USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education


The Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education is designed to encourage further education among equestrians. Through a generous donation from the Kristen and James Hamel Family Foundation, the USHJA awards one or more USHJA members funds to be used for college, graduate, trade or professional school, totaling $25,000 each year.

Eligible candidates may apply for the Hamel Family Scholarship every year but may only be awarded the scholarship once. The USHJA Foundation will award the scholarship mid-summer each year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Two-year consecutive USHJA Membership (at least at the Education/Non-Competing membership level)

  • US Citizen or Legal Resident Accepted to a College, University, Trade or Professional School in the United States for the Current School Year

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 (or better) on a 4.0 scale; for those not recently in school, equivalent employment history will be considered
  • Demonstrate financial need

Applications for 2024 have closed.

Deadline and Award Notification

The deadline is stated on the application page. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the stated deadline will not be considered for the grant. Applicants will be informed of the award decision related to their application before the end of July. Previous recipients of this grant may not apply; this grant may only be received by an individual once.