How does having a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship sound? On Friday, Nov. 11, Churchill Downs will host College Scholarship Day at the Races, where full-time students will have an opportunity to register to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships are being funded by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Churchill Downs.
However, there is a stipulation. According to Churchill Downs’ website, students must be present after each race in order to claim or win the scholarship. In addition to possibly winning a scholarship, college students receive free general admission to the track when they present their college I.D.
Senior Bellarmine student, Ali Greenwell, is excited about College Day at the Races. She said, “Free admission is enough of a reason alone to go to the track. The added bonus of potentially winning a scholarship makes the deal even sweeter.”
Senior Bellarmine student, Chelsea Ancona, agrees with Greenwell. Ancona said the chance to win a scholarship is very enticing. She added, “College is very expensive, so any scholarship would help!”
According to Churchill Downs’ website, veterans will also receive free admission to the track when they present their military I.D. Also, the first 500 students who register will receive a free Vineyard Vines ball cap.
Students who present their college I.D. will receive free admission to a concert by Grammy-nominated American county artist David Nail. He will perform his new single “Let it Rain.” The concert will begin shortly after the last race concludes. It will start at approximately 5:30 p.m. and will end around 7 p.m. Although Greenwell would attend the races, she said, “I don’t know who David Nail is, so I probably would not attend the concert.”
General admission to the track is $3 without a student I.D. and the concert is included in the admission price.
There will also be a free student shuttle from 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The shuttle will pick up and drop off students at Gray’s College Bookstore located at 1915 South Fourth Street.
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. There will be 10 races. The first race will begin at approximately 12:40 p.m. and the last race will begin around 5:03 p.m.
Even though Greenwell has to work later that day, she said she is still considering attending. Although Saturday’s wouldn’t work better for her, she and Ancona both agree that Saturday would have been a better day. Ancona said, “Saturdays are much more convenient for a college student.”