The IEF awards multiple general scholarships each year to deserving undergraduate students. Winners are announced in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championship Horse Show. Included among the general IEF Scholarships are four named awards:
The Jack Fritz Memorial Award is a national scholarship named in honor of the legendary horseman and scholar Jack Fritz who co-founded the IHSA while a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University with then-student, Robert Cacchione.
The Joan Johnson Memorial Award is a national scholarship in honor of Joan Johnson, affectionately known as “JJ”. JJ was one of the founding members of the IHSA, dedicating much of her life towards the success of the organization. She was a coach at Stony Brook University, Associate National Steward (1967-2000), Zone 3 chairperson and chair of the Scholarship Foundation since its inception. Through her uncommon devotion and leadership, JJ truly was a crucial element in the development of the IHSA.
The Emily Jane Hilscher Memorial Award was created in memory of Hilscher, a 19-year-old freshman studying veterinary science, who was among the victims of the rampage at Virginia Tech in 2007. From Woodville, Virginia she was a horsewoman, animal lover, enthusiastic cook and imaginative artisan. She was a member of the IHSA, competing with the Virginia Tech Equestrian Team.
The Margaret "Maggie" Blackmon Memorial Award was created in memory of Blackmon, a 20-year-old junior studying anthropology at St. Lawrence University. A three-year member of the St. Lawrence riding team, Blackmon passed away suddenly in 2020. Her love of horses and riding led her to develop tremendous skills and knowledge transferable to all aspects of her life. This scholarship recognizes a collegiate rider who demonstrates a similar passion and commitment to the sport.
Applications may be downloaded through the below link. They are also available through www.ihsainc.com or by emailing the IEF directly at IEF.firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants need not be a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association.
Completed application, official transcripts and recommendation letters must be submitted directly to the IEF. Deadline for submission of completed package to IEF is February 20, 2024. IEF must RECEIVE applications and all related materials by February 20, 2024 for consideration. Applications with a postmark later than February 19th will not be considered.
Please submit all completed applications to:
Kelly Francfort - IEF
34 Pulaski Road
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
Email Contact: IEF.email@example.com