Youth Scholarship

Youth Scholarship!

Building a strong youth community is part of the mission of Gem State Stock Horse Association. That’s why we’ll be continuing our tradition of awarding one of our youth participants with a scholarship. Eligibility rules are listed below.

The application consists of a written component along with a volunteer requirement.


– You must be 18 or under, but there is no minimum age.

– You have been involved with GSSHA during 2023

– It is not required that you show with GSSHA to qualify

– Applicants and award winners from previous years are welcome to apply again.

You must volunteer at a minimum of one show and attend at least one board meeting. If you haven’t attended a board meeting yet, our next one will be held at 7 PM on December 5th at Shi Sushi in Caldwell. You can also attend our General Meeting before the banquet on January 27th.


The scholarship amount will be $500-$1000*.

We’ll announce the winner and the scholarship amount at the banquet in January 2024.

* Final amount will be determined by the GSSHA Board of Directors

Written Component

Short Answers:
– Describe your involvement with Gem State in 2023
– Describe your activities and extracurriculars in school
– Describe your college or other future plans
– Describe your plans for the award money, if awarded
– What was your biggest takeaway from the board meeting you attended, or what do you expect to learn from the board meeting if you haven’t attended one yet

Essay Question:
– Describe what you think would be the best way to help grow the sport of Reined Cowhorse. Things to consider: sponsors, bringing new people into the sport, increasing the size of the audience, and any other creative ways you can think of to help our sport grow!

Optional Bonus Question:

Describe your horse as though he or she was a person. What kind of clothes would they wear? What kind of music would they like? Would you be friends if you went to school together?

Deadlines/How to Apply

Applications are due January 20th. We’ll announce the winner at the banquet on January 27th.

If you haven’t attended a board meeting yet, there’s two more opportunities ahead of the banquet. Please let us know which you’re planning to attend!