Finkelson - Scholarship

ALLEN J. FINKELSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers' Association annually bestows the Allen J. Finkelson Memorial Scholarship, which is named in memory of one of harness racing's marketing legends.

Finkelson was one of the great marketing ambassadors for harness racing. His promotions, while at Monticello Raceway and then Pompano Park, were world renowned in addition to the many great sports and celebrity people whom he was friends with and helped promote harness racing. Finkelson was inducted into the Communicator's Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and was honored with the Proximity Award for his contributions to promoting the industry. He passed away at age 71.

Since its inception, this scholarship fund has helped deserving young people realize their career dreams with grants for continuing education in the equine and communications industries. Applicants must be a Florida resident and have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. The Scholarship is administered by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers' Association.

2017 USHWA-Florida Finkelson Scholarship Winners

Steven Wolf, President USHWA-Forida

Coral Springs, FL -- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers' Association (USHWA) has announced five candidates who will receive awards this year (2017) from the Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national USHWA organization.

"There were 11 candidates that were eligible for the scholarhips this year," said Thomas H, Hicks, who chairs the scholarship commitee. "And, our committee worked diligently in deciding who would be the winners. We are delighted to have had so many applications and it was not easy making the final selections." Two students, Daniel Clein and Jessica Hallett, will both receive scholarshipo checks as the top two candidates. Students Amber Kelley, Paul Levia and Sarah Birkhold will also receive scholarships. Preference for these scholarship awards were given to a student(s) majoring in journalism, communications or equine related studies. Historically, there has been up to $3,000 awarded annually in scholarship money. Applicants must be a resident of the state of Florida and currently accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university in the United States. Criteria for selection include community service, academic achievement, and leadership. Award winner profiles appear below:

Daniel Clein will start his freshman year this fall at the University of Central Flroida with a goal of becoming a veterinarian. He is a graduate of Wellington High School with a GPA of 3.6, was in the Wellington HS Equine Pre-Vet Academy Magnet Program and participated in numerous community outreach programs, including creating a 501C3 not for profit charity.

Jessica Hallett will be a freshman at Nova Southeastern University. She is the daughter of trainers John and Michelle Hallett and has spent most of her life around harness racing. She graduated from Deerfield Beach High School with an impressive 5.12 GPA, was a star athlete, volunteered in numerous community servuce activities and has been writing feature stories on harness racing for Harnesslinkcom.

Sarah Birkhold is from Sarasota and is a first year graduate student at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been an Allen J. Finkelson scholarhip winner the past four years. Her GPA is 3.72 and she has been President of the Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen Society, Treasurer of Block & Bridle Group, a teaching assistant in Equine Management and did an internship at Firethorn Equine in Ohio. Sarah is the daughter of FSBOA Director and horse owner, George Birkhold.

Amber Kelley is from North Lauderdale and is a sophomore at Florida Atlantic University, where she is majoring in Multi Media Journalism Studies. She has a 3.789 GPA and was nominated for both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Society for Collegiate Leadership. She is also secretary of the Kiwanis Circle K Intertnational local chapter and is involved with a Mentoring Project.

Paul Levia hails fron Pembroke Pines and is a junior at Florida International University where he is majoring in Broadcast Media. He has a 3.875 GPA and is an AP Scholar, National Honor Society since 2014 and is a volunteer at the Broward Public Library.

Four Receive Florida USHWA 2018 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarships

Coral Springs, FL (September 13, 2018) - The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced four candidates who will receive awards this year from the Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national USHWA organization

“There were 13 candidates that were eligible for the scholarships.” said Thomas H. Hicks, who chairs the scholarship committee. “Our committee worked diligently in deciding who would be the winners. We are very pleased to have had so many applications this year and it was not easy making the final selections.”

The top scholarship winner of $1,000 was Shiselle Povedano and three students, Ashley Ferrato, Jessica Hallett and Jaimeelee Medoza, will each receive $500.

Preference for these scholarship awards were given to a student(s) majoring in journalism, communications or equine related studies. On average, there has been up to $3,000 awarded annually in scholarship money.

Applicants must be a resident of the state of Florida and currently accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university in the United States. Criteria for selection include community service, academic achievement, and leadership.

Shiselle Povedano of Coral Springs is in her senior year at the University of Florida heading towards duel degrees in public relations and economics. She currently had a GPA of 3.75 and is on the Dean’s List. Shiselle is also a co-founder and vice president of the Association for Media Professionals. She recently worked as part of the photography crew for the SuperCon Convention in south Florida and does community service with the CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, an at-risk youth prevention center. She was the only unanimous choice of the Scholarship Committee.

Ashley Ferrato of Palm City is in her freshman year at the University of Florida and is a pre-veterinarian student. She attended South Fork High School and had a GPA of 3.87. She has grown up with her family owning horses her entire life. She worked the past summer as an assistant for the Animal Care Extraordinaire Vet Clinic, competes in Dressage and was an assistant barn manager for Treasure Coast Dressage. Her extracurricular activities included USEF Varsity Lettering and is an officer of Future Farmers of America.

Jessica Hallett of Margate has entered her sophomore year at Nova Southeastern University going for a degree in Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience and has a GPA of 3.69. She is the daughter of trainers John & Michelle Hallett of Margate and has spent most of her life around harness racing. Jessica’s extracurricular activities are quite extensive including the NSU Equestrian Club, President’s 64, Broward Sheriff’s Office Police and Fire Cadet Program and many more groups. And Jessica is becoming an accomplished journalist and has been writing feature stories on harness racing for Harnesslink.com for more than a year.

Jaimeelee Medoza of Port Charlotte is entering the University of Central Florida as a junior and has a GPA of 3.54 and is studying towards a degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing. She was Dean’s List the past two years at Florida Gulf Coast University. An avid singer, Jaimeelee performs at local churches, nursing homes and has also worked for Habitat For Humanity. She also worked on the school newspaper as a news writer, worked in radio and on the Yearbook Committee.

For more information about the Florida Chapter of USHWA and the Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship, visit their website at www.ushwa-florida.com.

Application available for Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship

Pompano Beach, FL (April 3, 2019)--- Steven Wolf, President of the Florida chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2019 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards.

The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national USHWA organization.

Preference for these scholarship awards will be given to students majoring in journalism, communications or veterinarian related studies. Applicants must be a resident of the state of Florida and currently accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university in the United States. Criteria for selection include community service, academic achievement and leadership.

Applicants nust have demonstrated scholastic ability with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and show evidence of community service and leadership through certificates, awards and/or letters of commendation.

Fully completed applications must be postmarked no later than June 3, 2019 for consideration of a July 2019 award. Recipients may reapply annually for a maximum of four years. Applications should be submitted/addressed to the Florida Chapter USHWA, Scholarship Committee, 3508 Sahara Springs Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33069. For more information or to receive an application on the internet, contact by e-mail, Thomas H. Hicks at renparlc@gate.net or Steven Wolf at stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. The application form may also be downloaded by clicking below.