Ohio Soybean Council Foundation announces scholarship winners

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients of the OSCF Scholarship Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Undergraduate scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded to Mike Hannewald, Emily Limes, Shelby Mann and John Schoenhals. The third annual $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland (FLM) Scholarship, awarded to a student in the field of agricultural communications or business, was awarded to Stacie Seger. The annual $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named in honor of a Battelle research scientist who has made tremendous contributions to the soybean industry, was awarded to Stephanie Verhoff.

Two graduate scholarships of $5,000 were awarded to Rhiannon Schneider and Nicholas Callow.

This is the sixth year for the OSCF Scholarship Program, which was created to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in agriculture, as well as to support ongoing graduate-level research. All OSCF scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to full-time students enrolled at an Ohio college or university.

“We received a record number of applications this year and every year the competition gets tougher,” said Tom Fontana, OSCF director of programs and development. “We believe the scholarships are an important part of strengthening the future of Ohio’s soybean industry and we are happy with the winners who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines.”

Mike Hannewald of Waterville, Ohio, is majoring in sustainable plant systems with a concentration in the area of agronomy at The Ohio State University (OSU) and will be a senior in the fall of 2013. Mike is active in the OSU College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) where he serves as a campus ambassador. He completed an internship with Beck’s Hybrids in the summer of 2012 and has been very active in the Ohio FFA where he served on the National FFA Officer Nominating Committee. Mike plans to pursue a career in agriculture, an industry that has become his passion.

Emily Limes of Bowling Green, Ohio, is majoring in agribusiness and applied economics with a concentration in the area of production agriculture at OSU and will be a senior in the fall of 2013. Emily was recently selected as president of the Buckeye Livestock Judging Club and is an active member of Saddle and Sirloin Club and Collegiate Young Farmers. She will be completing an internship in the summer of 2013 with Dow AgroSciences and plans to pursue a career in agriculture which has been rooted in her family traditions for four generations.

Shelby Mann of Jackson Center, Ohio, is majoring in agriculture with a concentration in the area of agronomy at Wilmington College and will be a junior in the fall of 2013. Shelby is currently a member of Aggies, Delta Theta Sigma Lil Sis sorority, Agronomy Club and Collegiate 4-H. Shelby completed an internship with AgriGold Hybrids and worked as a crop scout for Performance Ag, LLC. She plans to work for Beck’s Hybrids as a crop scout in the summer of 2013. Shelby aspires to own a crop consulting business to benefit soybean producers.

John Schoenhals of Archbold, Ohio, is majoring in plant pathology with a concentration in the area of field crops at OSU and will be a senior in the fall of 2013. John remains active at OSU as a member of PHARM club, Collegiate Young Farmers, Alive ministry and attended the Agriculture Future of America Leaders conference in Kansas City, MO. He is currently working in the plant pathology laboratory at OSU and has also secured an internship with AgriGold Hybrids for the summer of 2013.

Stacie Seger of Fort Loramie, Ohio, is majoring in agricultural communications with a concentration in the area of broadcasting and journalism at OSU and will be a junior in the fall of 2013. Stacie is a member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Saddle and Sirloin Club and also represents the OSU CFAES as a campus ambassador. She will intern with Ohio Ag Net this summer and has studied abroad in Ecuador, Ireland and Brazil. Stacie would like to work in a career educating the public and farmers about the soybean industry and the great advances being made.

Stephanie Verhoff of Columbus Grove, Ohio, is majoring in sustainable plant systems with a concentration in agronomy at OSU and will be a senior in the fall of 2013. This summer she will work as an undergraduate research assistant in the department of horticulture and crop science at OSU. She is involved in many activities at OSU including Alpha Zeta, serving as a student ambassador, and Scarlet and Gray Ag Day. Stephanie aspires to work in the agriculture field in the area of plant research.

Rhiannon Schneider of Grafton, Ohio, is pursuing a master’s degree in crop breeding and genetics at OSU. She currently performs research in the soybean breeding and soybean pathology labs. Rhiannon is conducting research to increase soybean yields through the improvement of gene resistance to pests, diseases, and other environmental factors.

Nicholas Callow of Girard, Ohio, is pursuing a doctorate of engineering in chemical engineering at the University of Akron. He is a graduate assistant conducting research to produce low cost enzymes for use in making high-value soy products. The utilization of these enzymes, through the application of cost improving pellet technology, will improve and diversify the soybean industry.

“It is a privilege to be a part of the scholarship selection committee,” said David Black, Ohio Soybean Council board member and soybean farmer from Franklin County. “I have no doubt that the scholarship recipients will continue to contribute to the success of the Ohio soybean industry.”

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