The board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce some exciting new developments to further expand opportunities for young people in the thoroughbred industry. Due to ongoing Covid travel restrictions, the 2021 Springhouse Farm recipients, Rachael Doran and Ciara Russell, were unfortunately unable to travel from Ireland to Kentucky. However, they will proceed with their placements at Springhouse next year, when hopefully world travel restrictions will have eased.
The board decided to grant an extra scholarship this year for a fourth-year student in the University of Kentucky Equine program. This one time only grant is for a semester's tuition for a student selected by the Foundation in the Equine Science program. The recipient of this grant will be California native Shelby DeVita, a senior majoring in Equine Science and Management at the University of Kentucky. Shelby has worked for Calumet Farm and is currently working as a tech at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. She is Vice President of the UK rodeo team and participates in roping and barrel racing competitions.
In addition, the board will grant another one time only scholarship for the Irish National Stud. Full tuition will be paid for an Irish citizen to attend the world renowned Irish National Stud program in 2022. Gerry Dilger graduated from this program in 1977 and it continues to provide a great educational opportunity for young people. The board will announce the recipient of this scholarship over the coming weeks.
Erin Dilger commented "We are delighted to offer additional scholarships in memory of Gerry who supported and promoted so many equine industry participants over the years. Thank you to all our donors who make this possible".
The foundation also awards an annual Irish National Stud scholarship in partnership with KEMI.