Scholarships, which can range from $2,500 to $5,000, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a fulltime participant in New Jersey harness racing, or are themselves a fulltime participant in New Jersey harness racing. Only one candidate per household will be considered, and there is a lifetime cap of $10,000 per individual.
The applicant must have taken either the SAT or ACT test, be accepted to or attend a college or university and fill out the SBOANJ’s scholarship award application. Financial need, student involvement in community work, extracurricular academic activities, evidence of strong character and leadership and interest in the equine industry will all be considered.
All scholarship winners and their families will be invited to a night at the races at the Meadowlands, where they will be recognized for their accomplishment in the winner’s circle and have a complimentary dinner on a date determined after the selection is completed.
Applications and requirements are available on the SBOANJ website -- www.sboanj.com -- or at Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands (see horsemen’s representative Linda Goss), the Backstretch Community Assistance Program offices at the Meadowlands and Showplace Farms (see Dr. Chris Samaha) and the SBOANJ office at 64 Business Route 33, Manalapan, N.J.