American Collegiate Horsemen's Association


ACHA recognizes outstanding chapters and students through annual awards during the national convention. The mission of ACHA is promoted through leadership, education and service and we hope to recognize clubs and individual members that exemplify these values. 

Philanthropy Challenge – Chapter Award

Each year the executive committee of ACHA will select a reputable, nationally impactful equine non-profit organization to support as part of the Philanthropy Challenge. Local chapters will fundraise and direct a nominal donation to the selected non-profit by March 1 of each academic year. The chapter that donates the most funds will receive a traveling trophy to signify their commitment to philanthropy. The ACHA Treasury will match this donation up to $500 funds permitting each year.

This year the proceeds from the philanthropy challenge are to benefit the American Youth Horse Council Student Leader of the Year Award.

Submit your philanthropy challenge donation here.

Scrapbook Competition – Chapter Award 

Chapters are encouraged to complete a scrapbook highlighting the previous calendar year’s business and accomplishments. Scrapbooks will be submitted to a national advisor at national convention check-in and judged based on content and presentation. Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded. Scrapbooks will be submitted to a national advisor at check-in at national convention

Learn about the scrapbook competition guidelines here.

Outstanding Student Scholarships – Student Awards

ACHA will recognize one underclassmen (60 hours or less) and one upperclassmen (61-120 hours) at four-year institutions that have shown exemplary achievement in their local ACHA chapter involvement, volunteer and community service activities, academic performance, extracurricular activities, and have received honors and awards. They will also honor one student at a two-year college meeting the same criteria. 

Scholarship applications will be submitted online and require a one-page resume, a two-page essay on how Collegiate Horsemen’s has impacted you, an unofficial transcript and one professional letter of recommendation by March 1

Submit your underclassmen scholarship application here. 

Submit your upperclassmen scholarship application here.

Submit your two-year college scholarship application here.