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Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has extended the deadline for applications for the harness racing 2020 Scholarship program. Completed applications must be postmarked by July 10,, 2020 to be considered. Application and requirements are available on the OHHA website. https://www.ohha.com/assets/2020-ohha-scholarship-application.pdf The scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and/or students enrolled in degree or certificate programs. Graduate students are not eligible unless they are enrolled in a harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program and provide complete details regarding the harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program in conjunction with their application. Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and financial need and must be used towards the cost and expenses directly related to coursework and a degree being pursued at a college or university. The announcement of 2020 OHHA Scholarship recipients will be made August 3, 2020. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. Frank Fraas

Due to the interruptions and limitations caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Harness Horsemen International's (HHI) Board of Directors has extended the deadline for 31st annual Jerome Hauck Scholarship application to June 1, 2020. The $4,000 award is granted to a son or daughter, or any person with a legal guardian, of an HHI-affiliated association member. The HHI Scholarship Foundation was organized in 1986 in memory of Jerome L. Hauck, one of the founders of HHI who served as its president for 12 years, assisting students exhibiting outstanding achievement among their peers and promoting higher education and citizenship. The application and all additional information must be completed and submitted by the June 1, 2020 deadline. The application can be found at the HHI website, http://www.harnesshorsemeninternational.com/FillableHHIScholarship.pdf. For more information, contact your local horseman's association or Harness Horsemen International, 319 High Street, Suite 2, Burlington, New Jersey 08016, (609) 747-1000, or email dhartmannhhi@verizon.net. Harness Horsemen International            

The Standardbred Owners Association of New York is pleased to announce that the 2020/21 SOA of NY John R. Brennan/MGM Yonkers Scholarship Application and Rules are available. The Scholarship awards a $5,000 first prize, $3,000 second prize and $2,000 third prize. Application deadline is May 31, 2020. The Scholarship applicant or his/her immediate family member must be a 2020 SOA of NY member in good standing. Or the applicant can be an immediate family member of a Backstretch employee (caretaker) covered by the SOA Welfare Plan. “Immediate family” means spouse or child. Either the applicant or their parents must have participated at Yonkers Raceway in the last 12 months as an owner, trainer, driver or caretaker. For a complete list of rules and eligibility please click here. For the application, click here.

The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is proud to offer the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association Scholarship Fund Program.   The total value of scholarship funds will be $10,000 which may be divided among multiple winners with the minimum amount being $2,500.     The applicant or a family member must be a member of the OHHA.    Completed applications are due June 15.    More information and the application can be found on the OHHA website here.   Regina Mayhugh Communications Director Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association

David Snyder, President of International Sound Corporation, and Harness Tracks of America, are proud to announce the renewal of the Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The annual program offers $15,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education to daughters and sons of licensed trainers, drivers, caretakers, management personnel, or young people themselves who are actively engaged in the harness racing industry.  Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are customarily awarded to three to six individuals annually. Interested candidates can retrieve brief instructions and an official application form by accessing the HTA website at www.harnesstracks.com, or by contacting Scholarship Committee Coordinator Heather McColloch, [hmccolloch@mgmnorthfieldpark.com], c/o Northfield Park, 10705 Northfield Road, Northfield, OH 44067, 330-467-4101, ext. 2204.  Deadline for application submissions is June 24, 2019. Since being inaugurated in 1973 by the late HTA Executive Vice President Stan Bergstein, 223 grants totaling $840,950 have been awarded to 151 college and advanced degree students.  The Snyder Family and International Sound, providers of racetrack and sport facility video, graphics and audio services to over 100 U.S. and international clients, have been the primary benefactors of the fund.  Patriarch Harold Snyder, who died at 91 in 2015, started his career as a television repairman, founding ISC with his wife Marcia. Today, the business is the largest of its kind in the racing industry. Heather McColloch  c/o Northfield Park 330-467-4101, ext. 2204 hmccolloch@mgmnorthfieldpark.com      

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) have released details and applications for the bursary/scholarship program for local students pursuing agriculture-related studies. College and university credited programs are eligible for up to a twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollar award. The program is designed to provide financial assistance for students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties, and the Region of Waterloo, who are entering, or currently enrolled in, college or university agriculture-related programs. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $126,500 to 82 students. The Application Form (PDF) is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/grasprograms/ All applications must be received no later than July 16, 2018. Successful applicants will be determined by August 15, 2018. Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony at Grand River Raceway on a race night in September. Kelly Spencer

David Snyder, President of International Sound Corporation, and Harness Tracks of America, are pleased to announce the renewal of the Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. The annual program offers $15,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education to daughters and sons of licensed trainers, drivers, caretakers, management personnel, or young people themselves who are actively engaged in the harness racing industry. Three $5,000 grants are customarily awarded every year. Interested candidates can retrieve brief instructions and an official application form by accessing the HTA website at www.harnesstracks.com, or by contacting Scholarship Committee Coordinator Heather McColloch, [hmccolloch@northfieldpark.com], c/o Northfield Park, 10705 Northfield Road, Northfield, OH 44067, 330-467-4101, ext. 2204. Deadline for application submissions is June 25, 2018. Since being inaugurated in 1973 by the late HTA Executive Vice President Stan Bergstein, 219 grants totaling $825,950 have been awarded to 149 college and advanced degree students. The Snyder Family and International Sound, providers of racetrack and sport facility video, graphics and audio services to over 100 U.S. and international clients, have been the primary benefactors of the fund. Patriarch Harold Snyder, who died at 91 in 2015, started his career as a television repairman, founding ISC in 1959 with his wife and surviving widow, Marcia. Today, the business is the largest of its kind in the racing industry. Heather McColloch

Sudlersville, MD- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF), the harness racing industry leader in youth development is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the three 2018 scholarships HHYF offers. Completed applications are not due at the HHYF office until April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to https://www.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships to access the applications and each scholarship's eligibility requirements and general information. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on GPA, financial need, completeness of application and quality of essay (where applicable). The HHYF scholarships are the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, a stipend of up to $15,000, sponsored by Martin Scharf, for children of licensed trainers or caretakers in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey; the $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship for students who have demonstrated a passion for harness racing and have financial need; and the $1,000 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. HHYF has awarded over $625,000 in scholarship grants since its 1976 founding. For questions please e-mail the HHYF office at ellen@hhyf.org. The HHYF website also provides a comprehensive listing of harness racing-related scholarships available through other sources, which is regularly updated. That list is available at http://hhyf.org/scholarships-and-education. For over 40 years, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, ia charitable 501(c)3 organization, has been dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation is at the forefront of youth education and service to harness racing , making a difference in young people's lives through interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For further information on this press release, contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or e-mail keith@hhyf.org.      

MANALAPAN, NJ — August 8, 2017 — The 2017 BCAP and SBOANJ scholarships winners were invited to the Meadowlands with their families on Saturday (July 29), to receive their harness racing awards. The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, community service, financial need and affiliation with the New Jersey Standardbred industry.  This years recipients were Travis Ceppaluni of Jackson, NJ and Tyler Miller of Millstone Twp., NJ.  Each student received a $4,000 check and a plaque from the SBOANJ and BCAP associations. Congratulations to the winners and their families, we wish them success in their future academic careers. Courtney Stafford      

The winners of the 2017-2018 SOA of NY/Yonkers Raceway Jo Ann Hertlein Memorial Scholarship and their families were at Yonkers Raceway this Saturday to receive their awards. First place winner John McDermott Jr. was awarded the $5,000 top prize scholarship. Christopher Regina received the second place prize of $3,000 and Oleyna Hauser earned the third place scholarship for $2,000. This year's scholarship was named in memory of Jo Ann Hertlein, a long time office administrator at the SOA of NY who passed away in December. Members of the Hertlein family were also in attendance to congratulate the winners. The annual SOA/Yonkers Raceway scholarships are awarded to SOA members, or members of their immediate families, or to covered individuals (backstretch personnel) or a member of their immediate families, for study beyond the high school level. The recipient is chosen on the basis of merit and financial need.  

John McDermott Jr., Christopher Regina and Olena Hauser win co-sponsored SOA of NY/Yonkers Raceway Jo Ann Hertlein Memorial Scholarship Awards Sandra Kaufman, Chairman of the co-sponsored SOA of New York/Yonkers Raceway Scholarship Committee, has announced that John McDermott Jr. is the winner of the 2017-2018 Scholarship Award in the amount of $5,000. The second place award of $3,000 went to Christopher Regina and Olena Hauser picked up the third place scholarship award of $2,000. John McDermott Jr. recently received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is currently enrolled for the Fall at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. John’s father John McDermott races horses at Yonkers Raceway and around the East Coast. Christopher Regina recently graduated from Mahopac High School in Mahopac, New York. He will be continuing his education this Fall at the University of Albany where he will pursuing a degree in Finance and Business Administration. Christopher’s father Anthony Regina has campaigned Standardbreds at Yonkers Raceway for more than 20 years. Olena Hauser is currently attending Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York City where she is majoring in International Business. Olena also received a scholarship last year from SOA of NY/Yonkers Raceway, finishing in a tie for second. Olena’s stepfather Timothy Hauser is longtime horse owner campaigning top trotters including Classic Martine and Frau Blucher. “We were very pleased to have 12 very strong applicants for this year’s award,” noted Kaufman. “The point totals were very close this year and so many of the students displayed a strong combination of academic achievement and community involvement.  The Committee wishes all of the applicants the very best as they continue on with their education”. The annual SOA/Yonkers Raceway scholarships are awarded to SOA members, or members of their immediate families, or to covered individuals (backstretch personnel) or a member of their immediate families, for study beyond the high school level.  The recipient is chosen on the basis of merit and financial need. This year’s scholarship was renamed in memory of Jo Ann Hertlein, a long time office administrator at the SOA of NY offices who passed away in December.

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Collegiate Scholarships.   This year, a total of over $15,000 is being awarded to five students that are sons and daughters of MSOA members. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Collegiate Scholarships. This year, a total of over $15,000 is being awarded to five students that are sons and daughters of MSOA members. The top award is a $5,000 scholarship presented by the Board of Directors of the MSOA.  The award goes to Kristopher Bryce Hite, who will begin studies this fall at the Florida Institute of Technology, where he will major in biomedical engineering .  He is the son of Kris Hite.   The $3,700 Well Said/Hanover Shoe Farms Scholarship has been awarded to Brett Schoeffel, the son of Steve and Kathy Schoeffel of Evans City.  Brett will be a sophomore this fall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he will be studying business.   The Winning Key Farms/Bob Key Scholarship for $3,100 is awarded to Rielly Steuernagel, son of James Steuernagel.  Rielly will be a freshman this fall at Allegheny College, where he will pursue degrees in both chemistry and theater   This year’s $2,500 CSC Insurance Scholarship has been awarded to Sara Zidek, the daughter of Jeff Zidek.  Sara is a sophomore at the College of Wooster, where she is studying neuroscience.   Jessica Cocciolone is the winner of the $1,000 Dr. Barry C. Betts Memorial Scholarship, presented by Mary and Larry Smith.  She is the daughter of Carl and Sharon Cocciolone, and is a junior at Robert Morris University studying cybersecurity.   “We do a lot of charitable work, but nothing is more gratifying for us than this annual scholarship presentation,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock.  “We have helped so many young people over the years, and it is great to see them go out into the world and be successful, knowing that we helped to play a part in that.  We are fortunate to have some great partners that help us, and we are thankful to Hanover Shoe Farms, Bob Key, CSC Insurance and the Smith Family for their generosity.”   The recipients will be honored in a winners circle presentation at The Meadows Racetrack on Adios Day, Saturday, July 29.   by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association and the Harness Horse Breeders of NYS sponsored a Scholarship race for five local high school seniors on Sunday (June 11). Ashley Tiffany of Tioga Central, driving the horse Springhouse Mojo with trainer Mike Sinclair captured the race. Ashley, who is going to Arnot Ogden School of Nursing admitted she was real nervous. "It was a thrill of a lifetime" said the nursing major. Alicia Cygan (Vestal high school) who is going to Nazareth College to study occupation finished second with Revenant and trainer Mickey Mc Nichol. Finishing third was Anna Raymond (Newark Valley high school) driving Hot Patootie with trainer Joe Skowyra. Raymond will attend Morrisville State in the fall to study Equine Science and Management. Fourth went to Jacob Pylypciw representing Union Endicott, with the horse Thumpem N and trainer Jeff Byron. Pylypciw is going to Stony Brook University to study Clinical Laboratory Science. Finishing fifth was Ethan Pryor (Owego Free Academy) guiding College Major with trainer Jason Mac Dougall. Pryor will attend Seton Hall to study communication. All five student received a scholarship for $1,700. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.

MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 9, 2017 -- Attention all sons and daughters of New Jersey horsemen the deadline for The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, along with the Backstretch Community Assistance Program, college scholarship is fast approaching. Applications must be post marked by June 26, 2017. The scholarships will be awarded up to $10,000 and are available for qualified students who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themselves a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing. Applications and requirements are available at www.sboanj.com or contact Linda Goss at the Meadowlands. Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ cstafford@sboanj.com 732-462-2357

Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association and the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State are once again hosting their Annual "Scholarship Race" for area high school seniors. Five local high schools are participating with one senior from each school. The students along with their designated trainers will guide their horses once around the Five-eighth mile oval at Tioga Downs. Each student will receive $1,700 for their participation. Representing Union Endicott High School is Jacob Pylypciw. Jacob will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall, studying Clinical Laboratory Science. Jacob will be joined in the sulky by trainer Jeff Byron. They will be piloting Thumpem N. From Vestal High School is Alicia Cygan. Alicia will study Occupational Therapy at Nazareth College in the fall. Alicia will be with trainer Mickey Mc Nichol behind their horse, Revenant. From Oswego Free Academy is Ethan Pryor. Ethan will attend Seton Hall and studying communication this fall. Ethan will share the seat behind College Major with trainer Jason Mac Dougall. Newark Valley High School is sending Anna Raymond. Anna will be going to Morrisville State and studying Equine Science and Management in the fall. Anna will be joined by trainer Joe Scowyra, driving Hot Patootie. From Tioga Central High School is Ashley Tiffany. Ashley will be going to Arnot Ogden School of Nusing this fall to become a nurse. Ashley's partner for the race will be trainer Michael Sinclair as they try to guide Spring House Mojo to victory. The scholarship race will take place after race two during the Tioga downs afternoon card. Post time for Sundays at Tioga are 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) have released details and applications for the bursary / scholarship program for local students pursuing agriculture-related studies. College and university credited programs are eligible for up to a twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollar award. The program is designed to provide financial assistance for students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties, and the Region of Waterloo, who are entering, or currently enrolled in, college or university agriculture-related programs. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $105,500 to 74 students. • The Application Form (PDF) is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/grasprograms/ All applications must be received no later than July 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be determined by August 15, 2017. Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony at Grand River Raceway on a race night in September. Please contact Dr. Ted Clarke at (519) 846-5455 ext. 399 Kelly Spencer

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