NSBA Foundation Scholarship
The NSBA Foundation awards one scholarship annually in the amount of $2000 in honor of academic merit and financial need. The recipient will receive $1,000 the first year, and the next installment will be awarded the second year. The program is open to any current NSBA youth member who will be attending an accredited college or university on a full-time basis, for a minimum of 12 credit hours. The Foundation's scholarship fund relies strictly on donations, and accepts donations of any size as well as special memorial scholarship contributions to present the award each year.
Alexis Potts, of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, has received the NSBA Foundation scholarship. Alexis received her high school education from South Carolina Connections Academy, where she graduated with a 4.8 grade point average. Alexis represents the fourth generation in her family to grow up in a competitive horse show environment. She has noted the horses helped shape her into the person she is today, helping her learn the value of hard work, perseverance, and responsibility as well as becoming a goal-driven person.
She was very involved with the South Carolina Quarter Horse Youth Association, having served as vice president of the association for three years. In addition to creating fun and welcome events at horse shows, Alexis also served her community by developing the Alexis Potts Passion Foundation and Stirrup Your Spirits, as well as collecting pop cans and pop tabs as well as food for various non-profit organizations and volunteering at Trailer Park Ministries.
Alexis plans to attend Auburn University this fall and will major in apparel merchandising. She plans to use her degree to expand her online boutique, The Frilly Filly LLC, to have storefronts across the country.
Alexis will receive a total of $2,000 over the next two years with $1,000 awarded during her freshman year of college and an additional $1,000 awarded during her sophomore year.
Alexa Gerdes, of Dodge City, Kansas, will attend Texas Christian University and plans to study forensic psychology. She hopes to pursue a career in the Behavioral Analysis Unit within the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a criminal profiler/psychologist, which involves conducting detailed analysis of crimes.
“I was fortunate to take one of the very first forensic science classes offered in the state of Kansas during my junior year of high school. We studied everything from fingerprint analysis to DNA to use of fibers as evidence and autopsies. I loved the class,” she said.
Lola Knight, of Kernersville, North Carolina, plans to study equine business management or business administration as she pursues a career within the horse industry.
“When I found out I could make a career by training and boarding horses, my decision was made. There was no question in my mind that this was what I wanted to spend my life doing,” she said. Lola has already worked for Steve and Jennifer Reams as well as Jeremy May, learning the life of a professional horse trainer. She also serves as North Carolina Quarter Horse Youth Association’s 2021 press secretary.
A multiple APHA world champion from Dallas, Texas, Antonia plans to use her $2,000 scholarship to pursue a career as a trauma surgeon at the University of Texas Austin.
"This scholarship means a lot to me," Antonia says. "Seeing the support of all the people within the association for all the youth is such a great feeling. I've learned so much from working with horses that will help me as I pursue my goals in college, and having this scholarship will help my parents and me out so much."
Of Belton, Texas, Delanie plans to use her $2,000 scholarship to pursue a career in neurosurgery at Texas Christian University.
Delanie is a Novice exhibitor who was a three-time champion at the AQHA Central Level 1 Championship Show and has placed in the top ten at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. "I'm very excited to receive the NSBA scholarship, and to represent NSBA as [the 2019] winner," Delanie said.
Erika, of Casco, Wisconsin, plans to attend dental school with a focus in orthodontics at the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse with her $2,000 scholarship.
Erika has been competing in 4-H, Buckskin, AQHA, and NSBA events since she was a little girl. "Horses have helped shape me to be the person I am today," Erika says. "It's really great to be rewarded financially by an association that I've been showing and participating in for many years."