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What is the Equine Scholars Program?

The Equine Scholars Program at Georgetown College enables qualified students to obtain a first-class education at a premiere liberal arts college while participating in equine related opportunities available only in the “Horse Capital of the World”: Central Kentucky.

The Program is enhanced not only by its location in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region, but also by the College’s unique educational partnership with the Kentucky Horse Park, home of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and site of many other equestrian competitions and events. Like the Kentucky Horse Park, the Equine Scholars Program is designed to appeal to individuals with equine interests involving all professions, disciplines and breeds, no matter what the level of intensity.

The Equine Scholars Program is structured to produce young professionals who have the communication skills, business savvy and overall professional foundation to thrive in their chosen field. With dedication and commitment from the horse industry, we can offer students unique and highly sought after real-world experiences that wouldn’t otherwise be available to them.

Equine Scholars may participate in any of Georgetown College’s academic programs, including (but not limited to):

  • Art
  • Communication
  • Business
  • Drama
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary
  • Psychology

20131010_GTC_0981Through the Program, students engage in a variety of activities aimed at enhancing their appreciation and understanding of the equine industry as a whole, while giving them valuable individualized experiences that directly relate to their equine interests and career goals. Though riding is not a requirement, there is a wide variety of riding, training, lesson and competition opportunities available to our students, many of which can count toward their overall participation in the Program. Upon graduation from the College and the Program, students have a thoroughly enhanced resume and a solid professional foundation upon which to build a successful, enjoyable career that can involve horses.

Scholarships and Expectations

Students accepted into the program receive a $1,000 scholarship. Scholarships are renewable annually. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for outside, horse-related scholarships and grants, which are offered by a variety of breed and discipline associations. The Equine Scholars Program will match each approved equine scholarship (up to $1,000) that is awarded to an Equine Scholar in good standing with the Program and College.

Students can also earn an Equine Distinction by fulfilling all requirements of the Program.

Students are expected to remain in good academic and ethical standing with both the Program and Georgetown College. All Scholars participate in some unpaid philanthropic projects as selected by the Program’s Leadership Team.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to enhance the learning experience for students with an interest in the equine industry by providing a blend of a serious liberal-arts education with a scholarly equine context.
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