Indiana Horse Council Education Scholarship
- Associate/Technical Program
- Beginning a Bachelor Degree Program
- Continuing a Bachelor Degree Program
- Professional or Graduate Degree Program
2016 Scholarship Recipients
Beginning in 2016, one education scholarship applicant earned special recognition for an outstanding record of community service as the winner of the prestigious Jim Kirkham Scholarship. Jim Kirkham’s tireless dedication to many equine organizations, including the Indiana Horse Council, the Indiana Horse Council Foundation and the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo, are prime examples of community service at its best.
Each education scholarship recipient is required to submit a short summary of academic achievement in the course of study for which the scholarship was awarded and describe how the recipient benefited from the scholarship. Here are summary reports from 2016 IHC scholarship winners.
- Kascha SmithBrazil, IN | Continuing a Bachelor Degree ProgramKascha SmithBrazil, IN | Continuing a Bachelor Degree Program
Since being generously awarded the Indiana Horse Council scholarship, I have successfully completed the first semester of my sophomore year at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana. I am currently majoring in both Equine Business Management and Business Administration as well as minoring in Equine Science. As a double major, I have consistently maintained a 3.62 GPA and have successfully completed ten equine related courses along with two business related courses. Currently, I have obtained 61 credit hours of the 120 credit hours that are required to obtain my degrees. Since being awarded the IHC scholarship, I have gained many valuable equine experiences such as volunteering my time at the Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo, registering to participate in an equine massage therapy certification course, and joining the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods equestrian team. The Indiana Horse Council scholarship I received has helped to relieve some of the financial burden associated with my college tuition. As an aspiring equine professional, I feel very blessed to have the encouragement and financial support of the Indiana Horse Council. The scholarship dollars I have obtained will help me to achieve my goals and become a productive contributor to Indiana's horse industry.
- Amber FowlerVincennes, Indiana | Professional or Graduate Degree ProgramAmber FowlerVincennes, Indiana | Professional or Graduate Degree Program
My time and experiences at Purdue University in the College of Veterinary Medicine have been very rewarding and have allowed myself to grow in the profession I care a great deal about. Even with the great mass of information we learn in the classroom, there is also so much more to learn outside the classroom. Having financial assistance through the Indiana Horse Council has helped me to expand my knowledge outside the university walls and to allow myself experience other aspects of the industry. This past year alone I continued my knowledge of the business side of the industry through a business seminar provided by the Krannert School at Purdue. I was also able to attend the AAEP convention for equine practitioners as well as attend the student focus based workshop where we learned more about ultrasound, podiatry, imaging, and even how to run your business when it comes to charging clients for services. I took a great deal away from the trip! Having the chance to better myself and make myself more aware of the industry, I feel is only setting myself up for success in the future. Over the next year and a half of school, I will be taking in as many experiences as possible to increase my knowledge base but to also increase my skills. I am very excited for what the remainder of my school time holds for me as I prepare for my beginning in the profession as an equine practitioner.
- Morgan Kay NobbeGreensburg, IN | Beginning a Bachelor Degree ProgramMorgan Kay NobbeGreensburg, IN | Beginning a Bachelor Degree Program
During my first semester at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, I have successfully passed all my classes. At SMWC I am majoring in Nursing, which is a growing field of study here. I thoroughly have enjoyed the classes I have taken. The scholarship has allowed me to not stress as much about my financial standpoint and to fully focus on my classes. I am a SMWC Honors Student here as well. My classes that I am taking let me grow throughout the class through lectures and labs. I took an Equine Assisted Therapy class that allowed me to see the mental health side of how horses can be used. I would like to utilize what I learned in that class to help any patients with psychological disorders. I am also participating on both the Hunt Seat and Western Equestrian Teams. Thank you for granting me this scholarship that has helped my educational experiences grow.
- Frances GarrettPine Village Indiana | Professional or Graduate Degree ProgramFrances GarrettPine Village Indiana | Professional or Graduate Degree Program
Jim Kirkham Scholarship Winner
With the aid of the IHC Scholarship I have been able to complete the first semester of my Graduate degree. I am attending the Master’s of Leadership and Development program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. This is a fast track program that will allow me to obtain my graduate degree within 12 months of study. I am excited to announce that I am already half way there! Over the course of the past year I have been able to accomplish several large personal goals. I graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with honors, receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Business Management and was later accepted into the Graduate Program. I participated in the IHC Queen contest and became the 2nd runner up. I have been enjoying traveling the state of Indiana and participating in IHC events with the current Queen and the rest of the court. This May my show mare and a miniature horse that I rescued both gave birth to two beautiful fillies that I have enjoyed working with for the last 7 months. Watching them grow up happy and healthy has been a deeply gratifying experience and I am excited to watch them continue to grow and become fantastic equines. I am currently working with the Warren County Community Foundation to better my community as well as gain a stable network of individuals who will help me achieve my dream of owning a therapeutic stable that benefits at risk youth. None of my achievements this year could have been accomplished without the IHC’s generosity through the scholarship programs.
- Stephanie WilsonColumbus, IN | Continuing a Bachelor Degree ProgramStephanie WilsonColumbus, IN | Continuing a Bachelor Degree Program
Being a recipient of this IHC Education Scholarship has allowed me to continue in my plan of study at Purdue University. Majoring in Biology, I must take a very difficult and challenging schedule, however, I am continuing to work hard and I enjoy learning new things. My favorite class this semester was my anatomy class and lab. My background in State 4-H Hippology competitions gave me a valuable understanding of the basics and this allowed me to benefit more from this class. There are surprising similarities between human and horse anatomy. I look forward to taking the second semester of the course this spring. I have also been able to participate in undergraduate research this year in the field of genetics. Having this scholarship has been very important to me because it allowed me to participate on the Purdue Western Equestrian Team for another year. Being a member of the team gives me the opportunity to be around horses which would otherwise be impossible for me while at Purdue. In addition, being a member of the team gives me a much needed break from the constant stress of my classes and allows me to continue my love for horses. While taking lessons and participating in competition with the team, I have seen growth in my riding abilities. I am very appreciative for the opportunity this scholarship has given me and I have worked hard to maintain a GPA of more than 3.9. Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to continue on my path to becoming either a veterinarian or a medical physician. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for me.
- Cassandra HowardGosport, IN | Continuing a Bachelor Degree ProgramCassandra HowardGosport, IN | Continuing a Bachelor Degree Program
I was grateful to receive a scholarship from the Indiana Horse Council in 2016. This scholarship was a great opportunity for me and allowed me to continue my Bachelor in Nursing and graduate in a fulfilling and successful program. As my first degree was in Animal Science, I thrived to continue my education in health and medicine and got accepted into Nursing School at Marian University in 2013. I recently graduated in December and am currently studying to take my state boards exam and start my career as a Registered Nurse. I hope to combine my love of health care with people and my love of animals into a career one day by utilizing the therapeutic healing of animals to help patients of all realms to recover and heal from illnesses one day. This scholarship only furthered my dream to accomplish this and continue my dream of healing hands through science and medicine and through the amazing healing powers of animal therapy. I encourage each and every horse lover to be a part of this amazing Indiana Horse Council association and contribute to the scholarship program as it can help change students’ lives. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I thank all of the scholarship contributors and donations for making my dreams possible.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
- Frances GarrettPine Village, Indiana | Continuing a Bachelor Degree ProgramFrances GarrettPine Village, Indiana | Continuing a Bachelor Degree Program
I received notice on October 15th, 2013, that I had unanimously and unconditionally been accepted into the school of Equine Studies at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute. As part of the college Equine Gateway studies application, I had to complete 32 credit hours of college courses with a 2.50 GPA or above, 250 hours of course study volunteer internship work, write an acceptance essay, and complete a personal interview with the college equine board of educators. That was 4 short years ago and I am now currently completing my senior year of college with a 3.6 GPA. Over the course of my college career I have volunteered at Therapion Riding Center and with the Indiana Special Olympics Equine Program working with disabled riders, I have traveled to Ireland to explore the international equine world of breeding Irish Sport Horses, and I have continued to study at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College. These opportunities have solidified my commitment and further empowered my passion with everything equine. Currently I am an SMWC Honors Student, Senior Class President, Resident Assistant, and a member of the Region 7 IHSA 1st place Western Equestrian Team. I am majoring in Equine Business Management, Equine Science, and minoring in Business Administration with plans to become PATH certified and rehabilitate rescue horses to become therapy horses for human rehabilitation. As an individual who is finalizing her bachelorette degree, I can look back and think of all the support provided by the IHC throughout my equine education, not only in scholarship dollars, but also in the providence of multiple learning and volunteer opportunities such as volunteering at the Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo and networking with some of the top equine professionals of the nation. No amount of thanks can explain my gratitude for the IHC and their generosity
- Stephanie WilsonColumbus, Indiana | Continuing a Bachelor Degree ProgramStephanie WilsonColumbus, Indiana | Continuing a Bachelor Degree Program
The scholarship that I received from the Indiana Horse Council helped me to continue my attendance at Purdue University this year. I am majoring in Biology now so I can easily complete both Pre-Veterinary and Pre-Medical requirements. My freshman year went very well. In the spring semester, I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Foal Watch Team through the Vet School’s Large Animal Hospital. I volunteered to be on call on different days and if a foal came in the hospital that needed one-on-one attention, I got called in to help. I absolutely loved being a part of the Foal Watch Team and helping the veterinarians take care of foals. I also volunteered at the State 4-H Hippology competition and the State 4-H Horse Judging competition. I had competed in these competitions since I was ten years old, and it was very rewarding to be able to help now and to assist young 4-H kids who share my love of horses. As a sophomore, I still enjoy all of my classes and the great experiences that Purdue is teaching me, both inside and outside the classroom. My Professional Agriculture sorority is helping me learn more about what it takes to become a professional woman in the community. This year, I am a member of the Purdue Western Equestrian Team. I really love being able to take some time off campus and spend it with my wonderful team and the horses. Thankfully, I have learned how to successfully balance my extensive extracurricular activities with my time studying for my classes, allowing me to achieve a 3.91 grade point average. I feel that I am well on my way to achieving my goal of becoming either a veterinarian or a doctor. Because higher education costs are continuing to rise, this scholarship has been a major help for me to attend the college of my choice and lessens the burden of future debt. Thank you so much for giving me this awesome experience to attend such a wonderful school. I look forward to what the future holds for me at Purdue.
- Abra FosterLafayette, Indiana | Professional or Graduate Degree ProgramAbra FosterLafayette, Indiana | Professional or Graduate Degree Program
My final year at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has been an amazing year. During our 4th year we spend all of our time in clinical rotations within various parts of the teaching hospital. This includes large animal medicine and surgery, small animal medicine, orthopedic surgery, radiology, and much much more. I have also had the opportunity to complete a clinical rotation off campus at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where I had the chance to experience hands on learning in wildlife medicine and rehabilitation. This included working with animals such as baby rabbits and squirrels and large birds of prey such as Bald Eagles and many different owl species. This was an incredible once in a lifetime learning experience. I am looking forward to graduation this coming May, when I will begin my career as a veterinarian at the Animal Welfare Center, a branch of the Humane Society of Indianapolis. At this location I will have the chance to bring much needed medical care such as vaccinations and spay and neuter surgeries to parts of the Indianapolis community where it is needed the most. I am grateful to the continued support of the Indiana Horse Council during my time in veterinary school. The scholarship program has enabled me to experience different learning experiences outside of the normal classroom learning. I look forward to spending my career putting my education to work in the community.
2014 Scholarship Recipients
- Valerie ScottRoachdale, Indiana | Continuing a Bachelor Degree ProgramValerie ScottRoachdale, Indiana | Continuing a Bachelor Degree Program
This past semester I had the opportunity to take some of the most interesting classes of my Purdue University career, thus far! I got to take some unique courses in animal sciences as well as courses that challenged my creativity and intellect. One course that I got involved with this semester prepared my classmates and myself for a service learning trip that we would be taking to Cap Haitien, Haiti over winter break. During the four months of class time we learned about the culture of Haiti as well as prepared lectures and demonstrations to present to university students and prominent community members of Cap Haitien. My trip to Haiti was a life changing opportunity. The experiences that I had while in the country changed my perspective on life and gave me a passionate drive to pursue a career and lifestyle that is driven towards the goal of helping those around me and in my world. Besides my involvement with studying abroad this last semester, I also continued to be active as a Purdue Department of Animal Sciences Ambassador. With this position I promote and serve Purdue’s Department of Animal Sciences by hosting alumni and potential students, networking with prominent figures of the animal science industries, as well as educating the public on animal sciences topics. I also work in a research lab in the Department of Nutrition Science as a research lab assistant. In this position I complete and supervise experiments that are being run to analyze nutritional and exercise effects to human genetic markers for inflammation, diabetes, and obesity. Some of the statistical analysis and reporting that I have completed will be presented by myself and other members of the lab at the National Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts this spring. Without the funds of the IHC Education Scholarship that I received, my pursuit of education would just not be possible. Funding from IHC has paved a way for me to explore my career possibilities, learning potential, and has even enabled me to explore our world. I will be ever grateful for the funding that IHC has granted to me because their funding has opened doors of opportunity for me that before their generous donations would not be possible for me to pursue.
- Stephanie WilsonColumbus, Indiana | Beginning a Bachelor Degree ProgramStephanie WilsonColumbus, Indiana | Beginning a Bachelor Degree Program
The scholarship that I received from IHC helped me to attend Purdue University this fall. I am majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary medicine. I really enjoyed all of the classes that I took this past semester. The animal science class and lab proved to be my favorites. I loved being able to go out to the different farms and learn about all of the other animals. I am excited for the animal science labs that I will take in the future because I will be able to do more handling of the animals. I have joined the Professional Agriculture Sorority, Sigma Alpha, and really love it. This allows me to network with others in the field. I have plans to join the Purdue horse judging team soon so I can be back around horses. While my course of study was very difficult, I was able to learn time-management skills and this helped me to achieve a 3.79 grade point average. I feel that I am well on my way to achieving my goal of becoming a veterinarian. As you know, higher education costs are continuing to rise. This scholarship helps me to attend the college of my choice and lessens the burden of future debt. Thank you so much for giving me this awesome experience to attend such a wonderful school. I look forward to what the future holds for me at Purdue.
- Anna Marie GianniCrown Point, Indiana | Beginning a Bachelor Degree ProgramAnna Marie GianniCrown Point, Indiana | Beginning a Bachelor Degree Program
Thank you for the IHC scholarship. It partially paid for my 2014-2015 school year. I am currently attending Purdue University Calumet. My original plan was to head straight to the Purdue campus in Lafayette, Indiana, to study Agriculture Communications. However, after tough decision making I decided to stay home for my first two years. This alleviated much of my financial stress and allowed me to become an active Lake County 4-H leader. I also have more of a chance to work with young 4-Her’s. I have been taking my pre-requisite classes for Agriculture Communications and decided to minor in German and French. I have a passion for foreign languages as well. I have narrowed down what I want to do with my degree. I would like to create a program where I am the guest speaker in schools. I would like to educate students about producing and processing food. I would like to start an educational garden to correlate agricultural science. The children would plant and harvest the garden. They could have a farm to table lunch day. I firmly believe that children should learn how to be self-sufficient. I learned this from my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. My grandfather says history repeats itself. Gardens and canning would become important should another depression take place. Not only has my passion stemmed from my family, but also from a workshop I held while I was in 4-H. In 2013 I held a “Friends from all Over” workshop. I invited 4-Her’s from my county who don’t experience the farm aspect of 4-H. The children worked with horses (and other livestock) and agriculture at my family farm. Seeing the joy in their faces from learning something that I have been lucky to grow up with humbled me. Now I seek to share my knowledge, passion, and work ethic with others. The IHC scholarship has allowed me to launch my education and bring my dream to life.
- Frances GarrettPine Village, Indiana | Continuing a Bachelor Degree ProgramFrances GarrettPine Village, Indiana | Continuing a Bachelor Degree Program
Thank you for choosing me as a recipient of the IHC scholarship. I am honored to be a part of your great organization. Your generous help allowed me to act upon the long sought wish of mine to study abroad this past semester. I traveled to Ireland and attended the University of Limerick school of Equine. I was able to travel throughout the country and experience the equine industries of a new culture. I was also able to travel to other countries while abroad and gain a new understanding of the world as a whole. After this semester I have been able to inspire others to take the courageous leap into the unknown just as I did. While abroad I was able to volunteer over 200 hours at a traditional Irish livery, an Irish stud farm, and an Irish equine assisted therapy center. I was able to partake in an Irish fox hunt and complete a cross country course as well as create a large network of amazing people. I hope to incorporate some of the methods I learned at these facilities within my own equine business after I graduate. This past semester was truly unforgettable and I would never have been able to experience such amazing things had it not been for your help. Thank you once again for your generosity and I hope that you continue this endeavor of kindness.