Scholarship program


The Mounted Patrol Foundation Scholarship program funds scholarships for deserving students that are involved in equestrian activities. Since 2011, ten  scholarships have been awarded to deserving competitors in the 4th of July Junior Rodeo. We now are adding another scholarship.

NEW for 2020

WHOA! - Woodside-area Horse Owners Association

and the Mounted Patrol Foundation

Announce the winner of the new $10,000 Scholarship


PRESS RELEASE (Woodside, CA) June 12, 2020 - Woodside, CA)

The Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) and the Mounted Patrol Foundation (MPF), joint sponsors of the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award, congratulate Homestead High School senior Rebecca Refaee on being awarded this new scholarship.

Both the Mounted Patrol Foundation and WHOA! share a deep interest in the next generation of equestrians, as well as a commitment to helping them achieve worthwhile goals, through each organizations' ongoing activities and through their joint sponsorship of this scholarship.

This scholarship award is especially relevant at a time when financial assistance with education expenses is even more important to the next generation of equestrians.

Meet Award Recipient Rebecca Refaee

Rebecca, a Los Altos resident, is currently a novice rider for Stanford Red Barn's Interscholastic Equestrian Team, a lettered United States Dressage Federation rider, and has been a counselor at Camp Cardinal, Stanford University's youth horse riding camp, and a volunteer at Stanford horse shows and team tryouts.

A straight-A student, including advanced placement as well as college courses, Rebecca's academic involvement includes serving her high school as Vice President of the Animal Welfare Club and President of the Spanish Club, and achieving her black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Rebecca's community service experience includes serving as Assistant Animal Socializer and Youth Volunteer at Jasper Ridge Farm, and volunteering at Sunday Friends, where she helped low-income families learn English. In addition, she created Anatomy Whiz, an Apple app that teaches girls about science.

Her awards include being named a National Merit Scholar and AP Scholar with Honor, and she has been inducted into the Science Research Honor Society, which published her research paper. She also received the Youth Mentorship Award at Jasper Ridge Farm.

Rebecca will attend Stanford University in the fall, where she plans to join both the dressage and hunt seat teams with the goal of competing all four years. She will study physics at Stanford, and conduct research, to prepare for a physics PhD program and ultimately, her dream career: scientific researcher.

Outstanding Applicants

Eligible applicants included high school seniors who attended schools in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties, and who had been accepted to and planned to attend a college, university or other continuing education program this fall.

A number of high school seniors applied for the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award. The five-member selection committee, with two members representing each sponsoring organization and a committee chair representing both organizations, were captivated by each applicant's strong commitment go equestrian involvement, academic excellence, and contribution to the community, as well as their impressive essays that displayed superb writing skills.

Applicants were involved with many local organizations: vaulting, dressage, and eventing clubs, Pony Club, Woodside Junior Riders, 4th of July Rodeo, 4H, USEA, USEF, APHA, and Dream Power. Many of the applicants have or still are supporting CASA, Square Peg Foundation, Animal Assisted Happiness, local food banks, Abilities United, NCEFT, SPCA, Jasper Ridge Farm, and BOK.

From the stellar group of applicants, the selection committee selected six semi-finalists: Kelley Hill, Isabella Gaddini, Rebecca Refaee, Clara Oberg, Rebecca Rodriguez-Soto, and Antonin Cornillon. To address their need for financial aid, they were further asked to summarize how this scholarship could aid them in their future and assist with their education. From that group, two finalists, Rebecca Refaee and Antonin Cornillon, both presented outstanding applications and wrote compelling and persuasive essays, and ultimately Rebecca Refaee was selected as the recipient.



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December 2019 - The Mounted Patrol Foundation and the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) are pleased to announce a new scholarship, the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award, jointly sponsored by the two organizations for a deserving local high school senior with a demonstrated involvement in equestrian activities as well as academic achievement and community service..


Both the Mounted Patrol Foundation and WHOA! share a deep interest in the next generation of equestrians, as well as a commitment to helping them achieve worthwhile goals, through each organizations ongoing activities and now through their joint sponsorship of the this scholarship award.

Recipient must meet the following criteria:


The application link is below.  Please complete all sections of the application by typing in the form fields. Once complete, print and sign, then scan and submit by email to   Incomplete applications will not be considered.


The $10,000 scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient's college or university in support of the recipient's tuition, fees, room and/or board.

The deadline for submission is was April 10, 2020 by 3:00pm. Due to the issues related to the COVID-19 virus and the shutdowns, some applicants have had difficulty in meeting this deadline.  The deadline has been extended to May 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm.  Decisions will be made by May 29, 2020.   Selection criteria include demonstrated equestrian involvement, academic achievement, and community service. Financial need will be taken into consideration in the selection of the scholarship recipient. Finalists will be required to provide transcripts showing their GPA.





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