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Race for Education forms New Alliances and Offers More Options

Lexington, Ky. – February 16, 2011 – With ten potential scholarship opportunities offered by the Race For Education (RFE) in 2011, students’ dreams of obtaining a college education just got a little closer. Despite a tough economic climate, The Race For Education raised over $835,000 in 2010 and anticipates maintaining the same level of awards throughout 2011.

One of the newest RFE scholarship additions includes an alliance with the National Horseman’s Benevolence and Protective Association (National HBPA) in administering the Horseman’s Scholarship Program. Students are eligible for up to $6000 per year and the National HBPA will help promote the program directly through over 30 National HBPA affiliates representing nearly 50,000 horsemen and horsewomen across North America. This outreach will be done one-on-one at the HBPA affiliate level as well as through the National HBPA’s official magazine, The Horseman’s Journal, and electronically via social media (National HBPA Blog and Facebook page).

The National HBPA Education Committee will also serve as the selection committee with the participation of Elisabeth Jensen, President and Executive Director and Selection Committee Chairman, John Ward. The application deadline for this scholarship has been extended to April 15, 2011.

Also new in 2011 is the $20,000 XpressBet scholarship for a student to attend the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, the $5000 John Deere Scholarship for an agriculture major and the Frankel Scholarship, in honor of the late hall of fame trainer, Bobby Frankel, sponsored by his estate. The RFE will continue to offer the Thoroughbred, ASHADO, KEEP and Washington Thoroughbred Scholarships, as well as the Winner’s Circle Program scholarship for third-year equine veterinary students. On a sad note, the Fleet Indian Scholarship will be renamed the Olivia M. Saylor Scholarship in memory of RFE board member, Paul Saylor’s daughter who was tragically killed in a fire on New Year’s Day, 2011.

To further our mission of enabling young people of equine industry families as well as those who want to pursue an equine-related or agricultural career, $40,000 has been committed to the Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund for scholarships in Kentucky and $80,000 has been committed to the New York Youth Outreach Program, the Kentucky Youth Outreach Program and a partnership with the Belmont Child Care Association’s Anna House to offer a program that benefits elementary students in the Elmont, New York area.

Scholarship application deadline for most scholarships is Monday, February 28, 2011. For further application information contact the RFE office at (859) 252-8648 or go online to http://www.raceforeducation.org

The Race for Education provides educational programs and college scholarships to young people in the equine and agriculture industries with significant financial need. The majority of their students come from high need, low income backgrounds. The Race for Education not only offers financial support for these students, but also mentoring, tutoring, and partnership support to ensure students are receiving the support and educational skills they need to be successful.


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