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CHHA awards five scholarships

August 22, 2018

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The Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association is delighted to award scholarships to five very deserving students from harness racing families.

Ryan Fusco was awarded the John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship. He has been accepted into the Pre-Med program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Ryan says,"I am a practicing Catholic, have received all my religious sacraments and am proudly encouraging my younger sister and preparing to be her confirmation sponsor in a couple of years. I hold myself to the highest standards and do my best to live by the Ten Commandments. I look forward to being a horseman’s doctor offering affordable healthcare to those in need. I also hope to be the owner of good race horses and winning the Hambletonian, Breeder’s Crown and the Kentucky Futurity.

Parker Steck was awarded the Rambling Willie scholarship to pursue a nursing degree at Ashland University. Parker says, "In July of 2014 my entire family’s life was changed forever. While on his way to work, my older brother, Ryder, was involved in a car accident. He passed away on August 2, 2014. It was during those days at Grant Medical Center that I realized that becoming a nurse was what I wanted to do with my life. My family has always been active in our church. I am raised to believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save me from my sins, and that He went to prepare a place for us to reign with Him forever.

Ronnie Huff was awarded a CHHA scholarship to study Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement at Webber International University. Ronnie says, "I grew up in harness racing with my parents. In the summer and on weekends, I work at the barn with my dad. Since coming to know Jesus, I have had several trials in my life, but, when I see Jesus hung on the cross and realize that he took the nails for me, my troubles don’t seem so great. He is my rock and my salvation.

Casey Hite was awarded a CHHA Scholarship to continue her studies at the Fayette campus of Penn State. She does a great job as a customer relations representative for the MSOA. Casey says, "My parents are both horse trainers at the Meadows Racetrack. From the beginning, they always knew the order of life was God, family and then work. I was taught to never give up when I failed. My brother and I were homeschooled until it was evident we had a strong connection to God to help with the obstacles public school would throw at us. Praying was, and still is, a huge part of my lifestyle. My major is Corporate Communications, and I’ve chosen this major to help with my goal of saving this sport.

Alexis Schwartz was awarded a CHHA scholarship to continue her studies at the University of Kentucky.
Alexis says, "Throughout my high school career, I was able to form a closer relationship with God through a program called Fayette Christian Athletes. This group helped me understand more about giving to others. We donated time working at The Well serving food to those in need.
I am very thankful for the many connections I have made through school and working at Keeneland with the thoroughbreds. My long-term goal is to receive a job as a pharmaceutical sales representative. I believe though my hard work and determination and making connections, I will be able to reach this."

For more information, visit www.chha.net/scholarship-recipients.
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