Ohio Farm Bureau Scholarships

Franklin County Farm Bureau has selected 12 deserving scholarship recipients based on superb academic performance, agricultural involvement and more. 

Elaine Smith – Elaine is second year student at The Ohio State University majoring in visual communication design and minoring in photography and film studies. She is a part of Ohio State’s Photo Enthusiast Society, member of Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars and manager of Varsity Swimming, Diving, and Synchronized Swimming. Elaine is a member of the swim club and will compete at Club Swimming Nationals this year in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Justin Hollick – Justin is finishing his first year at The Ohio State University as a forestry, fisheries, and wildlife major. After nine years, this is his last year in 4-H. He’s now also active in Collegiate 4-H at Ohio State. He’s currently president of the Franklin County Junior Fair Board and is looking forward to his last year helping to plan, organize, and run the fair. Justin is grateful to the Franklin County Farm Bureau for supporting Franklin County youth and his college education.

Katie Smith – Katie Smith is a third year student at The Ohio State University majoring in radiologic sciences and therapy- sonography. She is an Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Scholar, Ohio Stater, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) Ambassador, and Mortar Board member. Outside of school, she is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, Scouts BSA Eagle Scout recipient, president of Crew, and past Country Blazers 4-H member. She now serves as a 4-H advisor. 

Timothy Sullivan – Timothy is a junior at The Ohio State University studying agricultural systems management. He is involved in the Agricultural Systems Management Club and CRU. His family operates a farm in southwestern Franklin County where they share with the public the impact of agriculture in their daily lives and grow corn, soybeans, pumpkins, and sunflowers.

Abby Harshman –  Abby is from Canal Winchester and attends Bowling Green State University majoring in special education. She was an active member in Franklin County 4-H for 12 years. She hopes as a future educator to share her love of 4-H with students and teach them about the importance of agriculture. 

Anna Rose – Anna is a senior at The Ohio State University studying forestry, fishery, and wildlife sciences. She was born and raised in Franklin County. Since a young age, she has been fascinated with the natural world and is hoping to combine her love for research and art to further her exploration in the environmental sciences. She is an honors student currently working on a research project with White-throated Sparrows at the OSU Olentangy Wetlands. She was involved in 4-H as a high schooler in natural resource and poultry projects as well as president of the Serendipity 4-H Club. Anna’s dream is to become a scientific illustrator and ornithologist.

Brad Wisard –  Brad is a graduate from Worthington Kilbourne High School. At WKHS he was co-captain of the track team, student body treasurer, and member of the Student Council and National Honor Society. Brad participated in the Kilbourne Singers senior choir and Acafellas a cappella men’s group. He attends the University of Cincinnati studying mechanical engineering technology.

Conner Johnson – Conner is a 4th-year student at The Ohio State University. He majors in sustainable agriculture as he pursues a combined degree with the Master in Plant Health Management program. In his career, Conner hopes to advance climate-resilient agriculture while working in international rural development through research and Extension

Olivia Gascon – Olivia attends the University of Kentucky majoring in product design. Through her college experience, she has had several opportunities to grow professionally and gain networking skills. After her first year, she worked at The Ohio State University College of Medicine as a student UX research intern. Olivia is also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority where she has learned philanthropic services, and how to be a part of a community nationwide. She strives to use her education and experiences to impact the world around her in any way she can.

Zach Neville –  Zach is a graduate of Olentangy High School where he played baseball for and he was a 4-H member for 9 years. He is attending Hiram College to play baseball and study civil engineering or business.

Christina Rose – Christina is a second year student at The Ohio State University pursuing a degree in environmental engineering within the Engineering Scholars program. In addition to her studies, she is a member of the Astronomy Club and the Society of Woman Engineers. Outside of school, Christina is a horticulture technician at Inniswood Metro Park, a volunteer at a community garden and seeking a private pilots license. Born and raised in Columbus, Christina has spent her whole life connected to the outdoor world and is determined to chase her passions.

Elijah Voorhees – Elijah attended Upper Arlington High School and was active in 4-H serving on the Jr. Fair board. He attends Kent State University studying public health on a pre-med track. 


Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Farm Labor Resources
I appreciate the benefit of having a strong voice in my corner. The extras that are included in membership are wonderful, but I'm a member because of the positive impact to my local and state agricultural communities.
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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