OAGC Foundation Scholarships are awarded to students who plan to attend a college or technical school in the state of Ohio and follow courses in the fields of horticulture, conservation, nature and beautification, landscape design, landscape contracting, commercial florist or floral arts.
For 2021, three of the four named scholarships were awarded as well as three additional Trustee Scholarships. There were no applications for students planning to attend the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute resulting in the Dr. Gary Anderson ATI Scholarship not being awarded.
Sara McElroy is the recipient of the Naomi Shepard Incoming Freshman Scholarship. Sara plans to attend Cedarville University, working toward a degree in Environmental Science specializing in marine conservation. Sara’s hometown is Whipple OH, Region 11.
The Doris Schuster Memorial Horticulture Scholarship recipient is Jacob King of Huntsville OH, Region 2. Jacob will attend The Ohio State University, majoring in Horticulture with a goal to improve the productivity of plant food varieties.
Hannah Watson is attending Heidelberg University, majoring in Environmental Science and Biology. She will receive the Dottie Bates Memorial Upperclassman Scholarship. Hannah, who hales from Wooster OH (Region 14), chose Heidelberg for its National Water Quality Treatment Center and hopes to study Lake Erie algae bloom.
Trustee Scholarships are awarded when the funds are available and the need is there. Mattie Butler, Mount Vernon (Region 7), will attend Wilmington College pursing a degree in Environmental Science. Ryan Motzko will attend Miami University, working toward a degree in Botany. West Liberty OH (Region 5) is Ryan’s hometown. And Autumn Pisarsky is attending Cedarville University studying Environment Science. Autumn heard about OAGC Foundation Scholarships as a result of a chance meeting with an OAGC member on a hiking trail. Her hometown is Findlay OH (Region 2).
The OAGC Foundation is proud to help these student pursue their educational goals. Please share the Foundation’s mission with college bound students you might know.” Submitted by Babs Sabick’s