Churchill Downs to Give Away $10,000 in College Scholarships on Friday

Nov 11, 2010 Roxanne Tanner

Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association will host their annual “College Scholarship Day” at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby on Friday, Nov. 12. A total of $10,000 in college scholarships will be given away that day to randomly drawn students between live races.

Also, all full-time college, university or trade school students will receive free general admission to Churchill Downs with a valid student identification card. The first 500 students through the turnstiles, which open at 11:30 a.m. ET, will be given a free Churchill Downs’ College Scholarships Day “Make It Rain” t-shirt, courtesy of Gray’s College Bookstore.

Once through admission gates, students will be directed to a registration tent near the saddling paddock to enter the prize drawings. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded after each of the 10 live races. Any full-time student whose name is fortunate to be drawn must be present to win, and there is a limit of one scholarship per student.

The first of 10 live races Friday is 12:40 p.m. ET

“College Scholarship Day” coincides with the Fall Meet’s first of three “Dress to Impress” Friday Happy Hours events. Friday Happy Hours will feature food and drink specials, including $2 Budweiser Select and $2 hot dogs, between 3-5 p.m. There also will be live music performed by Eight Inch Elvis in the paddock area.

Churchill Downs’ 121st Fall Meet, featuring world-class horse racing, continues its 21-day run through Sunday, Nov. 28.

General admission is $3, but only $1 for senior citizens and members of the track’s free-to-join Twin Spires Club. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free in the Longfield Avenue lot (Gates 10 & 12) and $3 in all other lots. Valet parking is $5.

For more information or to reserve seats, call (502) 636-4400 or visit or

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