Applications for the Maryland Racing Media Association’s 2012 scholarship program are being accepted through Sept. 14.
With the support of industry donors and organizations, MRMA has distributed approximately $30,000 annually to scholarship recipients over the past decade. Those interested in applying must either be backstretch employees, work on a Thoroughbred farm or with an equine vet clinic in Maryland.
Submissions need to include an employer’s letter of recommendation and a second reference from an individual who is a licensed or recognized member of the Maryland racing industry. Scholarship application forms may be found at www.mdhorsemen.com.
The scholarships will be distributed on the evening of Oct. 13 at MRMA’s annual crab feast and awards dinner, to be held in the Carriage Room at Laurel Park.
MRMA will also present its awards that evening, with longtime Maryland owner and breeder Howard Bender to receive the organization’s highest honor, the Humphrey S. Finney Award, for lifetime contributions to the Maryland horse racing industry.
Trainer Hamilton Smith and Skeedattle Associates will be presented the Nancy Alberts Achievement Award, given in recognition of achievement for the past year. And receiving the Newsmaker Award will be Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale, for her work with the creation of the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show.
Tickets for the crab feast are $60 apiece, or $550 for a table of 10. A silent auction of racing memorabilia to help fund the scholarship program will also be conducted.
For applications: http://mdhorsemen.com/flyers/2012ScholarshipApplication.pdf