Eleven young Ohioans have been named recipients of $1,000 college scholarships from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The Foundation, supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, annually recognizes Ohio students for their academic effort, engagement in their communities and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research.
Scholarship winners for 2012 are Madeline Bauer of Avon Lake, Andrea Black of Orient, Mariah Carey of Mount Gilead, Sandra “Molly” DePue of Hamden, Amy Jo Frost of Bloomingburg, Mara Gordon of Wellington, Sierra Jepsen of Amanda, Sytske Miedema of Circleville, Sarah Peterson of Sabina, Lauren Pigg of Brookville and Aaron Sollars of Washington Court House.
Gordon and Pigg are recipients of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar Award, which recognizes students for academic effort, community service and career interests that use agriculture to enhance the partnership between producers and consumers. Gordon is a graduate of Keystone High School and is studying animal sciences at Ohio State University (OSU). Pigg graduated from Brookville High School and is majoring in agricultural communications at OSU.
Carey, Frost and Miedema were honored by The Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program, which was established by the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee. The Fund is one of the oldest in the nation and supports academic institutions, social service and charitable organizations providing opportunities “to ennoble, to uplift and to strengthen the lives of young women.” Carey graduated from Mount Gilead High School and plans to study animal science and agricultural communications. Frost is a graduate of Miami Trace High School and is studying agricultural and extension education at OSU. Miedema graduated from Circleville High School and plans to attend Ohio State and major in food science and nutrition.
Black, Jepsen, Peterson and Sollars are winners of the Darwin Bryan Scholarships. The program commemorates Darwin R. Bryan, whose enthusiastic leadership during his 37 years of service to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has been an inspiration to rural youth throughout Ohio. Black graduated from Grove City High School and is studying nursing at Capital University. Jepson graduated from Amanda-Clearcreek High School and plans to attend OSU to study agriculture. Peterson, a graduate of Miami Trace High School, plans to major in agricultural business and economics at OSU. Sollars is also a Miami Trace graduate and is an agricultural engineering student at OSU.
Bauer and DePue are the inaugural winners of the Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship. The program was established in memory of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 39-year executive secretary who passed away in 2011. Hollingshead was instrumental in the development of Ohio Farm Bureau’s service to its members and a leader in her home community. Bauer graduated from Avon Lake High School and is studying animal science at Berry College in Georgia. DePue, a Vinton County High School graduate, is an animal sciences student at OSU.
In addition to its scholarship programs, The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation offers Agriculture Action and Awareness Grants to small, community-based service groups throughout Ohio.
Families and individuals wishing to establish their own life gifts to enhance scholarships and service programs have the opportunity to become involved in the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Bequest Society. More information on these and other programs can be found at www.ofbfoundation.org.