Over $33,000 in scholarships were awarded to Kentucky equine students for 2023, courtesy of The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Foundation, and The Race For Education (RFE).
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 the aforementioned 16 Kentucky students, the Race For Education also 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 16 2023 Race For Education KEEP Foundation Scholarship Recipients are: 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 and Logan West, University of Kentucky.