The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. has awarded a total of $6,500 in college scholarships to six Pony Club members for their outstanding achievements in academics, sportsmanship, and leadership through horsemanship. Recipients were selected through an application process administered by Pony Club, which involved essay submissions reviewed by a scholarship committee and chosen according to the requirements for each opportunity.
“These students are excellent examples of the valuable lifelong skills that Pony Club teaches, preparing them to succeed in the classroom, the workplace, and beyond,” said USPC Executive Director Teresa Woods. “We are so proud of all that these members have achieved and know that they have bright futures ahead.”
Pony Club’s scholarships are made possible through generous donations from partners and sponsors, as well as support from the USPC Annual Fund.
Meet the 2021 USPC Scholarship Recipients
Triple Crown Nutrition Scholarship
The Pony Club Triple Crown Nutrition Scholarship is sponsored by Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. to reward Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club, earning a Pony Club certification higher than a C-2 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0. This year’s recipient is Kara Echternacht, an H-B certified member from Miami Valley Pony Club. Kara is a second-time scholarship recipient and is majoring in finance at The Ohio State University.
Dorothy Renfro Memorial Scholarship
The Dorothy Renfro Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for higher education to an active Pony Club member who exhibits the qualities that Dorothy Renfro valued most: leadership, horse management, and volunteering time and energy to beneficial activities. This year’s recipient of the Renfro Memorial Scholarship is Sydney “Aspen” Curtis, an H-B certified member of Pioneer Pony Club majoring in biotechnology at Utah State University.
Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship
The Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship is awarded annually to a Pony Club member pursuing a Liberal Arts degree in areas such as literature, music, theater, and visual arts. This year the Helbert Memorial Scholarship for Liberal and Visual Arts was awarded to Elizabeth Beazer, a C-1 member of Brazos Pony Club who plans to major in journalism and media at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Pony Club Jubilee Scholarships are awarded to two Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club, with a certification of C-2 or higher. Recipient Anna Ferrin is an H-B member of Loudoun Hunt Pony Club who will be studying civil engineering at Messiah University. Recipient Erin Przybyl, an H-B member from Misty Morning Farm Pony Club Riding Center, plans to major in animal science/biochemistry at Iowa State University.
Anson W. H. Taylor Memorial Scholarship
The Anson W. H. Taylor Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by Pony Club and the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) in memory of former Pony Club President and ELCR founder Anson Taylor. The scholarship is awarded to a current Pony Club member who has been actively committed to land conservation efforts. This year’s recipient is Madeline McDougal, an H-B member of Butte Valley Pony Club. Madeline is a second-time scholarship recipient attending William Jessup University and majoring in biology
How to Apply
Find out more about the scholarships available to Pony Club members, and see which ones you might be eligible for: https://www.ponyclub.org/Members/CollegeScholarships/Default.aspxThe applications become available in January each year and are due at the end of March.
For some tips to help you get started and other ideas to incorporate Pony Club into the college application process, check out these resources on the blog: