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Career Scholarships
Career Scholarships

Ashley Dudas and Romeo“In order to change the world, it is imperative that we have well-trained, knowledgeable natural horsemanship equine professionals around the world.  These professionals – who are teaching, demonstrating, and exemplifying natural horsemanship principles – can have a significant impact on countless horse owners each and every day.”

– Ann Kiser, Board of Directors

Since the Scholarship program’s formal inception in July 2010, over 1 Million Dollars has been awarded to close to 200 deserving students. (Includes amounts awarded through our predecessor, the Horsemanship Fund.) We look forward to awarding more scholarships in the future.


Why Scholarships: Scholarships help in the development of future natural horsemanship professionals. Through scholarships, the Parelli Foundation is increasing the number of highly qualified instructors, horse development specialists, equine practitioners, and competitors who will touch the lives of students and equine enthusiasts around the world.

Dollar Amounts: The amount of the scholarship varies and is usually a percentage of the total cost of the course that the student will be enrolled in. In most cases, partial tuition scholarships are provided; therefore, if you are seeking a full scholarship, we recommend finding additional financial support outside of our program.

Criteria: Part of the criteria for a scholarship award is documented financial need. Other qualifying criteria include how many people will be impacted by their scholarship and the impact on our program areas.

Pay it Forward: Scholarship applicants commit to participating in Pay It Forward activities such as donating instruction or horse development services to youth groups, therapeutic horsemanship programs, horse rescues, veterinary hospitals, mounted police units, and other equine organizations.

The scholarship program and its efforts are an integral part of the future of the Parelli Foundation.

Career Scholarships and Application

Information regarding the Scholarships!

Students are welcome to apply for scholarships for learning opportunities that meet one of the following criteria:

  • Course qualifies the student to become a natural horsemanship professional, through a documented licensing or exam process
    • At the present time, our focus is helping those students who have already shown talent and dedication and are in the final phase of their education. The Foundation provides scholarship assistance to complete the last courses needed to accomplish their career goal.
    • In the future when we have more scholarship funds available, we will consider scholarships for course work earlier in the journey.
  • Continued Education for a natural horsemanship professional for special or advanced study
  • Advancement as a Professional in one or more of our Program areas which includes: Youth, Therapeutic, or Horse Welfare
  • Training for international competition using natural horsemanship principles

All applicants should be certain that they meet the qualifications for the course they are requesting a scholarship to support. For instance:

  • If the course is to study with Pat at one of the Parelli Centers, there is an application process that must be completed with Parelli Natural Horsemanship and verification that the student has been accepted for the course must be included with the request for a scholarship.
  • If an applicant is requesting tuition for the final year of veterinary or equine sciences study, documentation from the college indicating the student has completed prior years of study and grade point must be included.
  • If the applicant is requesting assistance to obtain an advanced certification with an organization like PATH, evidence of basic certification is needed.

Special note to our international friends: The Parelli Foundation is a United States company. We provide scholarships for students to study in the United States. If you are located outside the United States, you may apply for a scholarship to study in the United States. However, we are sorry that at this time we are unable to provide scholarships for students to study outside the United States.

The scholarship application period closed May 15, 2019.
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Some of our Recipients

Scholarship Students 2016: Michele Pagliaro, Silvia Donzelli, Irene Greco, and Matteo Patti

Scholarship Students 2018: Ramona Vierheller (Germany) and Tanja Dominioni (Italy)

Tanja Dominioni

Tanja Dominioni “Paying it Forward”

Debbie Adcock

2013 Recipient 2* Parelli Professional Debbie Adcock

Jodi Grimm-Ellis

2013 Recipient 3* Parelli Professional Jody Grimm

Scholarship Students 2015: Alessandra Fenzi, Katie Lund, Bianca Sassetti, and Mckenzie Courtney

Kari Bowser

2018 Recipient Kari Bowser

Nancy Slater

2013 Recipient 2* Parelli Professional Nancy Slater

Erin Fowle

2013 and 2016 Recipient Former 3* Parelli Professional Erin Fowle

Pay It Forward

Paying it Forward

Pay It Forward is a promise that you will use your education from the Parelli Foundation to help the world become a better place for horses and humans. Pay It Forward multiplies the impact of every scholarship dollar.

  • Scholarships make an education possible for qualified students who could not otherwise afford to attend a professional track or pursue a career as a natural horsemanship Professional.
  • Scholarship recipients Pay It Forward by providing education to staff, volunteers, and participants of non-profit programs that are dedicated to youth horsemanship, therapeutic horsemanship, and horse welfare.
  • The programs help the Professionals grow in their own horsemanship through real-world experience with a variety of horses and humans.

All Applicants: As part of their scholarship application, applicants are required to make a specific commitment to support one of the Foundation’s areas of focus by providing service hours within one to three years of receiving their scholarship. The number of service hours based on the amount of your scholarship divided by $50. Your hours will be reported on our tracking form. We encourage you to send us descriptions, photos, and/or videos of your pay-it-forward experiences. This will encourage others to do the same.

Binding Agreement: When a scholarship is awarded, the recipient signs a binding agreement that outlines the number of service hours required, how the service hours will be performed, and the date by which all service hours must be completed. In the rare instance that the service hours are not performed, the recipient is required to repay the full amount of the scholarship, plus interest.


If so, please complete the Pay It Forward Report to tell us about what you have been doing!

How to Pay It Forward:

Bill Avery scholarship for PATH certification tox work helping start a therapy program for veteransScholarship applicants have some flexibility in how they design their Pay It Forward commitment helping youth horsemanship, therapeutic horsemanship, or horse welfare programs. You determine how and when, and tell us your promise! Be realistic; yet stretch yourself in how you can help. This will be one of the elements that the Scholarship Committee considers in reviewing applications.

Some examples:

  • Volunteer a half-day every two weeks at a local horse rescue to help prepare horses for adoption homes.
  • Volunteer at a therapeutic horsemanship center for one day per month to play the 7 Games with the horses, and to teach the staff more about how the horses are communicating.
  • Host or volunteer at events throughout the year to raise funds for the Foundation.
  • Volunteer to help a natural horsemanship youth program or 4-H club.

Inspired? Ready to get started?  Visit the Scholarships page for an application form and instructions.

It is expected that your Pay It Forward commitment can be accomplished in one to three years after your course work. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Inspiring Stories

Meet Dave Ellis

6 Star Master Instructor Dave Ellis has been with Pat Parelli since 1985. He has been involved with horses since grammar school and the late fifties. He was raised on an oil lease in the western side of the great San Joaquin Valley of California. Being far removed from any town, horses became his primary toys. As a boy, he found himself helping the neighbors with problem horses, and was soon teaching kids from town how to ride. [See More…]

Erin Fowle
Erin Fowle – Why I Support the Foundation

Erin Fowle, a 3-star Licensed Parelli Professional from Etna, CA, says her introduction to Parelli came through her parents. They went to see Pat when he was in Southern California in 1998. They videoed the event and, after watching it, Erin knew she wanted to interact with her horses so they too had the wonderful expression and enthusiasm she had seen. Erin is grateful to the Foundation for its support of her career change from a public school teacher to a Licensed Parelli Professional. She has strong interests in the four areas that the Foundation supports. [See More…]

Lisa Trowse and Just Jack

The beginning of Lisa’s story is common to so many women. A horse-loving girl who owned and rode her own horse regularly in her youth, she disconnected from horses for a time, as career and family became her focus. Years later, Lisa’s loving husband encouraged her to reignite her passion for horses by giving her “a few lessons” as a gift. But here is exactly where Lisa’s similarity to other horse owners abruptly ends. [See More…]