From the K.E.E.P. Media Team:

The KEEP Foundation and the Race For Education Award Over $33,000 in Scholarships for 2023
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.

About the KEEP Foundation
The mission of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), established in 2014, is to support the economic success of Kentucky’s signature industry by ensuring its continued economic viability, making the industry accessible for all who want to participate, introducing more young people to the industry and its opportunities, and educating the people of the Commonwealth about the importance of horses to the state, its economy, its heritage, and its people.

To learn more about the KEEP Foundation or support our work, visit

About the Race For Education
Through academic development programs, tutoring, internships, financial literacy training and scholarships; The Race For Education provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial need and academic challenges.

The ultimate goal of The Race For Education is to ensure our young people become successful in life and assets to their community.