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

Each year, the Foundation, supported by the Delaware Equine Council, awards scholarships to a few high-achieving students, pursuing their education in fields that will enhance the equine or agricultural industry.

2023 awards will be presented at the annual Scholarship Dinner in March at the Harrington Moose Lodge.

Tax-deductible donations are raised throughout the year from our many sponsors. Essays are solicited from scholarship candidates in the fall and winter. The foundation board selects the recipients and awards the scholarships at the annual banquet in March or April.

Become a Sponsor

In 2022 the Foundation gave out five, $1500 grants to students.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen, or a legal resident alien
  • Delaware resident or Delaware Equine Council member
  • Enrolled in good standing at an agricultural or equine course of study or related field, or a veterinary or vet tech program in the United States
  • Completed, or are about to complete, one full semester of study

Apply for a 2023 Scholarship

DECF Officers:

  • Kate Bowski, President
  • Elrita Annett, Vice President
  • Trista North, Secretary
  • Wayne Nebel, Treasurer

Congratulations 2022 Winners!

On March 12th, 2022, five individuals were presented with their scholarships at our annual banquet.

From Left to Right: DECF President Kate Bowski, Seline Stoop University of Delaware, M&T scholarship; Emma Rigaud University of Delaware, Delaware Chapter of the American Mustang and Burro Association Scholarship; Alexa Johnson, University of Delaware, George Parris Memorial Scholarship; David Vega, University of Delaware, Linda Chick Memorial Scholarship; Alexis Buckley, Wilson College, Delaware Equine Council Scholarship.

The Winners' Banquet

At our Spring Banquet we award our winners and celebrate with a catered dinner, an auction, music and fun.

Thank You!

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We would sincerely like to thank all of our sponsors who helped to make this event a success. We truly appreciate your continued support.

$1,500 Diamond Sponsors
Delmarva Chapter American Mustang & Burro Association(AMBA
Delaware Equine Council

$1,000 Platinum Sponsor
M&T Bank

$500 Gold Sponsor
Triple Crown Nutrition
Delaware Department of Agriculture

$250 Silver Sponsors
A. Little Veterinary Clinic
Bryan & Brittingham
Delaware Thoroughbred Horseman's Association

$125 Bronze Sponsors
Dan Watson Welding
Delaware Driving Club
Singletree Stables, Mollie Esterson

Special Thanks to
Auctioneering - Frank Chick, Jr.
Door Prizes - Compliments of Chick’s Saddlery
Cocktail Hour Music - Laurie Vonasek, Dr. Paul Hanebutt, and Dr. Robert Thomas

Auction Items Donated By:
AMBA, OakView Forge LLC, Becky Bachman Miles, Bordeleau Winery, Carolyn Fox, Catherine Cirino, Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, Color Street by Kate, Custom Crocheted Creations, Del Ridge Farms, Elrita Annett, Holly Vigilante, Horse Power Show Hunters, Hudson Farm Supply, Ijule, It’s All Country, Julie Warrington, Kaitie Spencer, Kathy Krouse, Kathy Watson, Kris Penrod, Mary Bashtarz, Mast’s Harness Shop, Megan Dissinger, Origami Stables, Pam Dayton, Peggy Bowden Spence, Rusted R Ranch, Saddle Up Stables, Sarah Richards, Small Wonder Equine, Southern States Milford, Spiritland Farm, Stan & Laurie Vonasek, The Hammond Family, Tractor Supply Dover, Tractor Supply Seaford, Tribute Feeds/TG Adams, Triple Crown, Two Old Mares Blanket Services

Apply for a 2023 Scholarship

The Delaware Equine Council Foundation awards scholarships to one or more individuals who meet the required criteria. Must be a U.S. citizen, or a legal resident alien, and a Delaware resident or DEC member (may join during the application process). Must be enrolled and in good standing at an agricultural or equine course of study or related field, or a veterinary or vet tech program in the United States and have completed, or are about to complete, one full semester.

Submissions must include a transcript of one full semester’s grades with the application form. The application must also include a 400-word essay, “How I Plan to Use This Course of Study to Further the Equine or Agricultural Industry.”

  • All awards are given without discrimination as to race, sex, creed or age.
  • Application must be received by January 31, 2023.
  • Winners will be notified in February.
  • Scholarship Award: $1,500

The 2023 Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner will be held in March 2023 at the Harrington Moose Lodge.

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