Scholarships

MIHA is pleased to offer 7 scholarship opportunities annually totaling $11,500! Every year, MIHA awards four scholarships, $2500 each. In addition, the Michigan Horse Council through MIHA awards two $500 scholarships, and Lighthouse Sportswear, the official merchandise vendor to the MIHA, sponsors a $500 scholarship. MIHA registered riders who compete 3 of the 4 high school years with their senior year being one of the required years are qualified to apply for the scholarships.  Please see below for detailed requirements. Being an Interscholastic organization, MIHA wants to help support our members in their future education endeavors!  MIHA thanks the Michigan Horse Council and Lighthouse Sportswear for partnering with MIHA to help achieve this goal.

Scholarship winners are officially announced at the Winter Meeting in February.

scholarships

Scholarships

MIHA is pleased to offer 8 scholarship opportunities annually totaling $11,500! New this year, MIHA will award four $1500, and four $1000 scholarships!  In addition, the Michigan Horse Council through MIHA awards two $500 scholarships, and Lighthouse Sportswear, the official merchandise vendor to the MIHA, sponsors a $500 scholarship. MIHA registered riders/grooms who compete 3 of the 4 high school years with their senior year being one of the required years are qualified to apply for the scholarship. Please see below for detailed requirements. Being an Interscholastic organization, MIHA wants to help support our members in their future education endeavors! MIHA thanks the Michigan Horse Council and Lighthouse Sportswear for partnering with MIHA to help achieve this goal.

Scholarship winners are officially announced at the Winter Meeting in February.

Requirements:

Application packets (scholarship application form, letter of character reference, and 2 essays) not 100% complete when submitted will not be considered. Deadline by midnight November 1, 2024 to scholarships@miha.org

Registered riders/grooms who compete 3 of the 4 high school years with their senior year (Your senior year in MIHA must be the fall High School season directly preceding the Scholarship application due date above.) being one of the required years.

  • Letter of character reference from a Coach, District Chairperson, Counselor or Teacher. It is preferred that the letter not be from a parent. (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF)
  • Two Essays, each 500 words or less: (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF will be accepted, GOOGLE DOCS AND SHEETS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED)
  1. What unique MIHA experience allowed you as a team member to overcome an obstacle? As you compose your essay, remember, there is no “l” in “Team”!
  2. How will your experience in MIHA impact or inspire your future? (Examples: School, career, volunteerism)
  • The scholarship application form, letter of recommendation, and both essays to be sent in ONE email to scholarships@miha.org with the subject “MIHA Scholarship 2023/2024”
  • All submissions will receive a confirmation email within 7 days. If you do not receive one, please send your email address you submitted with, the date and time you submitted your file, and we will confirm receipt, DO NOT SEND IT TO mihaexecutiveboard@gmail.com Your application will not be accepted there.

The MIHA Treasurer will advise how funds are distributed once an announcement is made. All recipients are required to attend the Horse Expo held at MSU in the spring.

  • 2024 Scholarship Rubric
  • 2024 Scholarship Application

Scholarship Recipients:

-2020/2021 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council

Amara Jackson 
District 11 - Corunna

Alexandria Smith 
District 3 - 
St. Joseph High School

Lighthouse Sportswear

Alexa Newman
District 11 - 
Pinckney Equestrian Team

MIHA

Scotland Philip
District 3 – Buchanan High    

Lydia Howe
District 9 – Mason County Eastern   

Kyra Hanna
District 16 – West Catholic   

Kindall Covey
District 10 – Sand Creek   

Annabelle Ledlow
District 15 - Schoolcraft (Honorable Mention)

-2019/2020 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council

Paige Beland
Heidi Inscho

Lighthouse Sportswear

Benjamin Kortz

MIHA

Ellie Purchase
Weston Schreur
Cassidy Bartkowiak
Jacquelyn Murray

-2018/2019 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council

Hannah Huntsberry
Lydia Kapeller

Lighthouse Sportswear

Malary Thorsby

MIHA

Carolyn Brown
Sarah Harvey
Sydney Pallas
Leah Russell

-2017/2018 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council

Olivia Hohman
Kaitlin Sanger

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association

Alexander Clark
Annette Donner
Hannah Flickinger

-2016/2017 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council
Brooke Pfeiffer
Hannah Waroway

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association
Annika Bendele
Jayci Cain
Rya Greene

-2015/2016 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council
Mikayla Mallery
Riann Graff

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association
Rebekah Barthel
Megan Bloem
Rachel Wilson

-2014/2015 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council
Sarah Bular
Michelle Haveman

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association
Brandt Gaffke
Lilia Fingas
Madison Mayes

-2013/2014 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council
Jessica Graves
Karen Haught

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association

Amanda Wixson
Sabrina Vankirk
Taylor Krugh

-2012/2013 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council
Kira Brown
Amanda Longhi

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association

Alyssa Ninkovich

-2011/2012 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council
Abby Westhouse
Kodi Rubino

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association

Kaitlyn Searing

-2010/2011 –

Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council
Olivia Saliga

Jill Klein

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association

Morgan Magnus

-2009/2010 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council
Danielle Dreim

Samantha Armstrong

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association

Chelsea Leer

-2008/2009 –
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council

Katelyn Peacock

Elizabeth Wanamaker

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association

Amanda Ziotek

-2007/2008-
Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council

Emily Beerger
Lannis Smith

Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship
Association

Ellie Waterman