Florida Thoroughbred Charities, Inc. is the charitable arm of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association and awards students scholarships that can be applied to any accredited university, college, or technical institution for two to four-year programs. Typically, the scholarships cover the current Fall semester and the following Spring semester. To apply for a scholarship for the upcoming school year, students must submit an application, available at FTBOA.com, by June 15. 

Scholarships are based on the following criteria:

AFFILIATION – Applicant must be a child, employee, or a child of an employee of a current FTBOA Regular Member in good standing.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT – High school GPA must be 3.0 and above, or college GPA must be 2.8 and above during scholarship period. An official transcript must accompany the application (unofficial transcripts are accepted and official transcripts can be sent by the deadline). Full-or part-time students may apply. Dual enrolled students (high school/college) are not eligible for this scholarship.

FINANCIAL NEED – A copy of Student Aid Report (SAR) from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must accompany application. For more information regarding FAFSA, visit: studentaid.gov.

Florida Thoroughbred Charities awarded four scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year to students pursuing a wide variety of fields. 

Since 1990, FTC has strengthened the community by raising more than $4 million for charitable organizations within the Thoroughbred industry, the City of Ocala, Marion County, and the State of Florida. Scholarships are made possible through FTC fundraisers, the Quail Roost Foundation, endowments at the College of Central Florida, and through donations.

The application can be mailed or dropped off by the deadline at the Florida Breeders’ & Owners’ Association offices at 801 S.W. 60th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34474. For questions, please contact Elaine Ansbacher, scholarship coordinator, at 352-629-2160. 

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