The Horsemen’s Protective & Benevolent Association of BC is pleased to announce the availability of two new education funding programs for the 2019-2020 year. The two new programs are in addition to the continuing Peter Ellickson Scholarship Fund, which last year provided 15 scholarship grants ranging from $500 to $1000.
HBPA of BC & Swift Thoroughbreds Backstretch Workers Education Fund
One of the new programs was initiated by Swift Thoroughbreds Inc., which is partnering with the HBPA of BC to provide funding for Hastings Racecourse backstretch employees and their families who want to pursue and complete education and employment training goals.
Funding will be available for individuals (elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels) who demonstrate low-income status. Unique additional opportunities for funding of organized school events, travel costs and tutoring are also offered.
John “Timer” Goodwin Scholarships
A new scholarship program has been funded by the family of John “Timer” Goodwin, a keen member of the Hastings Racing Club and an enthusiastic Thoroughbred horseracing fan, who passed away in 2018.
The scholarship program is designed for HBPA of BC members and their families who want to pursue and complete education and employment training goals. The program’s first year will offer three $1000 scholarships. Attendance at established Canadian or international education and employment training institutions is supported.
Peter Ellickson Scholarship Fund
The HBPA of BC’s Peter Ellickson Scholarships continue to be available to the organization’s members, backstretch personnel, and to the members’ sons, daughters and legal wards who derive or have derived their principal income as “backstretch” personnel of Thoroughbred racing in British Columbia.
The HBPA of BC’s Scholarship Committee will administer the three programs with final approval of all grants being the responsibility of the HBPA of BC’s board of directors.
Application forms for the three education funding programs are available online and on the backstretch.
HPBA-BC website www.hbpa-bc.com
HBPA Scholarship Committee HBPAscholarship@gmail.com
HBPA-BC secretary-treasurer HBPANeilS@gmail.com
Hastings Racecourse backstretch Racing Office
Barn G – Steve Henson
Application submission deadline August 10, 2019