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    NODA Education Scholarships & Grants

Amateurs  &  Professionals

Welcome              UPDATED  05/03/2018           Education

2017 NODA Amateur Scholarship Winners
Katie Arbogast, Sally Burton, Regina Sacha-Ujczo
John Sandy, and Maria Sandy                   

Amateur Scholarships for Juniors, Young Riders, Adults
Deadline to Apply:   October 1

Jr/YR Scholarship Application                AA Scholarship Application            Volunteer Record 
 Scholarship Evaluation Rubric          
Check Request Form

The education of our Amateur members (Junior, Young Rider and Adult) is very important to NODA as riders, horse owners, and possible future trainers.    Each year NODA offers four (4) scholarships in the amount of $250 each.  Two (2) are designated for Junior/Young Riders, and two (2) are designated for Adult Amateurs.   An amateur member may be awarded a scholarship once every three years.   If you apply and are not awarded a scholarship, please re-apply the following year. 

Scholarship Use   Scholarships may be used for any educational dressage event.   This includes all dressage clinics, seminars, symposiums, lessons, and other dressage education events.  Scholarship funds may not be applied to show fees, board bills, or leasing costs.  At the time of application, applicants are not required to have detailed and specific plans for the money. 

Application Deadline  October 1 of the Year PRIOR to the Scholarship Award.  For example, if you wish to receive money for an event taking place in the year 2018, you must submit your Application Packet to NODA by October 1, 2017. 

Application Review
  A scholarship committee will review and evaluate all applications received by the October 1 deadline according to the
NODA Jr/YR & Adult Amateur Scholarship Rubric.

Application Receipt & Award Notification   
NODA will acknowledge receipt of applications.  Scholarship Recipients announced at the annual November Year-End Awards Banquet.  All applicants will be notified by November 30 of the current year whether or not they will be awarded NODA scholarship. 

Scholarship Funds
Request  When a scholarship recipient determines an education event for which to use his/her scholarship funds, he/she is required to submit a Check Request Form in order to receive scholarship money.  Funds will be reimbursed in the form of a check made payable directly to the clinician or host of the event.  Scholarship recipients may use their scholarships toward more than one educational dressage event.

                                              Applicant Qualifications for NODA Amateur Scholarships

1.  Volunteer Hours  Applicant must have completed a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer work during the year they
     submit their Scholarship Application. 

   Six (6) of the total volunteer hours must be with NODA
o   Remaining hours may be with NODA or any other organization (horse-related or otherwise).
o   All hours must be documented and signed by an organization official

   Give Back Project   Applicant must be willing to complete a project to NODA if awarded a scholarship 
      (Examples:   Presentation to NODA Board/Community about your education event experience or write an article for the
       NODA Newsletter.) 

   Scholarship Application Packet   Applicant must complete and submit the following:
    Jr/YR NODA Scholarship Application     - or -   AA NODA Scholarship Application
                                    (Application Questions 1, 2, and 3 must be typed)
      b.   Volunteer Record Form

.   Letter(s) of Recommendation    Each applicant must submit at least one (1) Letter of Recommendation.
            You may submit up to four (4) letters.  The letter(s) must be from a credible source who is familiar with
            you as an equestrian or has worked closely with  you on volunteer projects or in the classroom (i.e. your
            trainer, teacher, volunteer supervisor, boss).


Mail Application To: 
Ashley Rand Torres
1665 Enterprize Pkwy
Twinsburg, OH  44087

Questions?   Contact

Mail Application To:
 Marcia Doyle
1051 Page Road
Aurora OH  44202

Questions?  Contact

Professional Grants

The NODA Professional Grant fund is designed to help further the professional horseperson’s
education at seminars, USEF or USDF events, programs, or functions (excludes riding clinics).

How to Apply    Write a letter and mail it to the NODA Board c/o Mary Dana Prescott.   Please outline why you should receive a NODA Professional Grant, explaining what the education function is, and where it is to be held.   State how you will share what you have learned with NODA and its members (lecture, clinic, or article).  Be sure to provide the full cost of education function.
Grant $$$ Available   50% Cost of Event Reimbursable  (Up to $200)

NODA Membership Requirement    Applicant must be a “professional” horse person as defined in the USEF rule book, AND he/she must be a member in good standing with NODA.

Mail Application Letter by US Mail to:
   Mary Dana Prescott-Cloverfield, 38905 Gardenside Drive, Willoughby OH 44094

Call Mary Dana Prescott at 440-942-1008 or e-mail Dee at

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