Lexington, Ky. (Wednesday, July 24, 2019) – The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) and The Race For Education are proud to announce their 2019 scholarship recipients.

The KEEP Foundation Board of Directors approved nearly $60,000 in scholarships to 21 students, attending 10 universities across the Commonwealth. 14 of the 2019 scholarship recipients are students currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine and/or agriculture related major or a horse-related program.

“KEEP works in Frankfort and Washington to ensure that Kentucky’s horse industry continues thriving. However, the true future of the industry depends on the next generation of talent who will bring hard work, creativity and new ideas to the table. Having this group of quality students interested in equine careers from all across Kentucky demonstrates that the industry’s future will be in good hands. KEEP and the Race for Education are honored to work with these students”, said Elisabeth Jensen, KEEP’s Executive Vice President.

2019 Race For Education KEEP Foundation Scholarship
Kayla Blair – Eastern Kentucky University
Merlin Cano Hernandez – Indiana University Southeast
Celene Correa Chavez – Jefferson Community & Technical College
Cayla Cowans – Northern Kentucky University
Jennifer Dones – Midway University
Noel Martinez – University of Louisville
Cameryn Oswald – University of Kentucky

2019 4-H Leg Up Scholarship
Britney Cox – University of Kentucky
Rebekah Foutch – Gateway Community & Technical College
Madeline Howard – Asbury University
Olivia Petrey – University of Kentucky
Carley VanMeter – University of Louisville

In addition to these scholarships, the Race For Education also administers a number of sponsored scholarships. Those 2019 recipients are as follows: Judy Willard Memorial Scholarship, Alexis Scarlett (Lincoln Memorial College); Robert J. Frankel Memorial Scholarship, Andres Guerrero (University of Louisville); Xpressbet Scholarship, Alex Sausville (University of Arizona); Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship, Vaiva Palunas and Sabrina James (Washington State University); WinStar Farm Scholarship, Maggie McGoldrick (University of Kentucky), Ben Petrey (Wilmington College), Madysan Petrey (Eastern Kentucky University) and Adelinn Preston (Georgia Institute of Technology).

The Kentucky Equine Education Project, Kentucky’s equine economic advocate, is a not-for-profit grassroots organization created in 2004 to preserve, promote and protect Kentucky’s signature multi-breed horse industry. KEEP is committed to ensuring Kentucky remains the horse capital of the world, including educating Kentuckians and elected officials of the importance of the horse industry to the state. KEEP was the driving force in the establishment of the Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund, which has paid out more than $141 million to Kentucky breeders since its inception in 2006, and pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse racing, which has been responsible for more than $32 million to purses and more than $24 million to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.

KEEP works to strengthen the horse economy in Kentucky through our statewide network of citizen advocates. To learn more about how you can become a member or support our work, please visit http://www.horseswork.com.

Through academic development programs, tutoring, internships, financial literacy training and scholarships; The Race For Education provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial need and academic challenges.
The ultimate goal of The Race For Education is to ensure our young people become successful in life and assets to their community.