For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release

July 5, 2022



Brittany Bell

(859) 259-0007

The KEEP Foundation and the Race For Education Announce 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Lexington, Ky. (Tuesday, July 5, 2022) - The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Foundation, and The Race For Education (RFE) are proud to announce their 2022 scholarship recipients. 

The KEEP Foundation’s board of directors approved over $30,000 in scholarships to 13 students attending nine universities across the Commonwealth. All of the 2022 scholarship recipients are students currently enrolled at a university or college in Kentucky in either an equine and/or agriculture related major or their parents work in the equine industry.

In addition to these 13 Kentucky students, the Race For Education awarded its annual Robert J. Frankel Scholarship to two New York state students: Anitza Parilla and Francis Marrone. Now in its 12th year, the Robert J. Frankel Scholarship, in honor of the late Robert (Bobby) J. Frankel, is awarded to students whose family is employed in the Thoroughbred industry, pursuing any field of study at a college or university in California or New York state. Both Frankel Scholarship recipients, whose parents work at various racetracks in New York, will be attending universities in New York.

"We had an excellent group of scholarship applicants this year,” said Alexandra Harper, KEEP Foundation’s Executive Director. I am excited for these students to embark on their collegiate careers and also for the future of the equine industry. These students are eager and ready to make a difference, and I’m glad that we can help take some of the financial burden off by awarding scholarships." 

2022 Race For Education KEEP Foundation Scholarship

Connor Bermejo - Kentucky Horseshoeing School

Brant Brower - Midway University

Meghan Clancy - University of Kentucky

Audrey Dollase - University of Kentucky

Emma English - Transylvania University

Alysa Farrell - University of Kentucky 

Terada Hiroto - Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Margaret Hollingsworth - Asbury University

Lauren Mullikin - University of Kentucky

Kaitlyn Praisler - Morehead State University

Eric Resendiz - Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Julia Sammet - Midway University

Samantha Versocki - University of Louisville

About the KEEP Foundation

The mission of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), established in 2014, is to support the economic success of Kentucky’s signature industry by ensuring its continued economic viability, making the industry accessible for all who want to participate, introducing more young people to the industry and its opportunities, and educating the people of the Commonwealth about the importance of horses to the state, its economy, its heritage, and its people.

To learn more about the KEEP Foundation or support our work, visit

About the Race For Education

Through academic development programs, tutoring, internships, financial literacy training and scholarships; The Race For Education provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial need and academic challenges.

The ultimate goal of The Race For Education is to ensure our young people become successful in life and assets to their community.

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