Scholarship programs announced

The Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and United Producers Inc. have announced their scholarship offerings for 2012. 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.

Ohio Agricultural Council Scholarship Program

Scholarships are available to high school seniors preparing to enter college or any undergraduate student currently enrolled in college. Applicants or their parent or legal guardian must be a resident of the State of Ohio. The applicant must have declared, or plan to declare, a major in agriculture at any two-year or four-year college or university. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is preferred.

Scholarships are selected based on academic record, leadership qualities, community involvement, references and responses to application essay questions. Applicants will be reviewed and selected by a committee of individuals who are active members of the Ohio Agricultural Council. Scholarship recipients will be asked to attend at least one Ohio Agricultural Council meeting and will be provided a one-year complimentary membership in the Council.

Up to five (5) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Students may obtain an application online. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2012. Please mail the completed application, along with a copy of the applicant’s high school or college transcript, to the Ohio Agricultural Council 5950 Sharon Woods Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43229.

Ohio Soybean Council Scholarship Program

This scholarship program encourages undergraduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including science and technology, economics, communication, education, business and leadership. The graduate scholarships are designed to support students who are currently conducting research in the area of bioproducts or biotechnology as it relates to soybeans.

There are a total of five undergraduate scholarships available, including three general scholarships of up to $3,000 each that will be awarded to students pursuing an eligible major.

Available to one undergraduate student pursuing agricultural business or communications is the $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe and McClelland Excellence in Communications Scholarship. This scholarship was founded to provide resources to young people with a passion for agricultural and business communication.

Also available to one undergraduate student is a $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named to honor Dr. Vijayendran’s contributions to the soybean industry through his scientific research of new uses for soybeans and commercialization activities at Battelle.

Undergraduate scholarship applicants must be Ohio residents and enrolled as full-time students at an Ohio college or university. The applicant must have attained at least sophomore status by the fall of 2012, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in his or her major field. Eligible majors include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, bioenergy, biofuels, food science, agricultural communications, agricultural business, agriculture education, and any of the agriculture disciplines or related fields.

Two scholarships of up to $5,000 each are available to graduate students who are enrolled as a full-time student at an Ohio college or university, and have proof of legal residency in the United States. Graduate applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, biobased materials, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field, and focused on the development and use of biobased products and materials derived from soybeans.

The deadline for undergraduate and graduate applications is January 17, 2012.

All OSCF scholarships will be competitively awarded with funds paid directly to the educational institution. Scholarships are not renewable, although recipients may reapply.

For more information and to download the scholarship applications, visit the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation at

United Producers Scholarship Program  

United Producers Inc. (UPI) is excited to support the future generation of agriculture through its scholarship program.

UPI is offering two $1,000 scholarships in each of its 16 districts to deserving high school and college students pursuing agriculture degrees.

“The future of agriculture depends on those who are currently considering and pursuing a career in this critical industry,” said Dennis Bolling, president and CEO, United Producers Inc. “We want to do all we can to encourage students who have an interest in agribusiness, farming, veterinary medicine or other agriculture-based industries to pursue their careers, and this is our way of helping them do so.” 

Applicants must be a Preferred Member of UPI or a child or grandchild of a Preferred Member, and a 2012 graduating high school senior enrolled in, or a student currently attending, a college or technical school studying an agriculture-related field. Completed applications and essays must be postmarked by April 1, 2012.

The application is available online.

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Scholarship Program

A Feb. 29 deadline is rapidly approaching to submit applications for the Farm Credit Services of Mid-America (FCS) customer scholarship program.FCS, an $18 billion agricultural lending cooperative serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, is offering scholarships to college students enrolled in agricultural and business programs. Forty-six scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $1,500 will be awarded.The scholarships are available to customers, their dependents, and spouses of the ag lending cooperative. Scholarships will be awarded in April based on academic record, leadership qualities and community involvement. The application is available online, or call 1-800-444-3276 to talk to the nearest office about obtaining an application.Farm Credit awards more than $100,000 in scholastic support each year. In addition to the customer program, FCS also offers scholarships to students attending universities with ag colleges as well as 4-H and FFA scholarships. Information on these scholarships can also be found on the association’s website or by calling the universities or the state offices of the 4-H and FFA.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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