Through donor support, Southern Reins may have scholarship funding available to provide financial assistance to participants who otherwise do not have the financial means to take part in the program, and who meet requisite criteria. Scholarships are not awarded in cash; they are awarded solely in the form of one lesson session a week for the duration of each of a single seasonal lesson session. If you are not selected to receive a scholarship for a particular session, you may reapply for a future session, but you can only partake in one session per year on scholarship.
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is a non-profit charity organization. Fees for participating in our programs are necessary to help defray the expenses associated with equine assisted activities. The fees collected cover a small percentage of the overall cost associated with maintaining the facilities, equine care, insurance, and overall programming at Southern Reins.
Southern Reins is committed to providing financial assistance to participants who otherwise do not have the financial means to take part in the program, and who meet requisite criteria. In addition to completing this scholarship application, there is an expectation that participants through their guardianship will investigate other means of financial support (please see list of other funding sources attached to this application). It is the sole responsibility of the Scholarship Committee to award all scholarships. There will be a majority vote of the by the committee members when selecting scholarships recipients. Scholarships are not awarded in cash; they are awarded solely in the form of one lesson session a week for the duration of each of our riding sessions. If you are not selected to receive a scholarship for a particular session, you may reapply for a future session, but you can only partake in one session per year on scholarship.
Any new participant who is awarded a scholarship must have all paperwork, including physician’s referral, new participant assessment, release of liability, medical consent and photo release. The assessment will be scheduled prior to the start of the session. It is the sole discretion of Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy to retract a scholarship if there are any contraindications or if the program is not deemed appropriate for the rider by the Head Instructor upon the conclusion of the assessment.
*At the end of your session, we also require a parent/caregiver testimonial to share the positive benefits you may see as a result of participating in the program. Failure to provide a testimonial may affect your eligibility for future scholarship funding.
All scholarships must include a Participant Application. CLICK HERE to view/print our Participant Application Package.
Deadline: Scholarship applications must be submitted on time. Any application received after the application deadline will not be considered. Scholarship applications must be completed in full for consideration. All applications should be emailed to , or faxed to 901-328-6328.
Eligibility: Participants may receive financial assistance for one session per calendar year.
Participation: If a rider receives a scholarship and misses more than 25% of their lessons, unless there is an unforeseen medical or emergency situation, they will not be eligible to re-apply for another scholarship from Southern Reins. Further, if a participant is a no-show or cancels within 2 hours of the scheduled lesson time for two or more lessons, the scholarship will be forfeit for the remainder of the session.
Funding is dependent on the availability of funds at the time of scholarship application
Participant need is required, including a case for support
Participant commitment is required for the riding session to arrive on time each week
In order to serve as many individuals as possible through a therapeutic riding scholarship, Southern Reins limits the number of scholarships to one session per calendar year
Special thanks to our 2020 Scholarship Fund Donors:
Baptist Memorial Health Care
Dixon Hughes Goodman
Stephanie and John Drouillard
First Horizon Foundation
Collierville Community Fund
Jenny and Wilbert Bynum
CLICK HERE to view donors to the Nick Vergos Scholarship Fund