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.

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 any branch campus).

Ohio HBPA Scholarship – The Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) is comprised of nearly 2,500 owners and trainers who race Thoroughbreds at the three commercial race tracks in Ohio. Since 2016, the Ohio HBPA has partnered with the Ohio FFA Foundation to provide 24 scholarships to Ohio’s FFA members. Each year two $1,000 Ohio HBPA scholarships will be offered to FFA members in each of the FFA’s ten Ohio districts. Additionally, 4 at large $1,000 scholarships will be available to FFA members for a total of 24 $1,000 FFA scholarships. Applicants can be a high school senior or a college freshman and attending any post-secondary institution. 

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. While the 2020 Ohio State Fair was cancelled, please list all involvements up to 2020.

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 2.7 cumulative GPA
– Students that do not provide a valid email will be disqualified

Students must upload a current resume (.pdf file) to complete the application. Resume Guidelines

Below are the three essay questions that every applicant must answer to complete the application:
1. Describe how your involvement in FFA has shaped who you are. (500 word limit)
2. What are your academic goals? Why did you decided to go to college? (500 word limit)
3. How has your involvement in the FFA prepared you to succeed in college? (500 word limit)
**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. (Be sure to include and highlight your FFA participation at the Ohio State Fair. (Please include your plans for this upcoming year).

The 2022 scholarship application will close February 15, 2022.

2021 Scholarship Winners

Ohio State Fair Endowed Scholarship
Katelynn Wallace, A.B. Graham-OHP
Conner Smock, Botkins

Earl F. “Doc” Kantner Scholarship
Cassandra Mavis, Fairview
Raegan Feldner, Shenandoah

HBPA Scholarship
Kyra Davidson, Felicity-Franklin
Grace Etgen, Parkway
Briana Fetters, Zane Trace
Abigail (Abby) Gase, Otsego
Elizabeth Gilson, Triway
Jacob Hawkes, Westfall
Haven Hileman, Portsmouth West-SCCTC
Aubrey Hoying, Anna
Mekenzie Jolliff, Ridgemont
Ellie Kidwell, Tri-Valley
John Kohler, Wapakoneta
Lauren Mellott, Clear Fork
Halle Miller, Norwayne
Logan Phillips, Global Impact STEM Academy
Emma Schluep, Chief Logan
Clay Schoen, Hillsdale
Lahni Stachler, Miami Trace Great Oaks
Madelyn Topp, Botkins
Hannah Watkins, John Glenn
Austin Weekley, Talawanda-Butler Tech
Kristen Whitaker, Blanchester Great Oaks
Jacob Zajkowski, Anthony Wayne-Penta
Amber Zimpfer, Anna
Brandon Zuercher, Cory-Rawson