champions

Sponsored by Ariat International, the Champions program is an incentive-based equine service program to stimulate and reward volunteerism on behalf of horses. Individuals achieving Champion status become eligible to receive Champion benefits include the opportunity for scholarship to further their academic and riding education.


Champions Scholarship Program

Last updated 8/31/2017

Champion of Equine Service Academic Scholarships


The EQUUS Foundation will award a minimum of four $1,000 Champion of Equine Service Academic Scholarships in 2018 based on the volunteer service performed by Champions in the 2017 calendar year.

Individuals applying for the Champion of Equine Service Academic Scholarships must have a GPA of 3.0 or above and will be required to submit their most current grade transcript from the high school, college, or graduate school the individual is attending as part of the application.

For those recipients of Champion of Equine Service Academic Scholarships, upon submission of proof of college admission/enrollment by the scholarship recipient, the EQUUS Foundation will disburse the $1,000 to the educational institution of the recipient. Eligible educational institutions include colleges, universities, trade schools, and vocational schools with an IRS 501c3 tax exempt status.


Alliance Champion of Equine Service Scholarships

The EQUUS Foundation will award the following scholarships in 2018 based on the volunteer service performed by Champions in the 2017 calendar year in partnership with specific Alliance members.


Alliance Scholarship
Alliance Scholarship

The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to offer the Alliance Academic Scholarship for individuals affiliated with US Equestrian, Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA), and/or the United States Pony Clubs (USPC) to further their academic education at the undergraduate or graduate level. Click Am I Eligible? to learn more about the Alliance Champion of Equine Service Scholarship.



PATH International (PATH Intl.) Certification Scholarship
PATH Logo

The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to offer the PATH Intl. Champion of Equine Service Certification Scholarship to assist prospective instructors with the cost of obtaining the PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor Certification. Click Am I Eligible? to learn more about the PATH Champion of Equine Service Scholarship.



Scholarship General Guidelines

Last updated 8/31/2017

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants are limited to those individuals who:
1) perform a minimum of 24 hours of volunteer community service for an organization or organizations on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Welfare Network during the calendar year preceding the award of the scholarship, thereby achieving Champion status as defined by the EQUUS Foundation; such hours to be logged in on the EQUUS Foundation website during the calendar year ending on December 31 of the year preceding the award of the scholarship, and such hours to be verified by the organization(s) and the EQUUS Foundation.
2) have a GPA of 3.00 or above unless the applicant is applying only for an Alliance scholarship where a GPA of 3.00 or above is not a requirement.
3) meet any additional eligibility requirements for and comply with the rules governing Alliance scholarships if the applicant is applying for an Alliance scholarship.


RULES

1) To participate, the individual must sign up on the Equine Welfare Network.
2) The individual is responsible for logging in the hours volunteered prior to December 31 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time in the calendar year preceding the award of the scholarship.
3) All volunteer hours must be verified by the EQUUS Foundation and the organization(s) for which service was provided. The EQUUS Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any hour(s) deemed questionable.
4) The individual must complete the EQUUS Foundation online application by February 15 in the calendar year in which the scholarship is awarded.
5) Materials submitted as part of the application process become the property of the EQUUS Foundation and will not be returned. The materials will be used as the EQUUS Foundation deems appropriate, and are not subject to any right of confidentiality unless specifically agreed to in writing by the EQUUS Foundation.
6) The individual gives permission to the EQUUS Foundation to ask individuals to review the information provided by the applicant and to the individuals selected to give advice and information to the EQUUS Foundation.
7) A committee selected by the EQUUS Foundation will be responsible for the evaluation of the applications and the selection of the recipient; the number of hours of community service over and above the 24-hour minimum requirement and the impact of the community service will be taken into consideration in the selection process.
8) The recipient will be notified by the EQUUS Foundation on or before May 1 in the calendar year in which the scholarship is awarded.
9) The recipient agrees to allow the EQUUS Foundation the right to publicize the recipient’s name on its website, and in email communications and printed materials.
10) The recipient will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.
11) The EQUUS Foundation is under no obligation to fund or otherwise have a future relationship with any applicant or recipient.
12) Other guidelines may apply for Alliance scholarships. Please review the details associated with each Alliance Scholarship by clicking on the name of the specific Alliance scholarship.