The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 8, 2014

Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship program is driven by a super group of volunteers and families

Hello, Ashtabula County!  What do Justin Butler, Tyler Gruskiewicz, Sarah Herrmann, Jennifer Kapalin, Lisa Kalas, Kurtis Kassay, Jessica Krulic, Bailee Mazzaro, Holly Nye, Katie Peck, Zachary Petro, James Riley and Olivia Ray, and all have in common?
If you guessed they are very bright, talented, and goal oriented young people, you are correct!   Because of these qualities and many more, they were selected to be recipients of a 2014-2015 Agricultural Scholarship Fund Award.
The Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship Fund was founded on April 29, 1952 by a group of local leaders to help promote interest in the study of agriculture, home economics, environmental sciences, and natural resources. Since then, the committee has grown to also additional community scholarships which are open to any student regardless of the college major. This scholarship program is driven by a super group of Ashtabula County volunteers and supported by countless families, agribusiness firms and prior recipients. 
This year, I am very pleased to announce the scholarship committee was able to present a total of $12,000 in scholarship money to thirteen outstanding young people. It was a tough selection process for our committee as we were impressed with all the applications submitted for consideration.    
Ashtabula County, you should be proud of Justin, Tyler, Sarah, Jennifer, Lisa, Kurtis, Jessica, Bailee, Holly, Katie, Zachary, James and Olivia. They are super individuals and a great reflection of all that is good in Ashtabula County. 
To close, I would like to leave you with a quote from Orison Swett Marden who stated “Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him.”
Have a good and safe day!
David Marrison is Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. Mr. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or

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