Merit Scholarship 2024 Application

The Mounted Patrol Foundation (MPF) and the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) are accepting applications for the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award. For the fifth year, this scholarship is jointly sponsored by the two organizations for the continuing education of a high school senior with a demonstrated involvement in, and future dedication to, equine-related activities. Community involvement and academic achievement will be considered with a strong emphasis placed on financial need.

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Application deadline is May 10, 2024, at 3:00 pm. Applications must be completed by this deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Eligible applicants are high school seniors involved in equine-related activities in the San Francisco Bay Area who have been accepted to a continuing education program this fall.  Such programs may include: college, university, trade school, or other educational programs.

Applicants will need to provide at least one reference letter from their teacher, instructor, counselor, or individual who can attest to their equine involvement. Up to three reference letters will be accepted.

Applicants will be required to show financial need by submitting a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or equivalent documentation.

Applicants will provide transcripts showing their GPA.

The $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award will be paid directly to the recipient’s continuing education program in support of the recipient’s tuition, fees, expenses, room, and/or board.

Beca de Mérito Ecuestre del Área de Woodside de $10,000 Invitación para estudiantes de último año de secundaria

(Woodside, California) 12 de febrero de 2024 – Mounted Patrol Foundation (MPF) y Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) están aceptando solicitudes para la Beca de Mérito Ecuestre del área de Woodside de $10,000. Por quinto año, esta beca está patrocinada conjuntamente por las dos organizaciones para la educación continua de un estudiante de último año de secundaria con una participación demostrada y dedicación futura a actividades relacionadas con los equinos. Se considerará la participación comunitaria y los logros académicos con un fuerte énfasis en la necesidad económica.

La fecha límite para hacer la solicitud es el 10 de mayo de 2024 a las 3:00 pm. Las solicitudes deben completarse antes de esta fecha límite. No se considerarán solicitudes tardías o incompletas.

Los/las solicitantes elegibles son estudiantes de último año de secundaria involucrados en actividades relacionadas con los equinos en el Área de la Bahía de San Francisco que han sido aceptados en un programa de educación continua este otoño. Dichos programas pueden incluir: colegio, universidad, escuela vocacional u otros programas educativos.

Los/las solicitantes deberán proporcionar al menos una carta de recomendación de su maestro, instructor, consejero o persona que pueda validar su participación equina. Se aceptarán hasta tres cartas de recomendación.

Los/las solicitantes deberán demostrar necesidad económica mediante la presentación de una FAFSA (Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes) o documentación equivalente.

Los/las solicitantes proporcionarán expedientes académicos que muestren su GPA.

La Beca de Mérito Ecuestre del Área de Woodside de $10,000 se pagará directamente al programa de educación continua del beneficiario/a para cubrir la matrícula, las tarifas, los gastos, el alojamiento y/o la comida del beneficiario/a.

Caring Cowgirl

WHOA! is pleased to support the outreach work of Caring Cowgirl with funds that will help support their mission to advocate accessibility for the next generation of equestrian enthusiasts from all diverse ethnic backgrounds, the Latinx community, and for children of immigrants like founder Liz Evans.

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Caring Cowgirl Receives a WHOA! Grant

WHOA! is pleased to support the outreach work of Caring Cowgirl with funds that will help support their mission to advocate accessibility for the next generation of equestrian enthusiasts from all diverse ethnic backgrounds, the Latinx community, and for children of immigrants like founder Liz Evans.

The funds will be used for the Mini Mobile Unit program specifically for ongoing visits to Bret Hart Elementary School in San Francisco. They teach and honor bilingualism, bi-literacy and multiculturalism.

Caring Cowrgirl programs help bring the many emotional and social benefits that their miniature equines provide to a larger group of San Francisco’s inner-city youth who face socioeconomic and accessibility hurdles, as well as overt and passive discrimination.

In 2021 and 2022, Liz brought her mini horse and mini donkey to the pony rides field during the Woodside Day of the Horse. Caring Cowgirl will be back this year also – 2023!!

 Funded in Only a Few Days – WJR Jumps

Woodside Junior Riders is so happy, and greatly appreciative, of the funding from Woodside Community Foundation and the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association for our new jumps! 

We feel especially honored that this request was fully funded in only a couple of days. It shows the great support we have in our town.

WJR hopes to bring along the next few generations of equestrians and horsemen to help keep the rural character and heritage of Woodside alive and well into the future. 

These new horse jumps will be cherished for the next 30 to 40 years.”

Thank you so very much!

Kathi Dancer, President
Woodside Junior Riders