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2014 Scholarship programs
by Callie Wells
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, The Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Mid-America, United Producers Inc., OABA Educational Trust, Ohio State Fair and several county Farm Bureaus have announced their scholarship offerings for 2014. All scholarship programs assist students in pursuing their education in agricultural-related areas of study and aim to help promote agriculture and agribusiness as a growing field of career opportunities.
There are numerous scholarship opportunities available to college students interested in the pork industry. The Ohio Pork Council will be offering up to $9,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1000 per individual. Applicants may be freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in college who are actively involved in the pork industry. This includes children of swine farm managers, employees and contract growers. The Ohio Pork Council Women will also be offering $500 scholarships to college students in their junior year or higher.
The Ohio Pork Producers Council also is proud to sponsor scholarships for incoming freshmen attending Ohio State ATI. Students entering ATI and pursing a degree in swine production should indicate so on their admission form, scholarships will then be issued accordingly. Additionally, the Northeast Ohio Pork Producers Council also provides sponsorship for scholarships to any student involved in livestock production.
For more than a quarter of a century Farm Credit has provided scholarships to students studying agriculture, finance or an agriculture-related field of study. Each year Farm Credit awards more than $120,000 in scholarships. Farm Credit scholarships provide support for those pursuing careers in agriculture.
Scholarship programs include:
- Farm Credit Scholarship Program: 42 scholarships awarded to those attending college who are also customer-members or children of customer-members.
- University Scholarship Program: Scholarships are provided to ag-related universities throughout Farm Credit’s four state territory of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. Applications can be obtained through the ag department or the campus career center at the universities listed on this website.
- 4-H / FFA Scholarship Program: Scholarships awarded to state FFA and 4-H programs in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
For more information, or to apply for any of these scholarships, download Farm Credit Mid-America scholarship brochure (coming soon).
Ohio Agribusiness Association provides scholarships to students in agribusiness through its Educational Trust and the Greenleaf Agri-Industry Award. Members of the industry were concerned with the noticeable lack of quality people seeking career opportunities in agribusiness. Many were being lured away because of available scholarship assistance in closely related fields. The leaders of OABA felt it needed to aggressively compete for the talents of people by creating a sound and durable scholarship program. Presently, scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000 for a given academic year. Scholarships are awarded for a one year period.
The Ohio State Fair offers scholarships to high school students and recent graduates in an effort to recognize their accomplishments as junior fair exhibitors. Applications for the 2014 scholarships are currently available online now. Completed applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2014
A total of three Ag Credit, ACA scholarships will be given for the 2014-15 school year. Three students currently studying an agricultural curriculum at an accredited four year school or at an accredited two year school will each receive a $2,000 award. To be eligible, the applicant must be an immediate family member (dependent) of a voting stockholder of Ag Credit, ACA with a current loan. At the time of application the student must be attending a post-secondary school majoring in an agriculture related subject. Graduating high school seniors are not eligible to apply. Applications must be postmarked on or before June 30.
A number of county Farm Bureaus are already offering scholarships for local students studying agriculture and related fields. Here are those who have posted scholarship opportunities thus far, along with application deadlines. This list will be updated as scholarships are announced.
- Mahoning County Farm Bureau Scholarship - May 31 deadline
- Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau Scholarship - June 15 deadline
- Miami County Farm Bureau Scholarship - Aug. 4 deadline
- Holmes County Farm Buerau Scholarships - Contact Holmes Education Foundation
Callie Wells is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.