2016 PRAHA Scholarship Winner - Morgan Danika Overstreet
Her PRAHA Youth Scholarship Program Application:
My name is Morgan Danika Overstreet and I have been riding horses since I was 6 years old. As I am currently 15, that means I have spent more than half my life dedicating myself to my involvement as an equestrian and their industry. I have spent most of my equine career involved with Arabian Horses. Through AHA I found that not only was this breed graceful and versatile, but so were their owners. I learned how I can help to empower others through horses and improved upon my ability to lead people through something I am passionate about.
As for my involvement with AHA this year I am the current Region 5 Youth Co-Director. I put a lot of time into this position both before and during my term. Alongside with being a Director I was a member of the Region 5 National Judging Team where I competed at nationals and received 6th in the performance section.
I am an involved member with PRAHA and have helped out at several shows, a task I greatly enjoy. When it comes to local clubs I am very involved with my High Schools Key Club, a club structured around community service and bettering the lives of others. Through Key Club I have greatly grown as a leader and public speaker, I have served on the officer board this past year as the clubs Bulletin Editor. I also am a Microsoft Student Ambassador in which I help to empower the youth in my community through technology.
As an ambassador I have been participating in many activities such as an elementary outreach program in which we teach coding to elementary schoolers. I am also a member of my schools Girls Honor Club.
Through these clubs I have had the ability to participate in many different community service events. Such events include working with NW Harvest, an organization that packages food and sends it to different Food Banks around Kent. I was also an active volunteer at Aegis, an assisted living home for those who have Dementia. I have done several other forms of community service throughout my High School years, especially in the horse world.
Last year I attended most every Region 5 show and volunteered my time to help make things run as smoothly as I could for those who were running it. I also recently attended the Scottsdale Arabian Horseshow and volunteered at the AHYA Booth for 8 hours. I have a great passion for volunteering and I hope in the future to be able to help others globally.
A personal story of mine that I cherish greatly is what led me to starting up horseback riding lessons when I was little. My parents decided to write on 3 empty Gatorade bottles one of the following activities, “swimming, horseback riding, dance.” They then covered up these labels with tape so I couldn’t tell which bottle was labeled with what activity. After each time I completed a chore I got to put 1 M&M in the bottle of my choosing, at the end of the month we would see which bottle had the most M&M’s and the activity the bottle was labeled with was the activity I was to take up. I being a rebellious little child snuck into the kitchen one night and checked to see which bottle was labeled, “horseback riding.” I then made sure this was the bottle with the most M&M’s, and so my carrier as an equestrian begins!
My GPA my 9th grade year was a 4.0 and as of this past semester my GPA is a 3.944. As of right now my primary interests are in International Business Management, Equine Business Management or Equine Science. I also find great interest in Marine Biology and things related to Animals. I do not have a specific school as of right now to be attended, but it has been a goal of mine for a while now to attend Stanford. If I win this scholarship I will apply it to furthering my education in both the equine and outside industries.
Thank you for considering me for this scholarship,
Morgan Danika Overstreet