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post #1 of 5 Old 02-28-2011, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question Georgetown College Equine Scholars

Does anyone have any experience with the Georgetown College Equine Scholars program? (and no, this is not Georgetown University) I'm a rising senior in high school, and while I plan on commuting to a local university my freshman year ($$ is tight as I'm sure you all know) I'm still exploring my options because I definitely do want to transfer

I'm interested in the Georgetown program because it offers a $1,000 scholarship, it helps with career and internship placement, and it is not a specialized degree. Although I'd love to major in equine science, I just can't afford to pay for a degree that is not 100% reliable. I need a back up plan. I probably will end up majoring in biology.

And of course another plus about this school is that it is located in Georgetown, Kentucky! Horse country! Georgetown is also putting together an equestrian team.

Hopefully during summers I can find a working student position at a local barn as well.

This is the website: Equine Scholars Program
They also have a Facebook page called Georgetown Equine Scholars.

If you've participated in this program or know anyone who has, I'd love to hear about your experience with it. Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-04-2011, 03:11 PM
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I’m currently a sophomore biology student at Georgetown College and am in the Equine Scholars Program. I am originally from East Tennessee – I came to Georgetown specifically for the Equine Scholars Program. I am so glad I did!

My plans are to go on to vet school and eventually practice Sport Horse Medicine. So, the major/minor requirements of biology/chemistry will get me all my pre-reqs vet schools require. But the schools also require applicants to have extensive veterinary and general animal experience. The Equine Scholars Program has given me so many opportunities to shadow some of the top vets in the country, which will definitely boost my application! Sarah and Elizabeth have been such a help to connect the pre-vet students with these vets. In addition to shadowing, we are constantly learning of opportunities for internships, which I will apply for in my next two years here. Students have shadowed at Hagyard, Kesmarc, Old Friends, etc. Basically – the Equine Scholars Program gives us a lot of great opportunities that will boost our resumes.
If you’re not interested in veterinary medicine, there are still plenty of reasons to be a part of ESP. The whole point of the program is to link any of the majors at Georgetown to the equine industry. So outside of the obvious jobs like being a vet, there are so many other options! We frequently host speakers who work in these “not so obvious” areas, like documentary producer, graphic designers and reps for feed companies. Our speakers, tours, and available internships show just how many options there are – just within the equine industry – that are available to the traditional majors, from English to Communications and Art. So, even if you don’t know exactly where you want to be after graduation now, but know you want to be somehow involved in horses, ESP will help you find a niche and give you a strong resume to get there.

Outside of speakers and tours, the program really builds you as a future professional. There are requirements – do projects that are equine related in your classes, complete an internship, write thank you notes, and keep an updated resume. It may seem a little daunting but it is all so worth it. I really do believe I will be prepared for the real world once I graduate mostly due to the ESP!

So, obviously I think Georgetown is great and I love love love ESP. Georgetown outside of horses is a little sleepy, but we are so close to Lexington where there is plenty to do. But honestly, there are so many great horse opportunities I have yet to get bored!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-04-2011, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info! I'm considering being a vet, but I'm still undecided. :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-06-2011, 08:22 PM
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Hi! I am a junior Biology major who is an Equine Scholar at Georgetown College. As you probably know, our program is not like any other equine program you can find. I love it! Through this program, I have gotten to do and see things I would never have been able to do otherwise. We have been able to visit some of the most prestigious farms in the country, tour equine hospitals and research centers, and listen to the most respected professionals in the industry. Not only do we learn a lot, but we also make great contacts that will be really useful when we begin looking for a job.

Being an Equine Scholar helped me to get my current internship with KESMARC (KY Equine Sports Medicine and Rehab Center), which has been an awesome experience. The ESP also helped us do things that we would have a hard time doing on our own, such as play a major volunteer role in the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

I think it’s great that we are not a program that is just an Equine Science major, because with our different majors and this equine experience, we have something to fall back on if our first career choice doesn’t work.

For horse people, the location of this school is amazing! We are less than 10 minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park, there are barns of any kind within just a few miles of campus, and all of the top professionals and researchers work in the area.

I am one of the founders of the riding team, so if you have any questions about it, feel free to ask! We have all of the paperwork ready to start showing next fall. We have an awesome coach, and I’m really excited about it!

Our program coordinators and advisors are also great—they are always willing to help with anything you need!

Let me know if you have any questions about anything!
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-07-2011, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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I can't wait to hear more about the equestrian team! Thanks!
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