Ohio Soybean Council Foundation announces scholarship opportunities

Deadline for applications is Jan. 17, 2012

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

To ensure the future prosperity of the U.S. soybean industry, it is important that students understand the wide variety of opportunities available in agricultural careers. This scholarship program encourages undergraduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including science and technology, economics, communication, education, business and leadership.

The graduate scholarships are designed to support students who are currently conducting research in the area of bioproducts or biotechnology as it relates to soybeans.

“We need young people to pursue careers in agriculture to fulfill the workforce needs of this growing industry,” said Tom Fontana, director of programs and development, OSCF.  “Some students don’t realize that agriculture and soybeans can offer so many opportunities for their future.”

Undergraduate Scholarships

There are five undergraduate scholarships available, including three general scholarships of $3,000 maximum each that will be awarded to students pursuing an eligible major.

Available to one undergraduate student pursuing agricultural business or communications is the $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe and McClelland Excellence in Communications Scholarship. This scholarship was founded to provide resources to young people with a passion for agricultural and business communication.

Also available to one undergraduate student is a $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named to honor Dr. Vijayendran’s contributions to the soybean industry because of his scientific research of new uses for soybeans and commercialization activities at Battelle.

Undergraduate scholarship applicants must be Ohio residents and enrolled as full-time students at an Ohio college or university. The applicant must have attained at least sophomore status by the fall of 2012 with a grade point average of 3.0 or greater in his or her major field.

Eligible majors include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, bioenergy, biofuels, food science, agricultural communications, agricultural business, agriculture education, and any of the agriculture disciplines or related fields.

Graduate Scholarships

Two scholarships of $5,000 maximum each are available to graduate students who are enrolled as a full-time student at an Ohio college or university and have proof of legal residency in the United States.

Graduate applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, biobased materials, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field with a focus on the development and use of biobased products and materials derived from soybeans.

The deadline for undergraduate and graduate applications is Jan. 17, 2012.

All OSCF scholarships will be competitively awarded with funds paid directly to the educational institution. Scholarships are not renewable, although recipients may reapply.

For more information and to download the scholarship applications, visit the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation at www.soyohio.org/scholarship.

About OSCF

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of the Ohio soybean industry with the support of scientific research and education.


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