Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards scholarships

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded scholarships to recipients pursuing further education in an agriculture-related industry. Scholarships were awarded in amounts between $1,000-$2,200. Recipients receive the award after their first academic term at their listed college or university.

Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund: Established in 2011, the objective of the fund is to assist students who plan to pursue careers focusing on agriculture, community service and association leadership. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Brittany Conkey, Defiance County, University of Findlay
  • Christine Balint, Erie County, Ohio State University
  • Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, Ohio State University
  • Cassidy Corcoran, Ross County, University of Findlay

Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund: Established in 1985, it assists students who have been active in the Farm Bureau youth program and/or whose parents are Farm Bureau members. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Matthew Klopfenstein, Paulding County, Ohio State University
  • Sierra Jepsen, Fairfield County, Ohio State University
  • Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, Ohio State University
  • Hannah Jarvis, Columbiana County, Ohio State University
  • Todd Peterson, Fayette County, Ohio State University

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar: The 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. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Garrett Stanfield, Adams County, Ohio State University
  • Clare Sollars, Fayette County, Southern State Community College
  • Rachel Cline, Jefferson County, Eastern Gateway Community College

The foundation’s Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program is 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. This year’s recipients are:

  • Melanie Fuhrmann, Scioto County, Ohio State University
  • Brianna Gwirtz, Richland County, Ohio State University
  • Christine Balint, Erie County, Ohio State University
  • Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, Ohio State University
  • Cassidy Corcoran, Ross County, University of Findlay

The John C. “Jack” Fisher Scholarship funds come from the contributions made to the Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Christine Balint, Erie County, Ohio State University
  • Cassidy Corcoran, Ross County, University of Findlay
  • Matthew Klopfenstein, Paulding County, Ohio State University
  • Todd Peterson, Fayette County, Ohio State University
  • Brianna Gwirtz, Richland County, Ohio State University
  • Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, Ohio State University

Dr. Jack Judy Scholarship funds assist students who are in at least their second year of undergraduate study and have been active in the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and/or whose parents are members. This year’s scholarship recipient is:

  • Jacob Wenner, Delaware County, University of Wisconsin

The Ralph Grimshaw Scholarship is awarded annually by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Katie Frost, Fayette County, Ohio State University
  • Morgan Mazey, Wood County, University of Findlay
  • Kierstyn Wood, Wayne County, Ohio State University-ATI

The newest scholarship fund was established by the Walter family in memory of former Ohio Farm Bureau Regional Supervisor Kenny Walter. The Kenny Walter Scholarship’s first recipient is:

Kady Davis, Carroll County, Ohio State University.

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