Soybean Council scholarships available

Staff report

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) has announced scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2017-18 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.

“In order to ensure the future prosperity of the U.S. soybean industry, it is important that students understand the wide variety of opportunities available in agricultural careers,” said Bill Bateson, OSCF scholarship selection committee member and soybean farmer from Hancock County. “The agriculture workforce hires the best of the best and we want to support those who have an interest in starting careers in agriculture after graduation.”

Nine undergraduate scholarships are available, including seven general scholarships of up to $3,000 each to be awarded to students pursuing an eligible major.

One undergraduate student will receive the $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, founded to support those pursuing a degree related to science, technology or soybean research. One undergraduate student pursuing agricultural business or communications will be the recipient of a $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe and McClelland Excellence in Communications Scholarship, founded to provide resources to young people with a passion for agricultural and business communication.

Undergraduate scholarship applicants must be Ohio residents and enrolled as full-time students at an Ohio college or university. The applicant must have attained at least sophomore status by fall 2017, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

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.

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 focused on advancing the soybean industry.

The deadline for undergraduate and graduate applications is Jan. 13, 2017.

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

Since 2008, the OSCF scholarship program has awarded $266,000 in scholarship funds to 65 students studying agriculture or a related field at Ohio colleges or universities.

Staff report