Twelve young Ohioans have been named recipients of $1,500 college scholarships from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Foundation. Supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Foundation 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 2014 are Jordan Bonham of Washington Court House, Molly Cleveland of Green Springs, Andrew Corcoran of Chillicothe, Grant Cory of Frankfort, Maria Dimengo of Cleveland, Karen Hiltbrand of Hamilton, Sierra Jepsen of Amanda, Summer McCracken of Anna, Nall Moonilall of Miami, Fla., Stephanie Neal of Massillon, Sarah Peterson of Sabina and Ashley Wilson of East Liberty.
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar Award
Jepsen, Moonilall and Wilson 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 farmers and consumers. Jepsen is a graduate of Amanda-Clearcreek High School and is studying agribusiness at Ohio State University. Moonilall graduated from Florida International University in Miami, Fla., and is pursuing a master’s degree at Ohio State University in environmental science with emphasis on soil science. Wilson is a graduate of Benjamin Logan High School and plans to study agricultural business at Wilmington College.
Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship
Bonham, Hiltbrand and Neal 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.” Bonham, a Miami Trace High School graduate, is double majoring in agricultural communications and sustainable plant systems with a specialization in agronomy at Ohio State University. Hiltbrand is an Edgewood High School graduate and plans to study agricultural communications and animal sciences at Illinois Central Community College. Neal has a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and master’s degree specializing in dairy science and is pursuing a PhD in comparative veterinary medicine at Ohio State University.
Darwin Bryan Scholarship
Cleveland, Cory and Peterson are winners of the Darwin Bryan Scholarship. 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. Cleveland, a graduate of Old Fort High School, plans to double major in animal science and agronomy at Ohio State University. Cory is an Adena High School graduate and plans to study agricultural systems management at Ohio State University. Peterson is a Miami Trace High School graduate and is a student at Ohio State University majoring in agricultural business and economics.
Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship
Corcoran, Dimengo and McCracken 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 community. Corcoran is a Zane Trace High School graduate and plans to study computer engineering at Ohio State University. Dimengo is finishing a master’s degree in nonprofit organizations at Case Western Reserve University. McCracken graduated from Anna High School and attends Ohio State University, studying agribusiness and agricultural communications.
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.