ODS Interscholastic Merit Scholarship
Sponsored by ODS Youth Programs
Youth Rider | Essay | For College Tuition
An annual award to recognize and reward well-rounded ODS high school dressage youth members who personify the ODS High School Code of conduct, and have been accepted to enroll as a freshman at a college or university.
- Only current ODS High School Dressage team members in good standing who have been members of ODS and have participated in the High School Dressage program at least two years at the time of application may apply. The term “Participate” is defined as: Entered in a show, volunteered or obtained sponsorships for scholarship fundraisers.
- Applications will be available on the ODS website by January 1st of the year for the scholarship award year.
- The deadline for submission of applications is April 1st of the scholarship year.
- The scholarship application must be self-initiated by the student. Teacher or parent nominations will not be accepted, and applicants are expected to complete the application process without outside assistance.
- A completed application must be submitted by the student to the ODS Office and must include any attachments to the application. The application must be USPS postmarked on or before April 1st.
- References (as described below under Award Criteria) must also be received, USPS postmarked on or before April 1st, in order for an application to be complete.
- Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the Award Criteria outlined below.
- The decision of the Scholarship Selection Committee is final.
- The winner(s) will be notified on or before June 1st of the year of application.
- Awards are not refundable or transferable to another student or another school. Winners who do not enroll in their named college or university by the end of the scholarship award year will forfeit the award.
- Students who withdraw or are dismissed from high school prior to graduation will forfeit the award.
- Previous years’ winners are not eligible to re-apply for the award and the scholarship is not renewable.
Student characteristics: 35%
- Role model, leadership, school and community service. (15%)
- Applicants should list experiences in leadership, school and community service, and service as a role model in the school or in the community at large.
- The hours, quality, number of years and variety of service will be considered.
- Applicants are encouraged to list examples of leadership and community service while in high school.
- Students should submit examples of how they demonstrate the values listed in the ODS High School Student Code of Conduct, and have worked in dressage-related activities.
- Active involvement in extracurricular activities (visual or performing arts, sports, hobbies, school clubs, church and community organizations) in and out of school. (20%)
- Students should include awards and years of participation.
- It is not necessary to include a resume.
- Students should mention special talents and interests.
- Participation in at least one sport other than dressage is considered; however, it is not necessary to have played a competitive sport, and it is not necessary to have participated in another sports program in high school.
- Dressage-related experience and activities should be included.
Academic characteristics: 30%
- The scholarship is merit-based rather than need-based.
- Academic performance in high school will be considered and a high school transcript must be submitted. The transcript must be provided directly from the high school, and sent directly to the ODS office prior to the deadline for receipt of applications.
- Applicants should include information on academic awards, participation in special academic programs or competitions, or particular academic talents.
- An essay of 250 words or less must be submitted with the application. The topic shall be “Describe the person who has had the greatest impact on your life and explain that influence” or on a topic to be determined by the Selection Committee.
- The essay must be typewritten and double-spaced.
- The essay must be solely the work of the entrant.
- Consideration will be given to originality, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and punctuation. In addition, essays will be evaluated on both style and content.
- At least two references, one from a high school faculty member, and another from a dressage trainer or instructor must be submitted by the application deadline.
- Recommendations should address the scholarship award criteria and must be submitted separately from the student’s application, directly to the ODS office.
- Cash awards will be presented each academic year by ODS to the winner(s) chosen by the Scholarship Selection Committee.
- ODS will send a check to the school, not directly to the winning student(s), for the total amount of the scholarship.
- The award payment will be made during the award year upon proof of enrollment.
- Students receiving other financial aid or scholarships are eligible for this Scholarship.
- The Scholarship Selection Committee will name winners in each award year based upon proceeds earned from a show sponsored by the High School Dressage Teams and/or other fund raising efforts.
- Scholarship winners will receive award certificates to be presented during the State High School Dressage Championship dinner or the ODS Annual Awards Banquet if a Championship show is not held.
- ODS requires confirmation of acceptance and intention to enroll in a college or university prior to announcement of scholarship recipients.
- ODS requires confirmation of enrollment in a college or university prior to award payment.
- Applicants should send confirmation of their acceptance and intention to enroll in a college or university, USPS postmarked on or before May 10th, if this information was not included in their initial application.
Scholarship Selection Committee:</b
- The Scholarship Selection Committee will be composed of three to five ODS members to include members of the ODS Youth Committee, and ODS Executive Board.
- The Committee will be selected and announced each year prior to the acceptance of applications for the next scholarship award year.
- Members of the Committee are ineligible to write recommendations for student applicants for that year.
- Parents of applicants are not eligible to serve on the Scholarship Selection Committee.
Linda Acheson Education Fund:
ODS Membership | For Educational Events
The ODS Education fund was established in 1998 and was renamed the Linda Acheson ODS Education Fund in 2004 as a memorial to Linda Acheson, former ODS President, Treasurer, and “L Education Program” graduate. Linda was an advocate of rider and instructor education. She organized the first ODS certified instructor program and supported the ODS “L” Education program, and judged many schooling shows.
Linda established the fund during her tenure as president. Her intent was to create a specific account where the earnings could be used to finance educational events and programs—in whole, or part, for the benefit of ODS members. The education fund has received numerous contributions in honor of her memory. An annual benefit show has been the main source of subsequent monies.
The Linda Acheson Education Fund is not a “restricted fund” in the sense of an endowment, however the ODS Board of Directors agreed in principle that the funds were “dedicated” to the educational mission Linda intended. The goal is to raise additional monies through fundraisers or bequests/gifts to reach a point where the income from the fund be used to sponsor educational programs. Linda estimated, and the Board of Directors subsequently adopted that the principal of the fund reach and be maintained at $50,000. At the point the income from the fund may be utilized for educational activities. The Board of Directors will establish an advisory panel to select projects or programs to support.