Foundation Scholarships Available
Several college scholarships are available to beef industry youth through the Ohio Cattlemen's Foundation. These scholarships are administered through the Ohio Cattlemen's Foundation in conjunction with the following organizations and individuals. Applications can also be obtained by calling the OCF office at 614-873-6736 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications deadlines are noted next to the scholarship names.
OCA BEST Scholarship – Application deadline - March 20
The BEST program will offer a scholarship program based on academics and extracurricular activities for high school juniors and seniors or older pursuing a post-high school degree. $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded to participants pursuing an Ag related degree and may be awarded to applicants who are entering a non-Ag related field of study (based on the number of applications). All scholarship applicants must submit an essay.
OCA BEST Youth Committee – Application deadline - March 20
The OCA BEST governing committee consists of representatives appointed by the OCA Board of Directors, sanctioned show representatives and three youth representatives. BEST participants are encouraged to apply for one of the youth committee seats. Each youth seat is for a two-year term and will be selected following an interview process held in the spring leading up to the BEST banquet. Each youth committee representative selected will receive a $500 scholarship for serving their term. The terms will be staggered to provide leadership continuity for the BEST program. For 2012 there will be one open youth seat. To apply, please fill out the following application form and return it by March 20 to the OCA office. If you have any questions contact the OCA office at (614) 873-6736.
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Use this application to apply for one or more of the following four OCA Foundation Scholarships.
Steve R. Rauch Inc., Benchmark of Excellence Scholarship –
Application deadline Oct. 31
The Steve R. Rauch Benchmark of Excellence Scholarship sets the "benchmark for excellence" in agriculture. A $5,000 scholarship will be dispersed over three years to one student enrolled in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Students eligible to apply must currently have sophomore standing at OSU and a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). The scholarship recipient will receive $2,000 upon selection this fall. Upon obtaining junior standing and maintaining a 3.0 GPA, a second award of $1,500 will be made. A final award of $1,500 will be made once senior standing is achieved and a 3.0 GPA is maintained. Previous recipients of the scholarship that are seeking their second and third awards must also submit their most recent college transcripts by October 31. Should one or both second and third year recipients not qualify with a 3.0 GPA, an additional first year scholarship of $2,000 will be presented
Tagged for Greatness Scholarship – Application deadline Oct.
Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a college student who is enrolled in an agricultural program or a graduating high school senior who plans to study agriculture at a college or university. This scholarship is made possible by the sale of Ohio's beef specialty license plates. For more information on purchasing beef plates, call the Foundation office at 614-873-6736.
Cattlemen's Country Club Scholarship – Application deadline Oct. 31
Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a college student who is enrolled in an agricultural program or a graduating high school senior who plans to study agriculture at a college or university. This scholarship is made possible by proceeds from the beef putt-putt golf course at the Ohio State Fair.
Ohio CattleWomen Scholarships
Ohio CattleWomen Scholarships – Application deadline Dec. 15
Up to five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to outstanding students entering their college junior or senior year in the state of Ohio (in Autumn 2014). Priority will be given to applicants attending a school in Ohio. Applicants' majors may vary, however, preference will be given to a major in agriculture, specifically relating to beef. Applicants must be maintaining a 2.75 GPA or higher. Call Patti Spengler at 740-472-5313 or visit www.ohiocattlewomen.com for more information.