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Tuesday, July 03, 2018Contact: Alexa Ravit (212) 521-5307
The Jockey Club’s Academic Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2018-2019

The Jockey Club announced today that Brianna Vitt has been selected to receive The Jockey Club Scholarship and Jacqueline Schumacher has been selected to receive The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship.

The Jockey Club Scholarship provides $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) to a student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher at any university and has demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry.

The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship awards $6,000 ($3,000 per semester) annually to a student at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) and is based on academic achievement, a proposed career path in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and previous industry involvement. Goodman, a longtime member of The Jockey Club and one of three founders of the RTIP, passed away in April at the age of 97.

Vitt is a rising senior at the University of Louisville and is double majoring in equine business and marketing. She has interned at Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, Keeneland, and Churchill Downs. She has also worked as a hot walker. Upon graduation, Vitt aims to pursue a career in equine marketing.

“I am honored to receive The Jockey Club Scholarship,” said Vitt. “With this reward, I am able to keep school as my main focus and broaden my experiences in the racing industry. This will allow me to take the next step toward my long-term objectives and dreams.”

Schumacher will be a senior in the RTIP this fall. She is on the Dean’s List and is heavily involved in the production of the RTIP’s annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming. She plans to use her multilingual skills to enter a career in international simulcasting.

“I would like to express my gratitude to The Jockey Club for this award and to my professors Wendy Davis and Liz Bracken at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program,” said Schumacher. “Their unwavering dedication to the RTIP students forms the bedrock on which we students stand.”

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