Bootstraps Scholarship Program Accepting Nominations

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Have you worked on the backstretch in Maryland in the last three years? Are you enrolled in a four-year degree program at a college or university? Do you have a passion to continue working in the Thoroughbred industry upon graduation?

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is proud to announce a new scholarship program that will be funded by Ferris Allen, the Laurel Park-based trainer who also serves on the MTHA Board of Directors. If a qualified candidate is identified after a review, the scholarship will reward that individual with important financial assistance to help pay for his or her education.

Qualified candidates include those who have been employed on the backstretch at Laurel Park or Pimlico or work in another support area of Maryland thoroughbred racing in the last 3 years. Candidates should also be enrolled in a four-year college or university in the Fall of 2023. 

“I felt it vital our industry should do more to provide meaningful on-going financial assistance for an individual who shares our passion for horses,” remarked Allen. “This new program will identify one worthy candidate each year and provide consequential support to further their goal of being a future leader in the Maryland thoroughbred racing industry.”

Up to $10,000 per year will be awarded to one individual after all candidates are considered. Applications are due by Aug. 15 and can be completed at

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