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Ohio Soybean Council Foundation offers $44,000 in scholarships

• Nov 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) has scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The scholarship program encourages undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including agriculture, business, communication, economics, education, engineering, science and technology.

“From building better beans to developing new soy-based products, the students who receive our scholarships are working to improve and promote the soybean industry,” said Jeff Magyar, an Ohio soybean farmer from Ashtabula County who serves on the OSCF selection committee. “That’s why the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is proud to support them and their effort to enhance agriculture.” The OSCF scholarship program has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships since 2008.

2019-2020 Undergraduate Scholarships

Six undergraduate scholarships of up to $3,000 each will be awarded. In addition, one $3,000 FLM Harvest Excellence in Communications Scholarship, which was founded to provide resources to young people with a passion for agricultural and business communication, will be awarded.

Also available to one undergraduate student is a $3,000 Robinson W. Joslin Scholarship, which was established in memory of Rob Joslin, a soybean farmer and long-time leader in the soybean industry, to recognize a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership potential.

Lastly, one undergraduate student is eligible for a $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named to honor Dr. Vijayendran’s contributions to the soybean industry through his scientific research and commercialization activities at Battelle. This scholarship was founded to support those pursuing a degree related to science, technology or soybean research.

Eligible majors include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, chemistry, engineering, biotechnology, bioenergy, biofuels, food science, crop science, environmental science, agricultural communications, agricultural business, agricultural education or any of the agricultural disciplines or related fields.

2019-2020 Graduate Scholarships

Three scholarships of up to $5,000 each are available to graduate students who are enrolled as a full-time student at an Ohio college or university and have proof of legal residency in the United States.

Applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, biobased materials, biotechnology, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field, and must be focused on advancing the soybean industry.

The deadline for undergraduate and graduate applications is January 11, 2019.

All OSCF scholarships will be competitively awarded with funds paid directly to the educational institution. Scholarships are not renewable, although recipients may reapply. For more information and to download the scholarship applications, visit the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation at www.soyohio.org/scholarship.

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