SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTIONS AND RULES
Deadline for Application Postmark: January 31, 2022
1. The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association (OQHRA) Scholarship is for young people planning to make a career in the quarter horse or thoroughbred business, preferably, but not limited to the racehorse industry. Scholarship recipients’ chosen career field may include, but again are not limited to, training, veterinary, track or farm management, breeding, marketing, diagnostics, journalism, research, etc. Applicants may reside in any U.S. state and are not required to hold any equine association memberships.
A. Recipient must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) in an accredited college or university for the Fall Semester of 2022, and the Scholarship Directors must receive proof of this enrollment to disburse scholarship funds for the fall semester.
B. Recipient must be legally residing in the U.S. and in good standing with Local, State and U.S. laws.
C. Recipient may be i) graduating 2021 high school senior, ii) college freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in the fall semester of 2022, or iii) accepted into and enrolled in veterinary school in the fall of 2022. Other graduate degree plans will be considered on an individual basis.
2. The following information (A through F), unless designated as “Optional,” MUST ACCOMPANY the Applicant’s completed Application Form in the manner described, or the application will be rejected. For copying purposes, please leave all pages loose or in a paper clip; do not put in binder, sheet protector, folder, etc.
A. Typed introductory letter written by Applicant.
B. Three (3) type written letters of reference, not to be submitted by relatives or guardians, which include the following information: A) how well writer knows Applicant and for how long, and B) verifiable first-hand knowledge of Applicant’s activities. One (1) letter must be from a high school (or college, if applicable) teacher/ school administrator and at least one (1) letter must be from a professional member of the Equine Industry, who is to document his/her position in the industry (example: “Breeding Manager at RolyPoly Farm Maple City, Vermont”).
C. Recent Certified High School Transcript (or certified College Transcript, if applicable).
D. A 495-525 word, typewritten, double-spaced, single-page essay titled “Why I Want To Be Part of the Equine Industry and What I Hope to Accomplish.” Applicant’s name or family name is not to appear on or within the essay. Please make this essay fit one page.
E. Recent 3” X 5” color photograph (head & shoulders only) for publication purposes (will not be returned).
F. (Optional) Attachments documenting activities, awards, etc. will be accepted, but must be typewritten and concise, and are limited to 2 additional pages. Do not repeat awards and accomplishments.
3. If the recipient chooses to postpone higher education and not enter college full-time for Fall Semester of 2022, the recipient is to contact the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association to discuss the reason for this decision and the recipient’s future plans. If the recipient does NOT contact the OQHRA by January 31, 2022 with this information, the scholarship may be forfeited.
4. If the recipient is found to have furnished false information in any required component of this Scholarship Application, the scholarship may be forfeited.
This Scholarship is made possible by the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association
Scholarship Fund Managed and Disbursed by:
Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association
(Krissy Bamberg, Executive Director)
Post Office Box 2907
Edmond, OK 73083