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, the committee is pleased to announce a total of $18,500 in scholarship money will be awarded to 20 outstanding young people for the 2019-20 school year. This is largest amount of students awarded in the history of the scholarship fund! It was a tough selection process for our committee as we were impressed with all the applications submitted. The scholarship recipients chosen were:

• KattieJo Hass, daughter of Theresa and Scott Hass of Conneaut, is the recipient of a $1,000 Ashtabula County Holstein Club Scholarship. KattieJo is a 2019 graduate of Conneaut High School and will be attending The Ohio State University-ATI next fall, majoring in biochemical sciences with a specialization in pre-vet.

• Mason Mazzaro, son of Thomas and Charity Mazzaro of Williamsfield, is also a recipient of a $1,000 Ashtabula County Holstein Club Scholarship. Mason is a 2019 graduate from Pymatuning Valley High School and will be attending Ohio State University majoring in agribusiness and applied economics next fall.

• Sydney Millard, daughter of Lynne and Scott Millard of Pierpont, is also the recipient of a $1,000 Ashtabula County Holstein Club Scholarship. Sydney is a 2017 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and is currently attending the Ohio State University majoring in finance.

• Cheyenne Kase, daughter of Suzette Bryner and David Kase of Jefferson, is the recipient of the $1,000 Lester C. Marrison Memorial Scholarship. Cheyenne is a 2019 graduate of Jefferson High School and will be attending The Ohio State University-ATI in the fall, majoring in animal science.

• Jenna Swiger, daughter of Julie and Jeremy Swiger of Pierpont, is the recipient of a $1,000 Service-Jerome Scholarship. Jenna is a 2019 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and will be attending The Ohio State University at Newark next fall majoring in animal science.

• Kate Cole, daughter of Joe and Deana Cole of Dorset, is the recipient of a $500 Lautanen Family 4-H Scholarship. Kate is 2019 a graduate of Cole Academy and will be attending Southern Wesleyan University next fall taking part in their gap year program.

• Katherine Eldred, daughter of Rosemarie and Myron Eldred of Kingsville, is a recipient of a $1,000 Centerra Co-op Scholarship. Katie is a 2019 graduate of Edgewood High School and will be attending The Ohio State University at Marion next fall majoring in phycology.

• Allison Magyar, daughter of Jeff and Mary Magyar of Orwell, is also a recipient of a $1,000 Centerra Co-op Scholarship. Allison is 2017 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and is currently attending The Ohio State University majoring in animal science.

• Preston Gibbons, son of Michelle and Gene Gibbons of Orwell, is a recipient of the $1,000 Allan C. Jerome Scholarship. Preston is a 2019 graduate of Grand Valley High School and is currently attending Edinboro University majoring in environmental biology.

• Sara Hubbard, daughter of Danny Hubbard and Jeanette Easton of Jefferson, is a recipient of the $1,000 Prochko Family Memorial Scholarship. Sara is a 2019 graduate from Jefferson High School and will be attending Kent State University at Ashtabula majoring in veterinary technology next fall.

• Katie Peck, daughter of Jim and Jackie Peck of Austinburg, is the recipient of the $1,000 Harold and Dick Springer Memorial Scholarship. Katie is a 2015 graduate of Geneva High School and is currently attending Heidelberg University in the Arts of school counseling master’s degree program.

• Tracia Bailey, daughter of Davina and Ron Bailey of Jefferson, is the recipient of the $1,000 Christopher L. Zaebst Memorial Scholarship. Tracia is a 2018 graduate of Jefferson Area High School and is attending Kent State University at Ashtabula majoring in nursing.

• Lacy Rain Moore, daughter of Rick and Greta Moore of Andover, is the recipient of the $1,000 Christopher L. Zaebst Memorial Scholarship. Lacy is a 2018 graduate from Pymatuning Valley High School and is attending Youngstown State University majoring in teaching/journalism.

• Katie Stokes, daughter of Kenny and Tammy Stokes of Jefferson, is the recipient of the $1,000 Christopher L. Zaebst Memorial Scholarship. Katie is a 2017 graduate from Pymatuning Valley High School and is currently attending The Ohio State University majoring in community leadership with extension education.

• Teresa Polchin, daughter of Tony Polchin and Shannon Kidwell, is the recipient of the $1,000 Sanborn Family Scholarship. Teresa is a 2018 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School and is currently attending Youngstown State University majoring in respiratory therapy.

• Jonathan Soltis, son of Nathan and Rebecca Soltis, is the recipient of the $1,000 Kellogg Memorial Scholarship. Jonathan is a 2019 graduate of Grand Valley High School and is attending The Ohio State University-ATI majoring in agronomy this fall.

• Kyle Peck, son of Jackie and Jim Peck, is the recipient of a $1,000 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. Kyle is a 2017 graduate of Geneva High School and is currently attending Gannon University majoring in economics and political science.

• David Riley, son of Ron and Wendy Riley of Williamsfield, is also a recipient of a $1,000 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. David is a 2018 graduate from Pymatuning Valley High School and is currently attending Kent State University majoring in biology and pre-veterinary medicine.

• Emma Lamont, daughter of Brian Lamont of Conneaut, is also the recipient of a $1,000 Ashtabula County Ag Scholarship. Emma is a 2019 graduate of Conneaut High School and will be attending Bowling Green State University majoring in secondary education: family and consumer sciences.

 

ANDREW HOLDEN is an extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, Ohio State University Extension. He can be reached at 440-576-9008 or Holden.155@osu.edu.