Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards scholarships for 2010-11

Three scholarship programs associated with the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) have collectively selected ten $1,000 scholarship recipients for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year.

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar award recognizes students for academic effort, community service and career interests that use agriculture to enhance the partnership between producers and consumers.

Award recipients include Lindsey Grimes of Hillsboro and Lauren Prettyman of New Bloomington.

A 2009 graduate of Hillsboro High School and currently attending The Ohio State University, Grimes is studying to be a certified animal embryo technician. Prettyman is a graduating senior from River Valley High School planning to pursue a degree in agricultural education at The Ohio State University.

Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program

The Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program was established by the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund (Fund), Fifth Third Bank, Trustee. The Fund is one of the oldest in the nation, and supports academic institutions, social service and charitable organizations providing opportunities “to ennoble, to uplift and to strengthen the lives of young women.”

Recipients for this year include Alissa Armstrong of South Charleston, Madeline Bauer of Avon Lake and Lea Woodward of Dorset.

A 2009 graduate of Southeastern High School, Armstrong is pursuing a degree in communications and journalism at Wittenberg University. She also received the Foundation’s Darwin Bryan Scholarship Award in 2009.

Bauer is a 2009 graduate from Avon Lake High School. She is currently an animal science major at Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia. Madeline plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

Woodward is a 2004 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and completed undergraduate work at Thiel College, in Greenville, Pennsylvania. She is currently a graduate student in environmental science and sustainability at Indiana University.

Darwin Bryan Scholarship Program

The Darwin Bryan Scholarship Program was established to commemorate Darwin R. Bryan, whose enthusiastic leadership during his 37 years of service to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has been an inspiration to rural youth throughout Ohio.

Recipients for this year include Grace Bluck of Clarksburg, Sarah Butterfield of Oxford, Gregg Janos of Oxford, Emily Kruger of West Salem and Lauren Schwab of Somerville.

A 2009 graduate of Adena High School, Bluck is pursuing a degree in agronomy from Wilmington College and planning a career in agribusiness. This is Bluck’s second year as a Darwin Bryan Scholarship program recipient.

College studies at Ohio State University combined with an internship with John Deere and work with United Way have sparked Butterfield’s interest in a career in agribusiness and service work. She is a 2007 graduate of Talawanda High School, and is receiving the Darwin Bryan Scholarship for the second year.

Janos is a 2007 graduate from Talawanda High School pursuing a degree in wildlife management from Eastern Kentucky University. His career plans include working in environmental evaluation and research.

Kruger is a 2008 graduate of Northwestern High School and a student in Agriculture Communications, with interests in animal science and psychology at Ohio State University. Kruger plans to pursue a career in journalism and agricultural communications.

Schwab is a 2007 graduate of Talawanda High School, and is a student in broadcast journalism and women’s studies at Miami University. She plans on seeking a career in agricultural communications and education.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 public, charitable organization, supporting programs in agricultural education, environmental and community development. The Foundation is a supporting organization of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Along with its scholarship programs, the Foundation offers Agriculture Action and Awareness Grants to small, community-based service groups throughout Ohio.

Families and individuals wishing to establish their own life gifts to enhance scholarships and service programs have the opportunity to become involved in the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Bequest Society. More information on these and other programs can be found at www.ofbfoundation.org.

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