Scholarship Program

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Scholarship Program Overview

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) Scholarship Program was created to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in agriculture, as well as to support ongoing graduate-level research. All OSCF scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to full-time students enrolled at an Ohio college or university.

**Please check back in November 2014 to apply for the 2015-2016 OSCF Scholarship Program**

Click here to view the 2014-2015 OSCF scholarship winners

Undergraduate Qualifications:

Undergraduate student applicants must be Ohio residents, enrolled as full-time students at an Ohio college or university, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in his or her major field, and having attained at least sophomore status by the fall of the year of application. Eligible majors include biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioenergy, biofuels, crop science, food science, agricultural communications, agricultural business, bioengineering, chemical engineering or a related field. Applicants must also demonstrate the desire to pursue a career related to the soybean industry and/or agriculture.

Graduate Qualifications:

Two scholarships of up to $5,000 each are available to students who are enrolled as full-time graduate students in an Ohio college or university. Applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, biobased materials, bioengineering, biotechnology, biopolymers or a related field, and focused on advancing the soybean industry. Graduate applicants must have proof of legal residency in the United States.

OSCF scholarship funds will be paid directly to the educational institution and are to be used directly for tuition, fees, lab fees and books. Scholarships are not renewable, although recipients may reapply. Scholarships are awarded competitively based on merit, and on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, creed, age, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, military or veteran status.

For more information, contact Tom Fontana at or Katie Bauer at

Farmer, Lumpe and McClelland Scholarship

Established in 2011, the Farmer, Lumpe and McClelland Excellence in Communications Scholarship was founded to provide resources to young people with a passion for agricultural or business communications.

FLM+ is a strategic marketing and communications company serving clients who specialize in the business of agriculture and the life of rural communities.

Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship

The Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship is designed to encourage students to pursue majors that will lead to future innovations in biobased materials and their commercialization.

Established in 2009, the Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship was named in honor of Dr. Vijayendran’s contributions to the soybean industry, through his scientific research and commercialization activities at Battelle.

As part of a partnership between the Ohio Soybean Council and Battelle, Dr. Vijayendran’s team at Battelle has conducted research that has led to significant discoveries of new industrial uses for soybeans, including soy-based toners, powder coatings,polyols and plasticizers, all of which have been licensed and are in the process of being commercialized.

In 2009, Battelle contributed $50,000 toward building an endowment in support of this scholarship. This amount was matched by OSCF.