Besides sending in my yearly membership check, I have admittedly not had much to do with the organization. However, back in November, I received two different emails from MDA about their scholarship program, as they were extending the due date by two weeks.
Basically, MDA awards three to four $500 scholarships a year, to be used exclusively on dressage training on a Morgan. As the website states,
Scholarships must be used to further the training and education of the applicant and their Morgan(s). Eligible expenses include instruction, clinics (mounted or as an auditor) and the expenses to attend those clinics, educational materials such as training books and videos, and other educational opportunities such as symposiums. The purchases of tack or computer software and competition expenses are NOT eligible.I ignored the first email, but the second email made me pause. Generally, extending a due date for applications indicates that perhaps there were not enough entries, as sometimes occurs with horse shows.
So I pulled up the application just to see what was required. It is a hefty application, with a cover letter, five in depth questions, and a requirement for two to five photos and two videos. But it was totally doable, so I dug in and started writing.
I submitted my application back on November 8. And then waited, as awards would be announced by December 31. On the 30th, I received an email saying the announcement would be delayed. No big deal, but of course, I am NOT good at waiting haha.
But just a few days later, I received an email that said I was awarded a $500 scholarship! YAY! Maybe we were selected because not many people applied haha, but nevertheless, I am excited to have extra lesson money and specifically clinic money at my disposal this year. I must provide a detailed listing of how I spent the money by the end of December, and I cannot apply for/win a scholarship two years in a row (so I would have to wait until 2021 if I want to try again).
|whoops spelled my name wrong haha|
and I'm not sure why it says 2020...