|The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Foundation, and The Race For Education (RFE) are proud to announce that more than over $33,000 in scholarships were awarded to Kentucky equine students for 2023.
The KEEP Foundation’s board of directors approved scholarships for 16 students attending equine programs at universities across the Commonwealth. All of the 2023 scholarship recipients are students currently enrolled at a university or college in Kentucky in either an equine and/or agriculture related major or their parents work in the equine industry.
In addition to these 16 Kentucky students, the Race For Education awarded its annual Robert J. Frankel Scholarship to four students from New York: Elsa Lorieul, Carlos Lopez, Francis Marrone and Anitza Parrilla. Now in its 13th year, the Robert J. Frankel Scholarship, in honor of the late Robert (Bobby) J. Frankel, is awarded to students whose families are employed in the Thoroughbred industry and are pursuing any field of study at a college or university in California or New York state. All of the 2023 Frankel Scholarship recipients have parents that work at various racetracks in New York and will be attending universities in New York.
“The KEEP Foundation is proud to partner with the Race For Education in supporting the education and professional development of these talented individuals. We believe that investing in the next generation of equine professionals is crucial for the continued success and growth of Kentucky’s horse industry,” said Katie LaMonica, KEEP Foundation Board Chair.
2023 Race For Education KEEP Foundation Scholarship
Jaida Alee, University of Kentucky
Brant Brower, Midway University
Alysa Farrell, University of Kentucky
Leo Foo, University of Kentucky
Rebekah Garza, Morehead State University
Kara Knott, University of Louisville
Thomas Mullikin, Robert Morris University
Lauren Mullikin, University of Kentucky
Taylor Nackers, University of Kentucky
Matthew Reidy, University of Kentucky
Noah Roberson, Kentucky Horseshoeing School
Sydnee Stacy, Midway University
Maddie Stephens, University of Kentucky
Sophia Vega, University of Kentucky
Samantha Versocki, University of Louisville
Logan West, University of Kentucky
The Race For Education and the KEEP Foundation extend their heartfelt congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients and commend all applicants for their dedication and pursuit of excellence in the equine field. They would also like to express their gratitude to the generous donors and sponsors whose support has made these scholarships possible.