NYRA Launches Elizabeth Bracken Memorial Scholarship



The New York Racing Association launched the Elizabeth Bracken Memorial Scholarship to support and encourage students enrolled in the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) to secure careers in the Thoroughbred industry.

The $10,000 scholarship, to be awarded annually, will be open to juniors and seniors who have completed one full semester in the RTIP and have expressed the desire to work in the Thoroughbred racing industry. The scholarship honors the memory of Elizabeth Bracken, an RTIP graduate who spent 16 years at NYRA before returning to RTIP as Associate Coordinator and an instructor. Bracken died in November 2019.

“We view this scholarship as a way of attracting talented students to careers in our industry, especially in New York,” said NYRA President & CEO Dave O'Rourke. “Liz was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. Our hope is that recipients will share the kind of creativity, vision and drive that Liz brought to everything she accomplished at NYRA and elsewhere in racing.”

The $10,000 annual scholarship will be split into two parts–with $5,000 awarded for the fall semester and $5,000 for the spring semester. Eligibility requirements for those interested in applying for NYRA's Elizabeth Bracken Memorial Scholarship are as follows:

– Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to seeking employment in the Thoroughbred racing industry. All applicants must have already completed one full semester at the University of Arizona.

– Students who receive scholarships in their junior year will be eligible for a scholarship in their senior year, provided they have completed an internship with NYRA during the summer after their junior year.

– Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 grade-point average and have full-time status in the RTIP.

– Applicants must be RTIP students who are residents of the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico.

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