Foundation Scholarships

Welcome to the Delaware Equine Council Foundation. We are an independent, non-profit organization (501 C-3), dedicated to promoting scholarship in the agricultural and equine fields of study.

Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships to high-achieving college students, pursuing their education in fields that will enhance the equine or agricultural industry. These scholarships are supported by the Delaware Equine Council, donations received from generous contributors within the community, and fundraising events.

Essays are solicited from scholarship candidates in the fall and winter. A panel of highly qualified judges, chosen for their expertise in the equine and agricultural fields, selects the recipients. Scholarships are awarded at our annual banquet in March.

2024 Scholarship Winners
In 2024 the Foundation granted five, $1500 scholarships to students.

Mr. & Mrs. Collins accepted the George Parris Memorial Scholarship for their daughter, Kaitlyn Collins.

Lillian McGarvey’s mother accepting the DEC Scholarship for Lillian McGarvey

Isabella Ferraro Received the M&T Bank Scholarship

Emma Rigaud

Isabella Stine

Sponsors and Special Thanks

$1,500 Diamond Sponsors

  • George Parris Memorial Fund
  • Delaware Equine Council

$1,000 Platinum Sponsor

  • M&T Bank
  • Anonymous Donor (In Memory of George Parris)

$500 Gold Sponsor

  • Anonymous Donor
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Btyan & Brittingham
  • Chicks Saddlery
  • County Bank
  • Delaware Department of Agriculture
  • JoAnne Santivasci (in memory of George Parris)

$250 Silver Sponsor

  • Delmarva Driving Club

$125 Bronze Sponsor

  • Singletree Stables – Mollie Esterson

Special Thanks to:

Auctioneering – J.T. Robbins
Door Prizes – Compliments of Chicks Saddlery
DECF Cake – Country Cupcakes

Judging Panel

Dr. Michelle Egli – Delaware Equine Clinic
Ms. Allison Scott – Lake Forrest FFA
Dr. Daniele Kidd – Delaware Technical Community College Agricultural Department Chairperson