AHP Newsgroup: Aleta "Susie" Walther, Winner of the 2011 ROAP Scholarship
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 19, 2011—Lexington, KY
With over 20 years of racing experience, Aleta “Susie” Walther was announced as the 2011 winner of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) scholarship. A recent graduate from the Orange County (California) Park Ranger Academy in 2010, as well as her extensive equine background ranging from turf writer, track steward to various public relations credentials made Walther an excellent recipient of this year’s ROAP scholarship.
This scholarship is designed to reward students who have graduated from the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, University of Louisville Equine Industry Program, another equine-related program, or want to pursue a career as a racing official. The scholarship is offered through The Race for Education, in partnership with the Jockey Club.
A new entry to The Race For Education’s Scholarship program is the XpressBet – RTIP Scholarship, sponsored by Xpressbet. This award is for $20,000 scholarship for a student to attend the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona.
Over the next four years a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded each year to an individual that best exemplifies and maintains the criteria set forth by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will be made up of key executives from XpressBet and The Race For Education. “On behalf of our board, I would like to thank XpressBet for providing us with this generous scholarship to present to a deserving young person who is committed to the future of our industry. It is companies like XpressBet that give back to the industry to whom we need to give continued support,” states David Ingordo, chairman of The Race For Education. Ron Luniewski, President of XpressBet continued, “It is our strong belief that in order for racing to truly thrive in the coming decades we must continually invest in attracting highly motivated, young talent into all facets of our industry.”
The Race Track Industry Program offers two career tracks that have developed many important leaders and young executives in racing. The program’s business path prepares students for employment in the areas of track management, regulation and pari-mutuel enterprises. The equine management path prepares students for employment in the fields associated with the training and breeding of horses.
To see additional scholarship opportunities offered by the Race for Education, go to http://www.raceforeducation.org/scholarships/
The Race For Education (RFE) is a national 501(c)(3) scholarship organization, that enables young people of equine industry families as well as those who want to pursue an equine-related or agricultural career, both with significant financial need, to obtain a college degree by providing tuition support; financial literacy training to help students minimize their debt load; mentoring services to provide students with emotional support; and permanent jobs upon graduation.