The NSBA Foundation awards one scholarship annually in the amount of $2000. The recipient will receive $1,000 the first year, and the next installment will be awarded the second year. The program is open to any current NSBA youth member who will be attending an accredited college or university on a full-time basis, for a minimum of 12 credit hours. The Youth Scholarship program is one of the five programs administered by the Foundation. The Foundation's scholarship fund relies strictly on donations, and accepts donations of any size as well as special memorial scholarship contributions to present the award each year.
Lola Knight, of Kernersville, North Carolina, has been named the 2021 NSBA Foundation’s youth scholarship recipient. This ambitious sixteen-year-old has not only graduated from the Early College of Forsyth, but also earned an associate of arts degree from Forsyth Technical Community College. With her advanced placement classes, Lola will enter a four-year college as a junior. She is currently finalizing her plans to study equine business management or business administration this fall.
“When I found out I could make a career by training and boarding horses, my decision was made. There was no question in my mind that this was what I wanted to spend my life doing,” she said. Lola has already worked for Steve and Jennifer Reams as well as Jeremy May, learning the life of a professional horse trainer. She also serves as North Carolina Quarter Horse Youth Association’s 2021 press secretary.
Lola has long been involved in the horse industry, in disciplines from Cutting and Reining to Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure events. She started and trained KM Smooth N Fancy, whom she took to an AQHA All Around title. She has also started a number of young and green horses and recently purchased Batterfly Kisses to pursue All Around events. NSBA and the NSBA Foundation congratulate Lola!
A multiple APHA world champion from Dallas, Texas, Antonia plans to use her $2,000 scholarship to pursue a career as a trauma surgeon at the University of Texas Austin.
"This scholarship means a lot to me," Antonia says. "Seeing the support of all the people within the association for all the youth is such a great feeling. I've learned so much from working with horses that will help me as I pursue my goals in college, and I having this scholarship will help my parents and me out so much."
Of Belton, Texas, Delanie plans to use her $2,000 scholarship to pursue a career in neurosurgery at Texas Christian University.
Delanie is a Novice exhibitor who was a three-time champion at the AQHA Central Level 1 Championship Show and has placed in the top ten at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. "I'm very excited to receive the NSBA scholarship, and to represent NSBA as [the 2019] winner," Delanie said.
Erika, of Casco, Wisconsin, plans to attend dental school with a focus in orthodontics at the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse with her $2,000 scholarship,
Erika has been competing in 4-H, Buckskin, AQHA and NSBA events since she was a little girl. "Horses have helped shape me to be the personal I am today," Erika says. "It's really great to be rewarded financially by an association that I've been showing and participating in for many years."