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Cusumano Wins Third Annual Young Adult Alliance Judging School Scholarship



The American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance (YAA), presented their third annual Judging School Scholarship to Jordan Cusumano of Howell, Michigan. The Professional Development Project created by this passionate group awards a $1,500 scholarship to one individual aged 21-40, professional or amateur, who is interested in attaining their Morgan R judging card.

“We created this scholarship to encourage young adults to join the Morgan judging pool, we see it as a way to provide financial support to young adults who endeavor to give back to the Morgan breed through judging,” said YAA co-chair Steven Handy. 

“Our applicants this year were all well qualified, and the field was very competitive. The winner, Jordan Cusumano, holds a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan in Social Work and works as a volunteer coordinator at a leading hospital. She received a glowing recommendation from Gerry Rushton. Cusumano‘s application essay was what stood out the most, however, and illustrated how her profession as a social worker will benefit her as a Morgan judge through the same grounding in ethics and education.”

The application period for the 2017 YAA Judging School Scholarship will be released in the coming months and the scholarship will be awarded in winter of 2017. To learn more about the project visit http://www.morganhorse.com/yaa/yaa-project/.

The American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance (YAA) is an organization of 18-40 year old amateurs and professionals working together to strengthen the Morgan breed. Established in 2013, this group was founded to create a platform for young adult members to build relationships, develop professionally, become civically and philanthropically active, and to contribute to the economic success of the Morgan community. For more information, visit: www.morganhorse.com/yaa or email youngadultcouncil1@gmail.com.

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