General Scholarships


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 three 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.

Application Deadline is February 23


Applications may be downloaded through the below link. They are also available through or by emailing the IEF directly at 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 23, 2019.    IEF must RECEIVE applications and all related materials by February 23, 2019 for consideration.  Applications with a postmark later than February 21st will not be considered.

Submit all materials to:

Lisa A. Bailey

Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation

13 Angelfish Cay Drive

Key Largo, FL 33037

Telephone Contact:  203-337-6477 

Email Contact:

IEF Application (pdf)