Friends of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) are creating an endowment to recognize the career and life accomplishments of one of its most popular leaders. The Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund will begin offering awards during the
2012-13 academic year.
“Cynthia (Cindy) Anne Hollingshead pursued a career and provided volunteer support for community activities during several decades of profound change,” said past OFBF Executive Vice President and Scholarship Committee Co-chairman C. William Swank.
Many farm and agribusiness leaders remember Hollingshead for her 39 years of service as OFBF executive secretary. She helped the organization transition from one that originally involved farmers and rural residents, to one which includes suburban and urban neighbors.
Residents of Groveport, Ohio knew Hollingshead for her work on the village’s charter committee and zoning board. She helped village government create planned growth strategies that balanced small town quality of life with the opportunities the larger, neighboring Columbus metro areas offered. As a volunteer in the Groveport Presbyterian Church and community organizations, she helped many find ways to match time and talent with programs and projects.
“Many of the skills Cindy developed over her lifetime are now making their way to classrooms, curriculum and academic programs,” said Foundation President and Scholarship Committee Co-chairman Jack Fisher. “The focus of this fund is to assist students who plan to pursue careers focusing on agriculture, volunteerism, community service and association leadership.”
Founded in 1985, The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, public, charitable organization registered in the State of Ohio. Over the past two decades the Foundation has been involved in a variety of programs focusing on agricultural education, environmental and rural economic development. The organization sponsors scholarships and a Community Grantsmanship program. Other development projects completed by the Foundation include the endowment for the C. William Swank Chair for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development and funding for the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at Ohio State University. Read more about the Foundation at www.OFBFoundation.org.