The first scholarship award in memory of the late John Andreini has been announced for Fall 2019. Applications will be open February 15 and close on April 15 through the All American Ruidoso Downs Foundation (www.aardfoundation.org).
An award total of $6,000 will be distributed to the worthiest candidates from all applications submitted. A written essay is part of the application and all applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the AARDF Board of Directors before final selection by that board.
The criteria for award eligibility are that the applicants or their families are involved in the horse racing community, the applicants must have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their most recent year of study, and currently attend or will attend a college (university, vocation school or certificate program) within six months of the application date.
The scholarship winners will be awarded during a presentation at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack in May.
The late John Andreini was a man whose accomplishments were only outweighed by his generosity and a spirit to serve others. He has inspired and led countless individuals to reach their goals and this scholarship award is best named for him.
He was a lifelong advocate of higher education and always assisted students in their academic endeavors. Scholarship donations, 4H support and letters of recommendation were just a few of the ways that he emphasized that “there is no substitute for a formal education.”
Andreini was founder and CEO of Andreini & Company, established in 1951 and headquartered in San Mateo, California with branches across the United States. It is one of the largest, privately held insurance brokerages in the United States, ranking consistently among the top 100 insurance firms in the country.
Along with his wife, Linda, they owned JL Ranch in Paicines, California, a highly regarded 2,600-acre quarter horse racing and breeding farm, which has bred, raced and sold quarter horses of the highest caliber.
Andreini served two terms as a commissioner on the California Horse Racing Board. He was a director of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association.
A resident of San Mateo, California, Andreini was one of four owners of Ruidoso Downs at the time of his death in July, 2018.
For information and/or an application, contact Amanda Greer at (575) 378-7350 or [email protected]
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