The Jockey Club has announced academic scholarship recipients for the 2021-22 academic year. In addition to the annual The Jockey Club Scholarship and The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship, three new scholarships have been created to support students from diverse backgrounds who profess an interest in pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry.
“Our expanded scholarship offerings are part of The Jockey Club's strategy to address diversity in the Thoroughbred industry and we were heartened by the response to this initiative, with more than 150 applications submitted,” said The Jockey Club president and COO James L. Gagliano. “We are proud to support these five outstanding individuals and are confident that they will make a positive impact in their areas of interest.”
The Jockey Club Scholarship ($15,000) has been awarded to Julie Corral, who is a veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania and has aspirations of becoming a racetrack veterinarian.
The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship ($6,000), which is specifically earmarked to students enrolled in the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP), goes to Eric DeCoster for the second consecutive year. DeCoster is interested in pursuing a career in bloodstock.
Elizabeth Galletta is the recipient of the new The Jockey Club Advancement of Women in Racing Scholarship ($20,000). She is a student at Midway University and farm manager of Daisy Acres, a breeding farm in Paris, Ky., and would like to pursue a career in the reproductive sector.
The inaugural The Jockey Club Vision Scholarship ($20,000) has been awarded to Jeffrey Mitchell, Jr. The scholarship is earmarked for students from a minority racial or ethnic group. Mitchell, who is working toward his master's degree in veterinary science at the University of Kentucky and is a research assistant in the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center's Reproductive Health Laboratory, would like to become a veterinarian.
The new The Jockey Club Benevolence Scholarship ($15,000), which gives preference to children of backstretch and farm workers, goes to Pace University's Vanessa Sanchez, who is interested in equine marketing.
Applications for the 2022-23 academic year will open this fall.