The Jockey Club announced will award $21,000 in college scholarships for the academic year that begins in the fall of 2018.

The Jockey Club Scholarship, which is being offered for the second year, will provide $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 following criteria will be considered for The Jockey Club Scholarship: career aspirations, activities involving the equine or Thoroughbred industry, and high academic achievement.

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Julianna Witt was the recipient of the first The Jockey Club Scholarship for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Witt, a Freehold, N.J., native, is double majoring in equine science/management and animal science at the University of Kentucky and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science and a minor in agricultural economics in 2019. She has worked on numerous farms prepping horses for the sales, working the sales, and as a mare and foal groom. She also volunteers with Old Friends. Witt is committed to working in the Thoroughbred industry and is considering the Godolphin Flying Start program, the Irish National Stud, or pursuing a master’s in equine reproduction.

That scholarship complements The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship, which was created in 2007 and is awarded annually to a student or students at the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). The annual $6,000 ($3,000 per semester) Jack Goodman Scholarship is based on academic achievement, a proposed career path in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and previous industry involvement.

The deadline for both applications is March 31, 2018.

“The Jockey Club strives to facilitate the involvement of young individuals in horse racing,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “These scholarships will reward students who are passionate about the sport and interested in working in the industry upon graduation.”

Goodman, a resident of Tucson, is a longtime member of The Jockey Club and is one of three founders of the RTIP. To date, there have been 11 recipients of The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship, and nine of them are working in the racing industry.

Applications and other pertinent information about both scholarships are available at jockeyclub.com under Advocacy/Promotion, Education. The recipients of each scholarship will be announced this summer.

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.

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