Arabian Horse Foundation begins Swayze scholarship

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 200 file photo, Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi attend a party at the grand opening of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Arabian Horse Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of late actor and his wife of 34 years, who both owned Arabian horses and competed in shows for several years , Friday Nov. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File) (AP)

November 27, 2009 5:02:30 PM PST
The Arabian Horse Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of late actor Patrick Swayze and his wife, who both owned Arabian horses and competed in shows for several years.

The foundation is the charitable arm of the Denver-based Arabian Horse Association.

Foundation President Larry Kinneer of Dayton, Ohio, said Friday that the scholarship "creates a lasting testimony to their careers in dancing, theater and movies, love of the Arabian breed and contributions over the years to AHA youth programs."

The scholarship will be awarded each spring to a youth involved with Arabian horses who seeks a performing arts career. It was launched with a pledge from Iron Horse Farms in Canton, Georgia.

Swayze died in September of pancreatic cancer at age 57. He is survived by Lisa Niemi, his wife of 34 years.


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