2022 Merit Scholarship Winner

$10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Awarded to Iliana Close

The Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) and the Mounted Patrol Foundation (MPF), joint sponsors of the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award, congratulate Iliana Close, recent graduate of Carlmont High School, on being awarded this significant scholarship.

Anne Van Camp, WHOA!, commented, “This year’s impressive applicants are deeply involved in the equestrian community, their academic commitment,s and community service.” Don Pugh, MPF, added, “Their achievements and dedication assure a bright future.”

Iliana Close

“It is an incredible honor to receive this scholarship,” said Iliana Close. “A college education is a high-cost endeavor, and my earlier cancer diagnosis and treatment complicated my family’s financial planning for college expenses. This scholarship will help me pursue my education at Stanford University, continue my research into inflammatory and rare diseases, and broaden the scope of my non-profit charity, EcoLogic Health. It will also allow me to continue volunteering at the Stanford Red Barn and the animal fostering charity, Rescue the Underdog. My hope for the future is to use my education to give back to the community through research, education, and outreach.”

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For more information, visit WHOA! at www.whoa94062.org and MPF at www.mountedpatrolfoundation.org