Raymond Vere Nicoll was a young man who loved polo and whose life was suddenly cut short by a terrible car accident. In 1975, friends and family of Raymond established a fund in his honor to provide a means for others to enjoy the polo while at the University of Virginia.
The Nicoll Fund can be used as financial aid for needy members of Virginia Polo, for fixed capital improvements to the polo facility with credit going to the Fund, and as a means of keeping the membership dues for all to a minimum. However, the primary purpose of the Fund is to provide financial assistance to individual polo club members. The Nicoll Fund is available to students who are academically qualified, demonstrate an ability and interest in polo, and whose character and industry are proven. Decisions regarding financial assistance are made on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Directors of the Raymond Bruce Vere Nicoll Scholarship Fund.
Raymond Bruce Vere Nicoll Scholarship Fund
Vere Nicoll Scholarship Application
Past Vere Nicoll Scholarship Recipients
Forbes Beginner Polo Scholarship
After becoming passionate about horses and riding while in Charlottesville, but with no equestrian experience whatsoever, David Forbes decided to get serious about polo the summer before his fourth year. During that summer, David worked three days a week as a stable-hand/groom while also interning at a law firm. At the barn, David worked hard and learned a lot about horses, their care, and running a spotless barn. With a used pair of boots and a polo helmet given to him, David joined Virginia Polo and made the Junior Varsity team his fourth year. Polo was the most exciting sport he had ever played, and his year revolved around it. David made very good friends and truly appreciated the experience offered to him by Virginia Polo and the Alumni that support it. It truly changed his life, and he would like to help other students enjoy the same experience.
The Forbes Beginner Polo Scholarship was created to assist students who are new to polo and have financial need.
Forbes Scholarship Application
Forbes Scholarship Recipients
Henry Bonner, 2011-12
Katie Becker, 2010-11
Savannah Barry, 2009-10