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OFB Foundation awards scholarships
Three scholarship programs associated with the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation have collectively selected 10 $1,000 scholarship recipients for the upcoming 2011-12 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 farmers and consumers.
Award recipients include Eric Hoying of Minster and Abby Snyder of Kingston. A 2006 graduate of Anna High School, Hoying is currently studying environmental science and agricultural engineering at Ohio State University. Snyder, a 2007 Zane Trace High School graduate, is pursuing a degree in food sciences at Ohio State. She is a 2008 recipient of Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s Darwin Bryan Scholarship award.
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 Ohio Farm Bureau has been an inspiration to rural youth throughout Ohio.
Recipients for this year include Nicole Carr of Deshler, Michael Hannewald of Waterville, Christa Lierer of Okeana, Lauren Prettyman of New Bloomington and Aaron Sollars of Washington Court House.
A 2011 graduate of Patrick Henry High School, Carr is planning to pursue a degree in biomedical science. Hannewald is a 2010 graduate of Otsego High School and is studying crop sciences at Ohio State. Lierer is a 2008 graduate of Ross High School and is a 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Darwin Bryan Scholarship program. She is double majoring in crop management and agriculture communications at Ohio State. Prettyman is a 2010 graduate of River Valley High School and pursuing a degree is agricultural education at Ohio State. Sollars is a 2011 graduate of Miami Trace High School and will be studying agricultural engineering at Ohio State this fall.
Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program
The Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program was established by the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp 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 Audrey Neal of Tiffin, Stacie Seger of Minster and Rebecca Swope of Salem.
A 2009 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School, Neal is pursuing a degree in agribusiness and applied economics at Ohio State. Seger is a 2011 graduate from Fort Loramie High School and will be starting at Ohio State this fall to pursue a degree in agricultural communications. Swope is a 2011 graduate from United High School. She plans to pursue a degree in education and become a vocational agriculture instructor.