year. We 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 will generate scholarship funds for AjPHA members competing at our championship show. The scholarship funds add up each year an exhibitor competes in select classes.
  • AjPHA Superior Sportsmanship Endowment – This new endowment was created by AjPHA President Meredith Milton as her Presidential Service Project. The goal is to fund the endowment to a minimum of $25,000 to generate a $1,000 scholarship to the Youth exhibitor demonstrating the highest level of sportsmanship each year at the Youth World Championship Show.

For more information or to donate, visit apha.com/foundation or contact Laura Jesberg at (817) 222-6412 or [email protected].

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About APHA

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 creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.