Edited Press Release
Officials at The Jockey Club have announced that it has created three new academic scholarships to support individuals from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry: The Jockey Club Advancement of Women in Racing Scholarship, The Jockey Club Vision Scholarship, and The Jockey Club Benevolence Scholarship. These awards are in addition to The Jockey Club Scholarship and The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship.
-The Advancement of Women in Racing Scholarship ($20,000; $10,000 per semester) is open to women pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry who are enrolled full time as an undergraduate or graduate student at a college or university.
-The Vision Scholarship ($20,000; $10,000 per semester) is open to students from a minority racial or ethnic group who are pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry. Applicants must be enrolled full time as an undergraduate or graduate student at a college or university.
-The Benevolence Scholarship ($15,000; $7,500 per semester) is a need-based award to enable a student to attend a full-time program at a college, university, or trade program. Preference will be given to backstretch and horse farm employees and their family members.
“The Jockey Club is committed to supporting individuals who are passionate about the Thoroughbred industry and making it their livelihood, and we are pleased to be able to expand our scholarship offerings to assist those who will make significant contributions to Thoroughbred breeding and racing in the future,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club.
The Jockey Club Scholarship was first awarded in 2017 and 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 racing industry.
The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship was created in 2007 and provides $6,000 ($3,000 per semester) to a student in the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). Goodman was a resident of Tucson, a longtime member of The Jockey Club, and one of three founders of the RTIP.
Applications for all five scholarships are open now through February 1, 2021. More information and links to applications for the scholarships can be found here. The recipients of each scholarship will be announced in the spring of 2021 in advance of the initial distribution of funds for the fall 2021 semester.