The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is offering $36,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. The scholarship program is aimed at encouraging undergraduate and graduate students to consider opportunities available in agricultural careers, the foundation said. Funding will be provided for Ohio students who pursue degrees in fields that support the industry, including business, communication, economics, education, engineering, science and technology. "In order to fulfill the workforce needs of agriculture in the 21st Century, we need to engage the best and brightest in all fields from engineering and chemistry to agronomy and economics," Amy Sigg Davis, OSCF scholarship selection committee member and soybean farmer from Warren County, said. There are eight undergraduate scholarships available, including six general scholarships of up to $3,000 each, the foundation said. One undergraduate student pursuing a degree related to science, technology or soybean research will receive the $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship and another studying agricultural business or communications will receive the $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe and McClelland Excellence in Communications Scholarship. Two scholarships of up to $5,000 each are available to graduate students who are enrolled at an Ohio university and conducting research in bioproducts, biobased materials, biotechnology, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field, and focused on advancing the soybean industry. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is Jan. 15, 2016.
Link to scholarship applications.