Thursday, October 4, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . October 4, 2007 . . . Ten area college students got lucky at Turfway Park Saturday, September 29, winning $1,000 scholarships at the track’s third annual College Scholarship Day. The $10,000 in scholarship funds was provided by Turfway and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA).
One scholarship was given away by random drawing after each of the day's first 10 races. The first nine scholarships were open to students who have no affiliation with the Thoroughbred industry. The 10th scholarship was reserved for students who are themselves affiliated with the industry or whose parents are so affiliated. Nearly 400 students registered, a record for the event. This year’s winners are:
Name | College | Hometown | Major
Ashley Ammer | Gateway Community College | Dry Ridge, Ky. | Registered Medial Assistant
Elsie Coyle | Northern Kentucky University | Verona, Ky. | Physical Therapy
Debbie Sumpter | Northern Kentucky University | Florence, Ky. | Organizational Leadership
Amy Haffelt | Miami (Ohio) University | Gallipolis, Oh. | Middle Childhood Education
Kyle Benzinger | Xavier University | Ft. Wright, Ky. | International Studies
Lindsay Asher | Indiana University at Ft. Wayne | Ft. Wayne, In. | Sociology/Political Science
Katy Truman | Georgetown College | Columbus, In. | Psychology
Brad Shader | Northern Kentucky University | Louisville, Ky. | Graphic Design
Danielle Remley | Northern Kentucky University | Independence, Ky. | undeclared
Arielle Witkowski | University of Louisville | Louisville, Ky. | Industrial Engineering
The 2007 industry winner was Ms. Witkowski, an exercise rider employed by the D. Wayne Lukas Racing Stable at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
New this year, the Sports Marketing class at Northern Kentucky University took on College Scholarship Day as a class project under the guidance of Professor Tom Gamble. Through their efforts, the event was advertised at area colleges and supported by Pepsi Americas, Donatos Pizza, Nicky's Pizza, Skyline, Subway, Best Buy, GameWorks, and Snappy Tent.
Additionally, registrants were entered to win one of six iPod Shuffles, compliments of Wal-Mart, and each student who registered received a t-shirt provided by All Pro Championships.
The scholarship program was established by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association in 2000. The KTA and participating racetracks have given away $210,000 since the scholarship program began.
The KTA was formed in 1983 by a group of Kentucky horsemen to address problems within the Thoroughbred industry, represent the industry nationally, and maintain high standards of racing, breeding, and training.
College Scholarship Day is held annually at Turfway on the same day as the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, the track's most important day of racing each fall.