Buckeye Farm News: 2009 – A Year In Review
In 2009, the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation raised $8,000 at its annual silent auction held during the 2008 OFBF annual meeting in Columbus. An additional $32,000 was raised through the annual Foundation Golf Outing. Special honoree recognition was given to Bill Dolan, retired executive director of the Children’s Hunger Alliance at that outing. The money raised by the Foundation was used in funding award grants that helped to develop programs helping smaller, community based groups and support programs and projects focused on agricultural education, ecological and/or economic development.
This past year 11 service groups throughout Ohio received $30,000 from the Foundation in grants. The Foundation also awarded a total of 10 academic scholarships worth $1,000 each in three scholarship programs. The newest offering in 2009 was the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar (OFBFS) award. This award recognized students for their academic efforts, community service and that they have chosen to pursue a career that could enhance the partnership between producers and consumers.
The second scholarship program is the Darwin Bryan Scholarship Program, which honors youth with strong leadership skills. And the third scholarship program, the Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship, awards students who achieve excellence in academics and participate in activities in social and charitable organizations that provide opportunities “to enable, to uplift and to strengthen the lives of young women.”
Grant applications are accepted in December, and academic scholarship applications are accepted in March. More information about the OFB Foundation and its programs is available at ofbfoundation.org or call 614-246-8294.