Ohio Soybean Council Foundation scholarship recipients

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients of the OSCF Scholarship Program for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Undergraduate scholarships of $3,000 each were awarded to Mike Hannewald, Andrew Klopfenstein, Derek McCracken and Brent Stammen. The second annual $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland (FLM) Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to a student studying agriculture communications or business, was awarded to Stacie Seger. The annual $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, a scholarship named in honor of a Battelle research scientist who has made tremendous contributions to the soybean industry, was awarded to Stephanie Verhoff.

A $5,000 graduate scholarship was awarded to Brittany Nauth and two $2,500 graduate scholarships were awarded to Dee Marty and Jessica Schwartz.

This is the fifth 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.

“There were many scholarship applicants this year and they were all very impressive students, which made for a tough competition,” said Tom Fontana, OSCF director of programs and development. “We are very pleased with the winners who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines.”

Mike Hannewald of Waterville, Ohio, is majoring in agronomy with a concentration in the area of sustainable plant systems at The Ohio State University (OSU) and will be a junior in the fall of 2012. Mike is active in the OSU College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) as a campus ambassador. He has been very active with the Ohio FFA and also served on the National FFA Officer Nominating Committee. Hannewald plans to pursue an agriculture career — an industry that has become his passion.

Andrew Klopfenstein of Haviland, Ohio, is majoring in agriculture engineering with a concentration of power and machinery at OSU and will be a senior in the fall of 2012.  Andrew has worked for Case New Holland as a hay and forage field-test intern and is returning for a second summer with the company as a hydraulics-lab intern. He is a member of the OSU Quarter Scale Tractor Design Team where he has served as captain and webmaster. Klopfenstein plans to work with farmers to ensure the development of more efficient equipment.

Derek McCracken of Anna, Ohio, is majoring in agriculture and extension education with a teaching specialization at OSU and will be a senior in the fall of 2012. Derek is currently the president of the CFAES Student Council as a liaison between the university and CFAES. He has worked as an intern with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and has studied abroad in Brazil. McCracken has received many distinguished awards from the CFAES including the most outstanding freshman award.

Brent Stammen of Rossburg, Ohio, is majoring in agricultural communications with a concentration in marketing and graphic design at OSU and will be a junior in the fall of 2012. He is currently the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow’s student council representative and is the Ohio FFA State Vice President. Stammen is also involved in numerous community-service projects.

Stacie Seger of Minster, Ohio, is majoring in agricultural communications with a concentration in TV/radio broadcasting and print media at OSU and will be a sophomore in the fall of 2012. She has worked with the Ohio Ag Net as a reporter at the Ohio FFA convention and studied abroad in Ecuador. Seger is also an active member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

Stephanie Verhoff of Columbus Grove, Ohio, is majoring in crop science with a concentration in breeding and genetics at OSU and will be a junior in the fall of 2012. She currently works with an OSU researcher as an undergraduate research assistant in a plant pathology laboratory. She is involved in many activities at OSU including Alpha Zeta, serving as a student ambassador, and Scarlet and Gray Ag Day. Verhoff aspires to work in the agriculture field in the area of plant research.

Dee Marty of Smithville, Ohio, is pursuing a master’s degree in plant pathology at OSU.  She currently is working with scientists at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Marty is concentrating her work in soybean genetics.

Brittany Nauth of Wooster, Ohio, is pursuing a master’s degree in plant pathology at OSU. She is currently a research associate in the OSU Department of Plant Pathology. She is working in the areas of soybean nematodes and oomycetes. Nauth will do research work with soybean DNA to help solve problems that can cause millions of dollars of damage every year to the Ohio soybean crop.

Jessica Schwartz of Farmdale, Ohio, is pursuing a master’s degree in plant pathology at OSU.  She has worked in research labs at Pennsylvania State and OSU, studying plant cellulosic material. She has also interned at a Pioneer Hi-Bred research station in Napolean, Ohio. Schwartz will be pursuing her graduate degree with an emphasis in agrofiltration.

“It was a pleasure to be a part of the scholarship-selection committee and have the opportunity to meet such impressive students,” said David Black, Ohio Soybean Council board member and OSCF scholarship-selection committee member. “We are very proud of the scholarship recipients who will undoubtedly contribute to a successful future for the Ohio soybean industry and Ohio agriculture.”

About OSCF

Established by the Ohio Soybean Council in 2007, the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of the soybean industry with the support of scientific research and education.

About OSC

Headquartered in Worthington, the Ohio Soybean Council is governed by a volunteer farmer board, which directs the Soybean Promotion and Research Program.  The program’s primary goal is to improve soybean profitability by targeting research and development projects through the investment of farmer-contributed funds. www.soyohio.org

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