Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards scholarships to students

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded scholarships to recipients pursuing further education in an agriculture-related industry.

Scholarships were awarded in amounts between $1,000-$2,200. Recipients receive the award after their first academic term at their listed college or university.

The Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund, established in 2011, assists students who plan to pursue careers focusing on agriculture, community service and association leadership.

Recipients are Brittany Conkey, Defiance County, University of Findlay; Christine Balint, Erie County, Ohio State University; Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, OSU; and Cassidy Corcoran, Ross County, University of Findlay.

The Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund, stablished in 1985, assists students who have been active in the Farm Bureau youth program and/or whose parents are Farm Bureau members.

Recipients are Matthew Klopfenstein, Paulding County, OSU; Sierra Jepsen, Fairfield County, OSU; Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, OSU; Hannah Jarvis, Columbiana County, OSU; and Todd Peterson, Fayette County, OSU.

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar award recognizes students for academic effort, community service and career interests that use agriculture to enhance the partnership between producers and consumers in rural, suburban and/or urban settings.

Recipients are Garrett Stanfield, Adams County, OSU; Clare Sollars, Fayette County, Southern State Community College; Rachel Cline, Jefferson County, Eastern Gateway Community College.

The foundation’s Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program is awarded to applicants who may not be majoring in agriculture directly, but who must explain how their chosen career field will benefit a field related to agriculture or community development, such as food production, scientific research, education/outreach, marketing, policymaking, advocacy, or leadership development.

Recipients are Melanie Fuhrmann, Scioto County, OSU; Brianna Gwirtz, Richland County, OSU; Christine Balint, Erie County, OSU; Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, OSU; and Cassidy Corcoran, Ross County, University of Findlay.

The John C. “Jack” Fisher Scholarship funds come from the contributions made to the Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning. This year’s scholarship recipients are: Christine Balint, Erie County, OSU; Cassidy Corcoran, Ross County, University of Findlay; Matthew Klopfenstein, Paulding County, OSU; Todd Peterson, Fayette County, OSU; Brianna Gwirtz, Richland County, OSU; and Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, OSU.

Dr. Jack Judy Scholarship funds assist students who are in at least their second year of undergraduate study and have been active in the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and/or whose parents are members.

This year’s scholarship recipient is Jacob Wenner, Delaware County, University of Wisconsin. The Ralph Grimshaw Scholarship recipients are Katie Frost, Fayette County, OSU; Morgan Mazey, Wood County, University of Findlay; Kierstyn Wood, Wayne County, OSU-ATI.

The newest scholarship fund was established by the Walter family in memory of former Ohio Farm Bureau Regional Supervisor Kenny Walter. The Kenny Walter Scholarship’s first recipient is Kady Davis, Carroll County, OSU.

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