Congratulations to the winner of the 2016 Nebraska Roping Horse Association Scholarship
The Nebraska Roping Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce Clare Anderson as the winner of the $750 NRHA Scholarship for 2016. Clare resides in Arapahoe, NE and will graduate from Arapahoe High School in May 2016. She has been a Merit Honor Roll student throughout her high school career and holds a ranking of 4th out of 29 in her graduating class. She is an avid athlete having participated in track, cross-country and four years on the basketball team, now serving as captain. In addition to sports, Clare has been involved in Student Council, Spanish Club, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and FFA. She is active in her community as a 10 year member of the 4-H Arapahoe Baby Beef Club and as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Clare makes time to serve in her community and has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, Adopt a Highway worker, at the Crossroads Center Rescue Mission in Hastings, NE and at the Good Samaritan Nursing Facility.
Clare comes from a ranching/cattle producing family in rural Nebraska and grew up working alongside her parents and brothers in the family cattle business. She plans to attend Colorado Christian University where she will pursue a degree in accounting with the plan to return to Arapahoe. “My goal is to have an impact on my family’s cattle business my community of Arapahoe, and the beef industry in both Nebraska and in the world.” Congratulations Clare Anderson!
The Nebraska Roping Horse Association awards this scholarship each year to a graduating Nebraska high school senior. The scholarship fund was started in 1991 in honor of the late Ray Warren and Tom Forst, both with strong ties to the Elkhorn, NE area, AQHA and Nebraska Quarter Horse Association. The Nebraska Roping Horse Association holds a roping jackpot each fall, with proceeds from the roping going directly to fund the scholarship. The Nebraska Roping Horse Association gladly accepts donations in any amount at any time throughout the year. All donations go directly to help fund this scholarship.
The Nebraska Roping Horse Association encourages all youth who will be high school seniors graduating in the year 2017 to apply for this scholarship next year. Just because the Nebraska Roping Horse Association awards the scholarship, does not mean that applicants must be ropers! Any youth with any background in 4-H, farming, ranching, showing, rodeo, or agriculture in general, will meet the application criteria. The application can be found on this website by clicking the link above after May 1, 2016, or at Educationquest.org. You can also obtain a copy of the application form by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 402-630-5910. The deadline for submission next year is February 28, 2017.
If you have questions, need additional information, or would like to make a donation towards this scholarship, please contact Doc Lemon at (402) 630-5910, or at email@example.com . Checks can be made out to, and donations may also be mailed directly to, the Ray Warren/Tom Forst Memorial Fund at the Pinnacle Bank in Gretna, Nebraska. All donations are tax deductible.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2015 Nebraska Roping Horse Association Scholarship
The Nebraska Roping Horse Association is pleased to announce Cheyenne Kems as the winner of the $750 Nebraska Roping Horse Association Scholarship for 2015.Cheyenne resides in Yutan, Nebraska and will graduate from Bishop Neumann High School in May 2015. She excels academically, holding the rank of number five in her class and scored a 30 on the ACT exam. She has been a consistent honor roll student throughout her high school career. She is very involved in her community and doing work for others through the St Elisabeth Ann Seton Society, Bishop Neumann High School, 4-H and other local charities. She is an active member of the Platte Valley Wranglers 4-H Club having held several leadership positions. Additionally, she volunteers at the Wahoo Animal Shelter and for local veterinarians in Wahoo, Nebraska. She has a strong interest in pursuing a career working with animals.
Cheyenne plans to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has a strong interest in science and plans to enroll in the Animal Science program with a focus in the field of Biotechnology. Her plan is to pursue a career in the field of animal nutrition.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Nebraska Roping Horse Association Scholarship
The Nebraska Roping Horse Association is pleased to announce Madeline DuBois as the winner of the $750 Nebraska Roping Horse Association Scholarship for 2014. Madeline resides in Nebraska City, Nebraska and will graduate from Lourdes Central Catholic High School in May 2014. She excels academically, holding the rank of number one in her class and scored a 34 on the ACT exam. She has been involved in student government throughout her high school career, and is involved in many activities including sports, academic decathlon, band, choir, and ministry group. Additionally, Madeline is very involved in community and volunteer service, and spends her summers volunteering as a 4-H camp counselor.
Madeline plans to attend the University of Kansas at Lawrence. Her plans are to enroll in their vigorous Honors Program and major in International Relations with a minor in Spanish, and a focus on Arabic. Madeline’s goals include a career abroad in the United States Foreign Service as a diplomat. Additionally, she has a special interest in equine therapy for children with special needs, including Autism. Her hope is after serving a period of time in diplomatic service, to settle down on her own ranch where she can provide this opportunity for children in need.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2013 Nebraska Roping Horse Association Scholarship
The Nebraska Roping Horse Association is pleased to announce Bonnie Smith as the winner of the $750 Ray Warren/Tom Forst Memorial Scholarship for 2013. Bonnie resides in Omaha and will graduate from Omaha Northwest Magnet School in May 2013. She is a four year Honor Roll student who has served as Vice President of the Student Council for 2011-2013, President of the Math Club for 2011-2013 and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Bonnie has been active in track and field, earning her academic letter for three of four years during her high school career, and was named Female Athlete of the Year for 2011-2012. She is active in her church as a volunteer, has volunteered with the Salvation Army as a bell ringer and participates in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Bonnie ranks #2 in her graduating class of 280 students with a current GPA of 4.57 (on a 4.0 scale) and scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test. Bonnie will study architecture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she plans to earn her bachelor’s degree and then pursue her master’s degree. Her interest in architecture was only intensified after she completed a mission trip to Trinidad and Tobago her sophomore year. Ultimately, she would like travel to underprivileged areas to design houses. Please join us in congratulating Bonnie Smith.
Congratulations to Shelby Garland winner of the
2012 Ray Warren/Tom Forst Memorial Scholarship
The Nebraska Roping Horse Association is pleased to announce Shelby Garland as the winner of the $750 Ray Warren/Tom Forst Memorial Scholarship for 2012. Shelby comes from a farming family in Ohiowa, NE and will graduate from Bruning-Davenport High School in May 2012. She has held the office of President of the National Honor Society since 2011, and is active in: volleyball, basketball, track, FCCLA, drama and speech. She is described as a positive leader who is also active in her church and community. Shelby plans to attend Hastings College and study pre-veterinary medicine. Her ultimate plans are to complete veterinary school and practice in a rural community.
Congratulations to Ashley O'Donnell winner of the 2011 Roping Horse Scholarship
Ashley O'Donnell is pictured here receiving her saddle with NE Roping Horse Association President, Zac Wiges.
Sponsors of the saddle were:
Burkey Hay Co.
Walker Ag Supply
JS Ropings/Swanson QH
NE Roping Horse Assoc.
2011-Congratulations to Robert Kirkland!
The Nebraska Roping Horse Association is pleased to announce Robert Kirkland as the winner of the $750 Ray Warren/Tom Forst Memorial Scholarship for 2011. Robert resides in Garland, NE and will graduate from Seward High School in May 2011. He was chosen from an elite group of 21 applicants with a mean grade point average of 3.94 and a mean ACT score of 30. His award winning essay combined with high academic achievement, strong letters of recommendation, extensive community involvement along with his involvement in the agricultural and equine industries, made him the choice for this year’s scholarship. Robert plans to attend the University ofNebraska at Kearney where he has been accepted into the Honers program. He will study Biology with an emphasis in Pre-medicine. Robert's ultimate plans are to complete medical school and practice medicine in a rural community in Nebraska.
2010-Congratulations to Luke Wilson!
The Nebraska Roping Horse Association is pleased to announce Luke Wilson as the winner of the $750 Ray Warren/Tom Forst Memorial Scholarship for 2010. Luke, who resides in Harrison, NE, is a recent graduate of Sioux County High School. He was chosen from an elite group of 18 applicants with a mean grade point average of 3.96 and a mean ACT score of 30. His award winning essay combined with high academic achievement, strong letters of recommendation, extensive community involvement along with his involvement in the agricultural industry, made him the choice for this year's scholarship. Luke plans to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the fall of 2010, where he will begin a course of study in mechanical engineering.