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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards 16 college scholarships

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is awarding $1,500 college scholarships to 16 young Ohioans. Supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the foundation annually recognizes Ohio students for their academic effort, community engagement and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research.

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation offers scholarship programs annually. The next scholarship application period opens Jan. 1, 2017.

Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship:
Recipients are Joy Sizemore of Monroeville, Abigale Fuhrman of Wheelersburg, Sarah Battista of Suffield and Christine Balint of Huron. This scholarship is for students who have chosen a career path that benefits agricultural or community development such as food production, scientific research, education/outreach or leadership development. The program was established by an endowment from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship:
Receiving this scholarship are Grant Cory of Frankfort, Sierra Jepsen of Amanda, Jacob Wenner of Lewis Center and Sarah Finney of Marshallville. This fund was established in 2011 to honor Cynthia Anne (Cindy) Hollingshead for 39 years of service as Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive secretary, as well as a lifetime of volunteer commitment to local government and community service activities. Financial assistance goes to students who are pursuing careers focused on agriculture, community service and association leadership.

Darwin Bryan Scholarship:
Recipients are Jessica Harsh of Radnor, Lindsay Fries of New Carlisle, Cody McClain of Nevada and Josephine Montoney of Lancaster. This fund was established in 1985 in honor of Darwin R. Bryan whose enthusiastic leadership during his 37 years of service to Ohio Farm Bureau has been an inspiration to rural youth throughout Ohio. The fund assists students who have been active in Farm Bureau’s youth program and/or whose parents are Farm Bureau members.

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar Award:
Receiving this award are Abigail Motter of Mansfield, Anna Marie Schmenk of Leipsic, Natalie Miller of Washington Court House and Ella Jackson of DeGraff. This 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.

Founded in 1985, the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, public, charitable organization registered in Ohio. Among its efforts, the foundation endowed the C. William Swank Chair for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development and provided significant funding for the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Both projects are associated with Ohio State University.

More information about the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and its scholarship programs can be found at OFBFoundation.org.

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