FLORENCE, KY . . . October 8, 2009 . . . The winners of $10,000 in scholarships given away September 26 by Turfway Park and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association have been confirmed. Ten area college students were awarded $1,000 each at the Northern Kentucky racetrack's 5th annual College Scholarship Day. The winning students are:
- Louis Senn of Louisville, Ky., majoring in Computer Information Systems at Thomas More College
- Camille Hornsby of Harrison, Oh., majoring in Nursing at Thomas More College
- Christen Camilla Collins of Dent, Oh., majoring in Fine Arts and Printmaking at the Art Academy of Cincinnati
- Noah Kirst of Alexandria, Ky., majoring in Manufacturing Engineering at Gateway Community College
- Megan Lueke of Hebron, Ky., majoring in Business at Northern Kentucky University
- Brannon Lillard of Warsaw, Ky., majoring in Turf Grass Management at Eastern Kentucky University
- Lin Xi Chen of Cincinnati., Oh., majoring in Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati
- Beth Fuson of Gallatin County, Ky., majoring in Nursing at Beckfield College
- Kimberly Braun of Harrison, Oh., majoring in Accounting at Northern Kentucky University
- Kelsey Ryan of Florence, Ky., majoring in Elementary Education at Georgetown College
One scholarship was given away by random drawing after each of the day's first 10 races. Nine of the scholarships were available to students not affiliated with the Thoroughbred industry. The 10th scholarship was reserved for students who are themselves affiliated with the industry or whose parents are so affiliated. The industry scholarship went to Kelsey Ryan, daughter of Turfway Park mutuel clerk Tom Ryan.
Students enrolled full time for the 2009 fall semester at an accredited college or university that accepts federal aid were eligible to participate. Funds are sent to the institution and applied to the student's account upon verification of eligibility.
The scholarship program was established by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association in 2000. The association and participating Kentucky racetracks have given away $334,000 since the scholarship program began.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association 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.