Edited Press Release
Monday, June 20, 2022 (Columbus, OH) – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) awarded $108,050 in cash scholarships and collegiate scholarships during their 20th Anniversary Season in 2021-2022. This total marks the largest single-year distribution of scholarship funds in the history of the organization, which also coincided with IEA’s largest membership season to date – over 14,250 members across the United States.
In addition to scholarship awards, IEA also provides more than $50,000 in financial aid assistance through the IEA Benevolent Fund and private grants.
IEA Scholarship Awards are divided into four main categories:
Zone Scholarships – Awarded at the Zone level based on an application process. Each Zone conducts their own scholarship awards process and distribution based on their fundraising goals for each season. These scholarships are cash awards given to senior riders.
Zone Horsemanship Knowledge Test & Zone Sportsmanship Awards – IEA Zones may elect to give additional cash awards to any top-placing rider member for Horsemanship Knowledge Tests or those riders showing outstanding Sportsmanship qualities throughout the season. These scholarship awards are cash awards given to any eligible rider based on the criteria set by the Zone.
Collegiate Partner Scholarships – Awarded to either Juniors or Seniors at National Finals based on their placings in individual classes. During the 2022 IEA National Finals, three colleges (St. Andrews University, University of Findlay, and Otterbein University) participated in the distribution of these merit-based tuition scholarships. These awards are applicable for every year the rider attends that college or university.
IEA Founders Scholarships– Established in 2007, IEA Co-founders Roxane Durant and Wayne Ackerer recommended the IEA recognize our senior members in a significant manner. With board approval an annual $15,500 scholarship fund was established which has now grown to $25,000. These cash scholarships have been awarded each year at the National Finals to the top two placing seniors in each individual class for all three IEA disciplines.
IEA is proud to announce the complete list of winners of the 2021-2022 scholarship awards: