Ohio Soybean Council Foundation Awards $36,000 in Scholarships

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients for the 2015-2016 academic year.

This is the eighth year for the OSCF Scholarship Program, which was created to encourage undergraduate students to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including agriculture, business, communication, economics, education, science and technology, as well as to support ongoing graduate-level research.

Undergraduate scholarships of $3,000 each were awarded to Jordan Bonham, Matt Klopfenstein, Summer McCracken, Jarret O’Neill, Emily Ratliff and Leah Schwinn. The annual Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland (FLM) Scholarship, awarded to students in the field of agriculture communications or business, was awarded to Meghan Bennett and Julianna Simon ($1,500 each). The annual $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named in honor of a Battelle research scientist who has made tremendous contributions to the soybean industry, was awarded to Nathan Hager.

Two graduate scholarships of $5,000 were awarded to Ellie Walsh and Peipei Tang.

“Congratulations to the 2015-2016 OSCF scholarship recipients,” said Gretchen Mossbarger, OSC board member, soybean farmer from Ross County and scholarship selection committee member. “The program grows every year and the committee was extremely impressed with the amount of quality applications we received.”

Graduate Winners:

Peipei Tang of Columbus, Ohio is pursuing a Ph.D. in food chemistry at The Ohio State University (OSU). His research focuses on incorporating soybean isoflavones into human diets, such as eggs. Soybean isoflavones can be transferred into and accumulated into egg yolks through the use of soy-based poultry diets.

Ellie Walsh of Shreve, Ohio is pursuing a Ph.D. in plant pathology at OSU. Her current research aims to alleviate the effects of organisms that have a negative impact on soybeans. She is focusing specifically on the interactions between soybean cyst nematodes and their host.

For a complete list of undergraduate winners CLICK HERE

About OSCF
Established by the Ohio Soybean Council in 2007, the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of the soybean industry through the support of scientific research and education. www.soyohio.org/scholarship

About OSC
Headquartered in Worthington, the Ohio Soybean Council is governed by a volunteer farmer board, which directs the Soybean Promotion and Research Program. The program’s primary goal is to improve soybean profitability by targeting research and development, education and promotion projects through the investment of farmer-contributed funds (checkoff). www.soyohio.org

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