A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Hannah Hughes of Fort Scott, Kansas, was awarded the American Quarter Horse Foundation’s Farm & Ranch Heritage Scholarship in 2019.

A herd of sorrel horses grazing on green grass in front of mountains.

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Hannah Hughes of Fort Scott, Kansas, was awarded the American Quarter Horse Foundation’s Farm & Ranch Heritage Scholarship in 2019. Hannah is the daughter of Donna and Rod Hughes and attends Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, where she majors in equine management. 

Working with Quarter Horses runs deep in this family.

“My grandfather Charles Menker played a big role in how I view the world, especially the horse world. As an AQHA honorary vice president, he served on the Youth Activities Committee for 35 years,” says Hannah. 

The knowledge passed down to Hannah has allowed her to gain valuable experience in the industry. Hannah mentions, “As an event director in the Kansas High School Rodeo Association, I cared for rodeo stock and assisted in the business side to provide complete paperwork to the rodeo secretary.” 

Always eager to participate and get involved, Hannah is happy to share her experience and horse sense. 

“My involvement in 4-H as a youth superintendent of horse projects was so satisfying allowing me to help younger competitors learn the skills of good horsemanship,” says Hannah. 

Courtesy of the Charles B. Wang Foundation, the AQHF Farm & Ranch Heritage Scholarship provides $12,500 to students from farming and ranching backgrounds, who represent the outstanding education, expertise and life skills gained through participation in agricultural activities. This four-year scholarship is one of many scholarships offered through the Foundation. 

For a complete list of available scholarships and deadline information, visit our website at aqha.com/foundation.

 

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