Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation offering scholarships – Deadline extended to March 31

Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected in some way to agriculture are invited to apply for a set of scholarships through four programs supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Collectively, these programs will award 12 scholarships in 2016, each featuring a $1,500 award. Please click on the name of each scholarship for additional guidelines and applicant requirements.

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 in rural, suburban and/or urban settings.

The Foundation’s Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program will be awarded to applicants who may not be majoring in agriculture directly, but who must explain how their chosen career field will benefit a field related to agriculture or community development, such as food production, scientific research, education/outreach, marketing, policymaking, advocacy, or leadership development. The program was established by an endowment from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

The Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 in honor of Darwin R. Bryan whose enthusiastic leadership during his 37 years of service to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation organization has been an inspiration to rural youth throughout Ohio. The scholarship fund assists students who have been active in the Farm Bureau youth program and/or whose parents are Farm Bureau members.

The Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 to honor Cynthia Anne (Cindy) Hollingshead, for 39 years of service as executive secretary of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, as well as a lifetime of volunteer commitment to local government and community service activities.

The objective of the Scholarship Fund is to assist students who plan to pursue careers focusing on agriculture, community service and association leadership.

“These scholarships help reduce the burden on the students who will be our future leaders and who will contribute to Ohio’s agriculture industry,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Executive Director Shawn Cleveland.

The deadline for all applications is March 31. Additional requests for applications may be sent via e-mail  or by calling 614-246-8228.