Undergraduate and graduate students for the 2020-21 academic year are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered by the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF).
The scholarship program encourages 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.
“The OSCF scholarship program helps eliminate some of the financial burden for students who are committed to strengthening Ohio’s soybean industry,” says Bill Bateson, an Ohio soybean farmer from Hancock County who serves on the OSCF selection committee. “Our scholarships help students studying careers across the value chain, from agronomists to food scientists to ag educators.”
The OSCF scholarship program has awarded more than $340,000 in scholarships since 2008.
2020-21 undergraduate scholarships
Seven undergraduate scholarships of up to $3,000 each will be awarded.
A $3,000 Robinson W. Joslin Scholarship is available to one undergraduate student. This scholarship was established in memory of Rob Joslin, a soybean farmer and longtime 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 Vijayendran’s contributions to the soybean industry through his scientific research and commercialization activities at Battelle. This scholarship was founded to support students 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.
2020-21 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 U.S. residency.
Applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, bio-based materials, biotechnology, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field, and focused on advancing the soybean industry.
The deadline for undergraduate and graduate applications is Jan. 10.
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 apply, visit the OSCF at soyohio.org/scholarship.