Jockey Club Announces 2020-2021 Academic Scholarship Recipients


Grace Clark

Grace Clark has been selected to receive The Jockey Club Scholarship and Eric DeCoster has been selected to receive The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship, The Jockey Club announced Tuesday.

The Jockey Club Scholarship provides $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) to a student who is pursuing a bachelor's degree or higher at any university and has demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry.

The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship awards $6,000 ($3,000 per semester) annually to a student at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) and is based on academic achievement, a proposed career path in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and previous industry involvement. Goodman was a longtime member of The Jockey Club and one of three founders of the RTIP.

Clark is a senior at the University of Kentucky and is majoring in Community and Leadership Development with a minor in Agricultural Economics. In addition to being a marketing intern and tour guide for Godolphin, she has worked in various roles for Kentucky Downs and is active in the National FFA Organization. Upon graduation, Clark hopes to work in educational outreach and promotion of the Thoroughbred industry.

DeCoster is an incoming freshman in the RTIP this fall. An Arizona native, he worked as an assistant manager at a local barn and cohosts “Racing Rundown,” a horse racing podcast. DeCoster aspires to be a bloodstock agent.

“The Jockey Club's two academic scholarships are part of the portfolio of initiatives designed to support the Thoroughbred industry, and we are proud to assist Grace and Eric in their efforts to pursue careers in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club.

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