USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education



The Hamel 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 Foundation awards up to $25,000 to be used for college, graduate, trade, or professional school to one USHJA member each year.

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Three consecutive years of USHJA membership, including the current year
  • US Citizen or Legal Resident Accepted to a College, University, Trade, or Professional School in the United States for the Current School Year
  • Ranked in Top 20% of class and/or have a GPA of 3.5 (or better) on a 4.0 scale; For those not recently in school, equivalent employment history will be considered
  • Demonstrate Financial Need


Applications for the 2019-2020 Hamel Scholarship are closed. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open on January 2, 2020.


Deadline & 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.