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Grants & Scholarships

Find financial help for your center, staff and participants.

Premier Accredited Centers have access to grants and scholarships! There are a variety of opportunities available to you through PATH Intl.

PATH International Kathy C. Wile Memorial Scholarship Fund

The purpose of this fund is to assist PATH Intl. members, who have a need to complete PATH Intl.’s Mentor Training Course in order to expand the number of formally trained mentors available. The scholarship will fund a one-time enrollment in the course. Priority will be given to members from region 1.

PATH Intl.’s Mentor Training Course is not specifically made to help guide a specific certification process. This course is to help give a new mentor the tools they need to help guide a mentee through any certification process. Upon the completion of this course, you will be a PATH Intl. Mentor. If you are looking to supervise a CTRI, this course is not required, but encouraged as it will add to their tool belt to improve the certification experience.

Scholarship recipients must agree to promote this scholarship in order to bring awareness to the importance of skilled mentoring, the therapeutic horsemanship industry, to PATH Intl., and to your center.

Please complete this form if you wish to apply. If you have any questions about this grant, please contact our Education Team at . Thank you and Good Luck!


Application Opens: October 1, 2022

Application Deadline: January 31, 2023

Award Notification: Prior to the June 2023 Mentor Training Course kickoff


International Conference Scholarships

As leaders in the equine-assisted services industry, PATH Intl. is committed to providing our members with opportunities for continuing education and professional development to ensure sustainability within the field. We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships for members to attend the PATH Intl. Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC, Oct 26-28, 2022. Click here for more information >

Pat & Jackie Mullins Scholarship
Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy & Equine-Assisted Learning Scholarship 
The PATH Intl. New Generation Higher Edu. Learning Scholarship 

Those students in higher education can attend PATH Intl. conferences, both national and regional, through the New Generation Higher Ed Scholarship. Teresa Morris, former board president and the 2020 PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award recipient established the fund.

Donate to any of these scholarship funds by clicking below. 

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Disaster Relief Fund

PATH Intl. Centers and Premier Accredited Centers in good standing may apply for disaster relief to help restore equine and human well-being after a disaster.  Approval of financial assistance is based on available funding, the application submitted, and the type of disaster reported.

Requests for disaster relief will be presented to the Disaster Relief Fund Committee for grant consideration.  If the committee approves the request for assistance, a member of the committee will notify the center of the award amount. Then, a PATH Intl. Accounting staff member will facilitate the distribution of funds to the center based on the approved amount.  After funds are received, the center must submit a report for committee review detailing how the funds were utilized.

Please read the entire Disaster Relief Fund Application for complete details on the process and criteria for committee acceptance. You may submit your application and any supplemental documents by email to , Attn: Disaster Relief Fund Committee.


EAS Participant Fund



To assist a participant who would not otherwise financially be able to participate in a therapeutic riding program at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center without financial assistance.


Any PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in good standing with a participant who needs financial assistance is eligible. The EAS Participant Fund grants can fund any kind of equine-assisted services , including hippotherapy, vaulting, driving, equine-assisted psychotherapy, equine-assisted learning, or any other PATH Intl. Center programs. (All mental health concerns will be held in confidence.)


Approximately March 6 of each year, a Request for Proposals (RFP)/EAS Participant Fund Request form will be sent to PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers. The RFP will be published on the PATH Intl. website and any other appropriate printed materials PATH Intl. sends. All proposals are due in the PATH Intl. office no later than May 1. Forms must be typewritten for legibility.

Funds will be awarded June 1. Centers will be notified whether the grant is awarded or not. The grant can cover up to 95% of the fee; however, recipients should pay a portion of the fee appropriate to their financial position, as determined by the center.

After a center is awarded a grant, the center must wait two years before applying for another EAS Participant Fund grant.

To be eligible for further grants, the center must complete a progress report form at the end of the grant year, no later than December 1st. The review panel requests, but does not require, a testimonial from the participant, or from the guardians of the child, who benefited from the grant.


A center will complete the EAS Participant Fund Application form for the desired funds. The center is then responsible for applying the funds to the participant designated by the panel to receive that year’s grant. Awards will be made for up to $1,000 or up to four sessions per year, per rider. If the participant drops out of the program, PATH Intl. is to be informed. There is a $3,000 limit per year for funding.


The fund will be administered by the PATH Intl. Chief Executive Officer who will periodically report on fund management and distributions to the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, donors and PATH Intl. membership. A review panel will be selected, from the Board of Trustees, each year to review the applicants and make recommendations.


Funds will be invested according to the PATH Intl. Investment Policy.


Designated funds will be placed in the EAS Participant Fund. Funds can be merged with another PATH Intl. restricted fund upon a vote of the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and, whenever possible, informing the original fund donor of transfer.


PATH International Equine Services for Heroes®

PATH International & The Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. Reimbursement Program

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce our continued partnership with Wounded Warrior Project®, Inc (WWP). WWP has made a significant grant to PATH Intl. for the purpose of awarding scholarships for equine-assisted services (EAS) to WWP veterans.

PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers (PACs) currently serving post 9/11 veteran participants are encouraged to have them register with WWP. In addition to becoming part of a network that exists to empower and honor its veterans, current Premier Accredited Center participants who register with WWP may be eligible for scholarship reimbursement.


This funding request is solely intended for reimbursement to PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers in good standing who are serving registered wounded warriors. The reimbursement rate is $85/hour session for equine-assisted services (EAS), and $150/hour session for equine-assisted psychotherapy/equine-assisted counseling (EAP/EAC) facilitated by a licensed mental health professional. Each participant’s referral represents approval for reimbursement of up to ten (10) sessions.

The application will remain open until all scholarships have been distributed. Funding is to start within 15 to 30 days of the application being received.




VA Adaptive Sports Program Grants

We are proud to announce that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected PATH International for funding through the Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces.

This funding gives PATH Intl. the ability to provide reimbursements to PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers for equine-assisted services provided to Veterans, as well as equipment reimbursements and some scholarships for certification and education. The following categories of funding will be provided during the October 2022 – September 2023 grant cycle:




Application open August 1st, 2022 through September 12th, 2022. Awards have been made for all direct service funding through the PATH Intl. VA Adaptive Sports Program. Congratulations to the 36 PACs who received a combined total of $144,900 to support their VSM services.




Application Opens: January 2nd, 2023 – January 29th, 2023.
Reimbursement Period: January 1st, 2023 – July 31st, 2023.
Maximum Request Amount: $3,000.

Learn more and APPLY HERE >



PATH Intl. also received a limited amount of funding through the VA Adaptive Sports Program to support VSM who are interested in equine-assisted services education. A portion of this funding will be used to reimburse VSM attendees of the PATH Intl. International Conference off-site preconference day for Veterans programming.




Through the VA Adaptive Sports Program, PATH Intl. will also be offering a limited number of scholarships for VSM seeking PATH Intl. certification. These scholarships will be issued as reimbursement to candidates beginning their certification on or after October 1, 2022.

The certification reimbursement will be issued based on submitted receipts/proof of payment and capped at $500/certification. It may include portfolio/application/test fees, as well as workshop fees to centers. It may NOT include travel, per our restrictions within the grant.

The application is not yet open. However, since it is a reimbursement style grant, you may begin the process, save receipts along the way, and apply when we open it!


Please check this page and the PATH Intl. eNews regularly for updates.


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For more information regarding PATH International funding for Veteran services, contact our Grants Department here.

I was so excited and honored to hear of this awesome news! I cannot put together the words of thanks and appreciation for this honor! As a mother, I am so humbled by this and will never be able to fully express my sincere appreciation.

Deborah Hughes
Mother of an EAS Participant Fund recipient

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