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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

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for its 2017-2018 Collegiate Scholarship Program. The MSOA Scholarship Program, which began in 2008, continues to grow. Thanks to generous donations from many members of the harness racing community, more than $13,000 will be available to deserving young men and women.   This year's scholarship options include the $5,000 MSOA Collegiate Scholarship, the $2,500 CSC Insurance Options Scholarship, the $1,000 Dr. Barry C Betts Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by LCM Nutraceuticals), the Well Said Scholarship (sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms) and the Winning Mister Scholarship (sponsored by Key Farms).   Applicants must be a son or daughter of an owner, trainer, driver or groom who has participated in harness racing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on a regular basis over the 2 years preceding the application. Said parent must be a member of the MSOA, and the applicant must be at least a senior in high school.   One application covers all of the above listed scholarships. An independent committee will review the applicants and determine the winners of each individual award.   Applications must be submitted to the MSOA Office or postmarked no later than Friday May 12, 2017. Click on the link below for the application.   2017 MSOA Scholarship Application   from the MSOA

The 2017-18 SOA of NY/Yonkers Raceway Jo Ann Memorial Scholarship Applications are now available. The scholarship offers a first place prize of $5000, a second place prize of $3000 and a third place prize of $2000. Applicants must be a 2017 SOA of NY member in good standing or a backstretch employee covered by the SOA of NY welfare plan or a member of the immediate family of either. The scholarships are awarded for an accredited program of study leading specifically to a degree or certification beyond the high school level. Awards will be based on merit and financial need. Complete rules and an application are available at the SOA of NY web site www.soaofny.com      

In a winner's circle presentation during the Thursday, December 29 harness racing card at The Meadowlands, Martin Scharf will present the 2016 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarships to Garrett Chellis and Natalie Martuscello. The scholarship is administered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF). Chellis, of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, will receive a $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip stipend. The son of Drew and Wendy Chellis, Garrett attends Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where he studies Technology and Engineering. He graduated from Commonwealth Connections Academy with a Straight-A report card. In addition to helping in his parents' stable, Garrett has worked as a carpenter second, assisting in various aspects of the trade. He hopes to combine those skills with his college education, to become a teacher. Natalie Martuscello will receive a $5,000 Gallo Blue Chip scholarship from Scharf and HHYF. A resident of Latham, New York, she studies Psychology and Neuroscience at Temple University.. She graduated this spring from Shaker High School and was named to the Honor Roll. She has a long resume of extra-curricular and volunteer activities, ranging from cheerleading, to attending leadership conferences to working with a regional food bank. The HHYF has posted applications for the 2017 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship and its other scholarships at the website, www.hhyf.org. Celebrating 40 years of youth education and service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization 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 makes 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 www.hhyf.org. For more information, contact Keith Gisser, keith@hhyf.org, or 216-374-1392.  

Tyler Harmon, the son of Patty and Rob Harmon has been awarded a scholarship for the 2017 – 18 school year from the University of Vermont, for his exemplary hockey skills.   The Harmon family are longtime horsemen that regularly race at Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands. Tyler became interested in the sport of hockey after attending a Red Wings game with his family, who are long time Detroit fans.  He first began skating in the barn on roller blades, before he decided to hit the ice at the age of seven.  According to his mother Patty “Tyler works very hard, when he first started playing hockey he had a natural instinct to protect the net no matter what position he was playing. “ That instinct turned him into the award-winning goalie he is today; he hopes to become the starting goalie for the Catamounts. We wish Tyler the best of luck in his education and hockey future at the University of Vermont. Courtney Stafford      

Harness Tracks of America and International Sound Corporation are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarship awards totaling $15,000. The annual funding program, eligible to sons and daughters of harness racing participants or individuals actively engaged in the sport themselves, was launched in 1973 by Stan Bergstein, the late HTA Executive Vice President for nearly 60 years. Three outstanding students will each receive a $5000 grant to assist in their post-secondary educational careers. “We had a bumper crop of determined and accomplished applicants for the 2016-17 school year,” noted David Snyder, Chairman of the Selection Committee. “The costs of a college or advanced degree continue to climb, and the committee had a difficult task separating 22 very worthy candidates. Nearly all of them demonstrated strong academic skills, financial need, generous volunteer and community service participation, and energetic part-time employment experiences.”  This year’s Harold Snyder Scholarship recipients are: SARAH MARIE BIRKHOLD: A 22 year-old Animal Sciences major at The University of Florida in Gainesville, Ms. Birkhold will graduate in December and plans to pursue a Veterinary Medicine degree at either UF or The Ohio State University. She earned a 3.89 GPA during her spring semester and just days ago learned that she aced her summer session Physics 2 Lab class.  Throughout high school and college, Sarah worked part-time as a tax preparer, rental property manager and assistant in the George Birkhold Stable, where she helped break and train yearlings. Last year she started a small business painting and tiling cow heads and painting old saws that she finds in antique shops. “It’s definitely nice to earn some extra money doing something I love,” she wrote in her essay submission, adding, “I have not yet had to borrow money/loans, but I will have to for graduate school.” Birkhold currently serves as President of Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen and Treasurer of Block and Bridle and recently received the Outstanding Service Award from the Biotechnology Alliance of Suncoast Biology Educators. She was a teaching assistant, lecturer and grader for the Animal Nutrition course spring semester and will serve in that capacity again for the Equine Enterprise Management class this fall. JENNE’ VENIER: Ms. Venier, 18, graduated in June from Eastwood High School in Pemberville, OH. Enrolled in a demanding college prep curriculum, including Biology 2 and Anatomy & Physics post-secondary classes at the University of Findlay, she finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.99, earning all A’s and two B’s. She just started fall semester classes at Lourdes University near Toledo, pursuing a degree in nursing.  A National Honor Society inductee who earned the Most Valuable Player award on the Eastwood Varsity Golf Team, Jenne’ was involved in numerous charitable endeavors throughout high school, including Wood County Special and Youth Olympics, Food Pantry, Sharing Hands and blood drive volunteer. The award-winning chalk artist and painter garnered impressive endorsements attesting to her character and work ethic, including lengthy and sincere letters of recommendation from her high school English teacher and Key Club advisor, youth pastor and the Wood County Prosecuting Attorney. Jenee’ is the daughter of owner-trainer-driver Dan Venier and owner-groom Cheryl Venier. They own and operate a family farm in Pemberville.  MICHAEL FAHY: Fahy, 23, is a repeat recipient, having won the same $5000 grant amount last year after achieving a sterling undergraduate record at southeastern Ohio’s Marietta College. He is the son of harness horse owners William and Moira Fahy, who race at The Meadows in Washington, PA.  Michael is now in his second year at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where he will graduate in spring 2017 with a Master of Arts advanced degree. He is majoring in U.S. National Security Policy. Michael served as a Legislative Affairs Intern for the U.S. Department of State during his second semester and is currently employed as an Analyst Intern at the federal Government Accountability Office. “I have been tasked with auditing the U.S. Department of Defense regarding their efforts to adapt their infrastructure to the effects of climate change overseas,” he wrote. “This topic is very politically salient and has exposed me to the deep depths of the government bureaucracy.” The obvious skills of articulateness and diplomacy Mr. Fahy demonstrated in his scholarship essay are matched by his continuing academic prowess. He currently boasts a 3.67 GPA at Georgetown after earning all A’s and one B+ in such rigorous subjects as Grand Strategy/Military Operations, Energy and Security and U.S. Defense Budgeting and National Security. Harness Tracks of America and International Sound Corporation have made 214 grants to 146 students since the scholarship fund’s inception. A total of $808,950 has been awarded. The program remains one of the cherished legacies of double Hall of Famer Bergstein and International Sound founder Snyder, who died in 2015. HTA Scholarship Committee Members Tom Aldrich (Northfield Park), Charles Lockhart (Dover Downs), Chris McErlean (Penn Gaming), Rick Moore (Hoosier Park) and Jason Settlemoir (The Meadowlands) are deeply grateful for the continuing financial support of Marcia Snyder, Harold’s widow, and son David. The Snyders’ generous endowments have enriched the sport and touched the lives of harness racing families over many decades.  Heather McColloch c/o Northfield Park 330-467-4101, ext. 2204 hmccolloch@northfieldpark.com          Heather MCColloch   Marketing & Hospitality 330-467-4101, ext. 2204          

Harness Tracks of America and David Snyder, President of International Sound Corporation, are pleased to announce the renewal of the Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships for the 2016-2017 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 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 July 2, 2016. Since being inaugurated in 1973 by the late HTA Executive Vice President Stan Bergstein, 211 grants totaling $793,950 have been awarded to 144 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 last year, 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 Marketing & Hospitality 330-467-4101, ext. 2204          

Harness Tracks of America and David Snyder, President of International Sound Corporation, are pleased to announce the renewal of the Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships for the 2016-2017 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 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 July 2, 2016. Since being inaugurated in 1973 by the late HTA Executive Vice President Stan Bergstein, 211 grants totaling $793,950 have been awarded to 144 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 last year, 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  c/o Northfield Park 330-467-4101, ext. 2204 hmccolloch@northfieldpark.com    

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for its 2016-17 Collegiate Scholarship Program. The MSOA Scholarship program, which began in 2008, continues to grow. Thanks to generous donations from many members of the harness racing community, more than $13,000 will be available to deserving young men and women.   This year's scholarship options include the $5,000 MSOA Collegiate Scholarship, the $2,500 CSC Insurance Options Scholarship, the $1,000 Dr. Barry C. Betts Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by LCM Nutraceuticals), the Western Ideal Scholarship (sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms) and the Winning Mister Scholarship (sponsored by Winning Key Farms).   Applicants must be a son or daughter of an owner, trainer or groom who has participated in harness racing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on a regular basis over the 2 years preceding the application. Said parent must be a member of the MSOA, and the applicant must be at least a senior in high school.   One application covers all of the above listed scholarships. An independent committee will review the applicants and determine the winners of each individual award.   Applications must be submitted to the MSOA Office or postmarked no later than Friday May 6, 2016.   Visit www.themsoa.com for a copy of the application. Jeff Zidek  

Westfield, IN- Updated applications are now available for three scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Completed applications are due at the HHYF office by April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to 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). "Several of the applications have been revised in order to assure the best candidates. We want to give potential applicants as much time as possible to complete them," explained HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. "We hope that by posting these before \the holidays, students will have some extra time to put sufficient effort into their submissions." 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 $1,500 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. 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. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization 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 has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include 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. Keith Gisser    

Vernon, NY --- The Harness Horse Association of Central New York is proud to announce the 2015-2016 scholarship winners. The $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Myra Hoke, daughter of Joseph and Theresa Appler of Utica, N.Y. Myra is a student at Keuka College majoring in Social Work and a minor in Psychology. Her plans include pursuing her Masters Degree in Military Clinical Social Work. Jonathan Hallett, son of John and Michelle Hallett of Margate, Fla., was awarded $2,500. Jonathan is an honors graduate of Deerfield Beach High School. He will be attending the University of Central Florida majoring in Bio-Chemistry and Pre Med. David Mondrick was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. He is the son of John and Lynn Mondrick, Durhamville, N.Y. David is pursuing a degree in Renewable Energy at the State University of NY at Morrisville. Scholarships are based on financial need, essay, community service and grades. A total of $9,000 is available to three students whose parents/guardians are members of this Association. The Harness Horse Association of Central New York

The 2015/2016 SOA of New York / Yonkers Raceway scholarship winners were recognized in the harness racing winner's circle at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night.   Adam Michael (pictured in orange shirt), received his $5,000 first place prize with his family alongside. Presenting the check were SOA President Joe Faraldo (right), SOA Executive Director Alex Dadoyan (left) and Yonkers Raceway Track Superintendent Ed Ryan (second from left).   Adam is a standardbred owner working towards a Master's Degree in Music Education at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.   Jessica DeWitt (center with friends and family), received her $3,000 second place prize presented by Yonkers Raceway Track Superintendent Ed Ryan (second from right) and SOA President Joe Faraldo (right).   Jessica is currently enrolled at the University of Connecticut, where she is studying to be a Children's Physician's Assistant.   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.  

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce that Keelan MacDonald of Inverness, Nova Scotia Canada has won the $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship and that the $1,000 Sweet Karen Scholarship goes to Rebecca Galloway of Otsego, Michigan. The Curt Greene Scholarship honors an individual who, like its namesake, has demonstrated a passion for harness racing. Keelan MacDonald, the son of Jolene Macdonald, demonstrates that passion with his goal of becoming a full-time trainer and driver. While he will be attending Nova Scotia Community College to learn heavy equipment operation, he plans to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. Even then, he has an eye to harness racing, believing his skills in equipment operation will allow him to condition the local track, Inverness Raceway. "When I was a child, the track was the place to be in the summer," he says, demonstrating he same passion Greene brought to his myriad racing responsibilities. Sweet Karen may be the HHYF diva, but Michigander Rebecca Galloway, the daughter of Scott and Tracy Galloway, is anything but. She has the talent and the ability of a diva, but leaves the attitude at home. Galloway attended the week-long HHYF Balmoral Park/Odds On Racing camp in 2010 (attendance at an HHYF event is a pre-requisite for the scholarship) and learned a great deal about the differences and similarities between the HHYF Trottingbreds and the larger Standardbreds that she had seen race. She plans to attend Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, here she will study Psychology. Rebecca plans to use her degree to develop a therapeutic equine program that involves a driving element. She attends Otsego High School and despite a demanding course load carries a 3.6 GPA. "Reading their essays, it's really clear that these two scholarship recipients meet the criteria and ideals that the Curt Greene and Sweet Karen Scholarships entail," said HHYF President Marlys Pinske. "We are proud to be able to assist in their continuing education." Keith Gisser

At least $15,000 in 2015-16 college scholarships are on the line for sons and daughters of harness racing participants throughout the United States and Canada. The annual program has dispensed 208 grants to 141 different students for a total of $778,950 since its beginning in 1973. The scholarships are based on academic merit, financial need and active harness racing involvement. Application forms, with a postmark due date of July 10, are available at www.harnesstracks.com/scholarships.htm or by contacting Heather McColloch at (330) 467-4101, ext. 2204 or hmccolloch@northfieldpark.com. Last year’s six winners hailed from five different states: Alleysha Reynolds of Duryea, PA (Delaware Valley College), Lyndsay Hagemeyer, Clarksville, OH (University of Cincinnati), Thomas Hundertpfund, Magnolia, DE (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Thomas Wine, Coconut Creek, FL (Broward College), Jennifer Lauer, Hightstown, NJ (East Stroudsburg University) and Maxwell Auerbach, Glen Rock, NJ (University of Maryland). Contact Information: Heather McColloch c/o Northfield Park 330-467-4101, ext. 2204 hmccolloch@northfieldpark.com

Bob MacDougall, Chairman of the co-sponsored SOA of New York/Yonkers Raceway Scholarship Committee, has announced that Adam T. Michael is the winner of the 2015-2016 Scholarship Award in the amount of $5,000.00, Jessica De Witt is the winner of the second place $3,000.00 award and Charlene Cushing is the winner of the third place $2,000 award.   Adam T. Michael is currently enrolled at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey where he is working on achieving his Master's degree to further his music education, enabling him to continue teaching music to high-needs students in the inner-city of Passaic New Jersey. Michael has worked tirelessly to do this special work, while also balancing his time in the world of harness racing, as a proud Standardbred owner.   Jessica De Witt is currently enrolled at the University of Connecticut, where she is studying to be a Children's Physician's Assistant. She has been an exceptional student in high school and college as a member of the Honor Society and Deans List. Her passion is horses. Jessica is truly happy about the opportunities she had by being born into the racing business and spending so much of her life in the barn or the tracks. She plans to use the work hard ethic she has learned being around the race industry and to apply that in her future endeavors. Jessica is the daughter of Jackie Rousse, Hudson Falls, New York.   Charlene Cushing has been involved in the harness racing industry for over 25 years, which began as a teenager growing up in Monticello, New York. She was a Marshall for 15 years, and then attained her trainer/driver license in 1990. In 2007 her driving success earned her the MHHA Rising Star award. A few years ago, her husband became disabled and as a result of caring for him, she realized that she had a desire to help others in a different profession, so she enrolled in college classes to become a nurse. Charlene is currently enrolled at Central Maine College of Health Professionals, and looks forward to becoming an RN in May of 2016. Her husband is Michael Cushing of Farmington, Maine.   "The scholarship records of these three winners, along with their participation in extracurricular activities were excellent," noted MacDougall. "They should serve as examples for all high school and college students to follow. 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.   The winners and their families will be acknowledged one night at Yonkers Raceway this summer.   Alex Dadoyan

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