Each year, the Ohio FFA Foundation recognizes Ohio FFA members who wish to continue their formal education. Through multiple scholarships, the Ohio FFA Foundation and its partners are able to recognize FFA members for their diligence and hard work.
The Ohio FFA Foundation offers multiple different scholarship opportunities with only one application. At the end of the application, you will be asked to check which scholarship(s) you are applying for. If applying for the Ohio State Fair Endowment Scholarship, please be prepared to list in detail your previous participation in the Ohio State Fair.
Earl “Doc” Kantner Scholarship – Dr. Earl “Doc” Kantner is well known for contributing 45 years of leadership to Agricultural Education and Ohio FFA. He served as a teacher, State FFA Executive Secretary and Ohio FFA Foundation and Center director. He and his wife, Onnolee, are also known for their positive influence on the organization. An endowment was established to award a scholarship to Ohio FFA members in honor of Dr. Kantner. Applicants must be a high school senior and planning to attend The Ohio State University (including ATI or any branch campus).
Growing America’s Farmer Scholarship – This scholarship is sponsored through the National FFA Organization and is a scholarship-based program whose goal is to draw young adults into production agriculture. During the month of May, Growing America’s Farmers donates a portion of every sale of G&R Vidalia onions toward FFA scholarships. Mr. Walt Dasher of G&R Farm understands the need for the younger generation to see the value of continuing production agriculture. Applicants for this scholarship must be majoring in production agriculture.
Ohio State Fair Endowment Scholarship – In 2016, the Ohio State Fair Scholarship Endowment Program was formed to provide scholarships to FFA Students who exhibit at the Ohio State Fair and are planning to study an agriculturally-related area of study. If applying for this scholarship, please be prepared to list in detail your participation at the Ohio State Fair including the areas of participation and the year. This includes livestock showing and/or judging, sanctioned 4-H/FFA project judging and participation in the livestock skillathon. Please also include your plans for the upcoming year.
General applicant requirements:
– Must be a current Ohio FFA member
– Must be a current high school senior or college freshman (at the time of application)
– Must major in an agricultural related field of study
– Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA
– Students that do not provide a valid email will be disqualified
Note: New this year, you must upload a current resume to complete the application.
Below are the three essay questions that every applicant must answer to complete the application:
1. Describe how your time in FFA has shaped who you are as a person? (500 word limit)
2. What are your educational goals? Why did you decided to go to college? (500 word limit)
3. From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education? (500 word limit)
**Additional Question ONLY for those applying for the Ohio State Fair Endowment scholarship – List in detail how you have participated at the Ohio State Fair including areas of participation and year. (Please include your plans for this upcoming year).
The 2020 scholarship application will be available November 1, 2019 and will close February 1, 2020.
2020 Scholarship Winners
Ohio State Fair Endowed Scholarship
Austen Nissen, Eastwood
Earl F. “Doc” Kantner Scholarship
Dylan Andolsek, Wellington
Olivia Coppler, Carey
Cory Myers, Shelby
Growing America’s Farmer Scholarship
John Isler, Elgin
Blake Scholl, Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC
Ryanna Tietje, Patrick Henry
Cierra Andrews, Amanda-Clearcreek
Tylar Bailey, A.B. Graham-OHP
Rachel Barrett, Parkway
Rebeccca Bash, Ridgemont
Madison Callahan, Jackson
Carlie Cluxton, Peebles
Tayler Common, Anthony Wayne-Penta
Kyra Davidson, Felicity-Franklin
Regan Draeger, Woodmore
Megan Drake, United
Andrea Esselburn, Triway
Emily French, Peebles
Faith Hagelberger, Minster
Leah Harshman, Parkway
Kyle Hicks, Amanda-Clearcreek
Alicia Knapke, Coldwater
Cori Lee, Marysville
Maggie Miller, Indian Valley
Elizabeth Motter, Crestview Ashland
Clay Schoen, Hillsdale
Bethany Starlin, Chief Logan
Riley Thobe, Anna
Branson Van Fleet, Shenandoah
Brandon Zuercher, Cory-Rawson