Tony Gasser was a well-known Minnesota Horseman and active in the Minnesota Horse Council. In his will he left money to start a scholarship fund to offer scholarships to students in equine-related fields. This was the beginning of the MHC/Tony Gasser Memorial Scholarships, back in 1984.
In 1991, the Minnesota Horse Council decided that 5% of the total annual profits from the Minnesota Horse Expo should be dedicated to increasing this fund.
Our intent is to grow the fund to the point where interest on the fund's principal pays for that year's scholarships. At that point the fund principle will be sufficient to be a permanent endowment fund.
In recent years, about 20% of the profits from the Minnesota Horse Expo have been given by the Minnesota Horse Council to deserving students in the form of academic scholarships.
Scholarships availability announced; press releases are sent to various horse publications in Minnesota and to most horse related business, organizations and school programs in the state.
Scholarship application forms are due.
Decisions made by the scholarships committee, and winners are notified.
Scholarships are awarded at the Minnesota Horse Council Annual Meeting.