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amateur Scholarships


Guidelines & Information:

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 2024, you must submit your Application Packet to NODA by October 1, 2023  

Application Review
  A scholarship committee will review and evaluate all applications received by the October 1st deadline according to the 
Scholarship Evaluation 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 30th of the current year whether or not they will be awarded NODA scholarship.    

Scholarship Funds
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 even experience or write an article for the NODA Newsletter.)  

   Scholarship Application Packet   Applicant must complete and submit the following:
    Junior/Young Rider Scholarship Application     - or -   Adult Amateur Scholarship Application 
(Application Responses to Questions 1, 2, and 3 must be typed) 
    b.   Volunteer Record
.   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).

ADULT AMATEURS Mail Application To: 

   Sally Burton

   8652 Beacon Hill
   Chagrin Falls, OH  44023-5849

   Questions?  Contact Sally at

JUNIORS & YOUNG RIDERS  Mail Application To:  

   Jennifer Cooper

   6395 Paine Rd.

   Painsville, OH 44077

   Questions?   Contact


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

** There is no annual deadline for these grants and they can be submitted at any time during the year **

Link to Professional Grant Application Form 

Email your completed application to NODA's professional liaison Emily Gill at

Grant $$$ Available   50% Cost of Event Reimbursable  (Up to $400)

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. 

Note: A NODA Amateur who is a USEF "professional" (i.e., licensed TD or Judge ) may apply for  this grant but only as applies to their official capacity

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