AZQHA INTERSCHOLASTIC SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
AzQHA has developed an innovative scholarship program designed to encourage membership and reward excellence. Arizona Youth members who are going to college are eligible to compete for a portion of the scholarship funds.
Why do we call it ASCENT? Ascent means to a rise to an important position or a higher level. The AzQHA is passionate about our youth and committed to doing all things possible to see our future generations rise up to the next level through education.
The ASCENT program awards scholarships to Interscholastic Equestrian Association competitors at a competition during the Arizona Fall Championship Show. In order to qualify for these awards, they must be AzQHYA members and show at two of the three No Bling Shows. This program has added many new youth members, as well as competitors and spectators at our shows.
The Arizona Quarter Horse Association will offer an Interscholastic Championship Invitational at the 2018 Arizona Fall Championship show. There will be three classes of Horsemanship and one class Reining to 6th– 8th grade students. Four classes horsemanship and two classes reining to 9th-12th grade students. Each class (ten classes) to award $1000 worth of scholarships. Each class to pay three places $500 to 1st, $300 to 2nd. $200 to 3rd.
SUPPORT THE ASCENT PROGRAM
With your help, we can continue to expand this program.
This year, we would like to double the number of scholarships awarded. The need is great, the kids are amazing and donations are a well-spent investment in the future. Download the Scholarship Packet to learn more and meet the 2017 recipients
2017 Arizona Fall Championship Show Winners:
Future Beginner Horsemanship- $500.00 Gabriela Vanezia
Future Novice Horsemanship- $500.00 Quinn Eisenfeld, Karina Kimery $300.00
JV Beginner Horsemanship- $500.00 Morgan Farrell, Kamryn Castro $300.00
JV Novice Horsemanship- $500.00 Chloe Alhaig, $300.00 Elizabeth Perkins
Future Intermediate Horsemanship- $500.00 Avery Shriver, $300.00 Ben Balow
Varsity Intermediate Horsemanship- $500.00 Anthony Luna
Varsity Intermediate Reining- $500.00 Anthony Luna
Future Intermediate Reining- $500.00 Ben Balow, $300.00 Avery Shriver
Two classes did not have eligible scholarship riders.
Criteria to compete:
- Youth must be an AzQHYA member the year of competition prior to their first no bling show competition. Memberships may be purchased at the shows or online at AzQHA.org
- IEA current year member (IEA memberships must be paid by Nov. 1, of the preceding year to be a future year member)
- Youth must compete in at least one class at 2 of the 3 AzQHA No Bling shows
Funds earned by exhibitors are kept in a restricted account by the AzQHA until they graduate from high school; then, the funds are paid directly to the college, trade school or university that student attends.
This is a wonderful incentive for youth to participate and compete in horse shows each year. Over time, it can add up to a significant boost to their education fund.
Many thanks to Dr. Joni Hegel for sponsoring AzQHA’s Youth Scholarship programs.
When can I redeem my scholarship? Once you declare which accredited college or trade school you will be attending. A disbursement form will be available from the AzQHA.
When are the requests due? Once the recipient declares which college they will be attending they must contact AzQHA with the respective colleges financial department contact information. AzQHA will send the funds directly to the college the recipient requested, in the students name.
What is accredited school?
Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the appropriate agency. AzQHA will leverage the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs reported to the U.S. Department of Education as a validation source. (www.ed.gov)
The recipient will have up to two calendar years after their graduation from High School or GED to request their scholarship and begin attendance at the college, trade school or university. After 2 years the scholarships expire and monies will be allocated for future eligible students.
Disbursements allowed up to $4000 per semester and or $8000 annually. (Disbursement amount per semester may not exceed the students account billing)
AzQHA Board of Directors reserves the right to determine eligibility criteria and enhance the program as needed.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 AQHA SCHOLARSHIPS NEED TO BE INTO AQHA BY December 1, 2017 go to
Visit the AQHA Grant & Scholarship page for details and application.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Must be current member of AzQHYA or past member. Must have membership card or written correspondence from AzQHA secretary confirming previous membership.
2. Applicant must complete and submit 500 word essay on “How my equine-related activities have influenced my life” and send to AQHA Foundation- c/o Laura Owens 2601 i-40 East Amarillo, TX 79104 http://www.aqha.com/Foundation/Content-Pages/Scholarships/Application.aspx
3.Must maintain enrollment as a full-time student.
4.Must maintain minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
5.Must contact AzQHA in writing to inform us of your intentions of applying for scholarship and provide copies to AQHA scholarship office.
6. If not accepted for scholarship in one year applicant can reapply for the scholarship the following year.
*Scholarship will NOT include long distance learning or online education courses.
Also The University of Arizona has a website you can contact to find out about the different scholarships available – Check them out at https://cals.arizona.edu/OAP/scholarships/info.html