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National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announces Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has initiated the Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship, an annual award recognizing young leaders and volunteers throughout Saratoga County. The scholarship, awarded in a one-time amount of $1,000, will be presented each June to a high school senior from Saratoga County who has demonstrated a record of academic excellence and exemplary service to the community along with a strong interest in pursuing future studies in history and/or the arts.


Mr. Cantacuzene served on the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees for 30 years and contributed to the Museum in numerous capacities. Mr. Cantacuzene, a stalwart supporter of thoroughbred racing and the arts, retired from the Museum Board in 2015.


“Rodion has always believed in public service and has been a strong advocate of the arts and historical studies along with his love for thoroughbred racing,” said Chris Dragone, the Museum’s director. “We are proud to honor Rodion’s many years of dedication to the Museum through this scholarship that will recognize and help foster like-minded individuals.”


High school seniors interested in applying for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship are asked to submit an essay of no more than 500 words detailing their community service and the rewarding aspects of the service. Applicants should also describe how the subjects of art and/or history have influenced their educational pursuits. More details and an application form can be found at under the education section. Questions pertaining to the scholarship should be directed to Karen Wheaton, the Museum’s education curator, at (518) 584-0400 ext. 118.


High school seniors in Saratoga County applying for the Rodion Canatacuzene Scholarship should download the application from the Museum’s website and submit it along with the required essay to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, c/o Karen Wheaton, 191 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 12866, by April 2 for consideration. The materials may also be emailed to The scholarship recipient will be announced June 1.


The mission of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is to interpret the history and convey the excitement of thoroughbred racing in America to the broadest possible audience. The Museum fosters education and understanding of thoroughbred racing by providing public access to equine art, artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, video, books and historical archives. The Museum collects, preserves, researches, interprets and exhibits the entire spectrum of thoroughbred racing, enhanced by interactive displays. Further, the Museum is home to the Official National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, honoring horses, trainers, jockeys and Pillars of the Turf.


Link to Scholarship Application