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FHBPA Scholarship Recipient Announcement

Each year The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association offers the opportunity to qualified, Florida licensed backstretch employees and/or their direct dependents to apply to its scholarship program. We are proud to announce 2020’s scholarship recipients:

Christopher Catanese – son of trainer, Joseph Catanese is entering his sophomore year at the University of South Florida (Tampa). Christopher aspires to be an athletic trainer for a professional sports organization. Christopher will be awarded a $4,000.00 scholarship.

Marbella Martinez – daughter of groom, Esdras Martinez, will be entering her junior year at Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale). She is an Oceanography Major. Her goal is to be a chemical oceanographer and work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Marbella will be awarded a $4,000.00 scholarship.

Ashley Yodice – will be entering her senior year, is a Psychology Major also at Nova University. Her goal is to receive a PhD. In clinical psychology, doing behavioral research.  While in school, Ashley is currently a Jockey Assistant for Eddie Plesa. Ashley will be awarded a $4,000.00 scholarship.

Patricia Henriques – is married to Hubert Brooks, assistant trainer for Kathleen O’Connell.  Patricia is a student at Hebron Technical Institute, enrolled in the Licensed Registered Nursing program.  Patricia will be awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship.

Greysi Isabel Teruel – is a hot walker for Juan Arriaga and formerly worked for Eddie Plesa. She is from Honduras and is studying to become a dialysis technician. She also received a letter of recommendation from Mark Abramson. Greysi was awarded a $2,000.00 to be applied to her account at the Active Health Institute.

On behalf of The FHBPA we like to wish them the best and we look forward to seeing them grow in their field of interest.