Gerry Dilger Equine Foundation Awards Second Scholarship


Roisin Whelan

The board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Foundation has announced that its second one-time only scholarship has been awarded to Roisin Whelan. She will receive a scholarship to the Irish National Stud program for 2022.

Earlier this year, the foundation granted its first one-time only scholarship for a student enrolled in the University of Kentucky Equine Program.

The foundation has been so well supported by a multitude of donors worldwide, that it was in a position to grant extra scholarships. This particular grant was created to give an Irish citizen the opportunity to attend the world-renowned course in Kildare. The late Gerry Dilger graduated from the Irish National Stud program in 1977.

Originally from Milltown, County Kerry, Whelan came highly recommended and impressed the board by her early experience and enthusiasm having already worked on farms in Ireland and Australia since leaving school a few years ago. She has worked three breeding seasons at Coolmore Stud in Ireland and one season in Coolmore Australia. In addition, she did two seasons of yearling prep at Ashtown Stud in Ireland and has spent time with Ballydoyle Racing.

“I would like to sincerely thank you for providing me with this opportunity, it really means a lot and will help immensely over the cost of the program,” Whelan said.

“Roisin is such a deserving candidate and we are so happy to be able to provide this scholarship,” Erin Dilger said. “We wish her much success at the Irish National Stud this coming January.”

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