Scholarships

Participant Scholarships

The Best of the Buckeye program will award up to $10,000 in scholarship opportunities for Best of the Buckeye participants to offset the cost of purchasing, raising and exhibiting a Best of the Buckeye nominated calf. Scholarships will be awarded to less-experienced participants, ages 8-21, with consideration given to the applicant’s financial need. Scholarship applications will be due on January 15, 2017 and scholarship recipients will be notified in February 2017. Recipients will receive their scholarship after the first Best of the Buckeye show in which they exhibit cattle that were nominated in the program.

2016 Participant Scholarship Recipients

The Best of the Buckeye program awarded $500 scholarships to Best of the Buckeye participants to offset the cost of purchasing, raising and exhibiting a Best of the Buckeye nominated calf awarded based on show experience and need. These scholarships were awarded to participants of all ages, whether they’re just looking for a boost to get started or they’re a more experienced showman, but could just use a little help offsetting the cost of a steer or heifer project.

Scholarship Recipients:

Amanda Augustus, Allison Davis, Andrew Flax, Gregory Flax, Hunter Gampp, Hannah Jarvis, Austin Nicholl, Brice Phelps, Abbygail Pitstick, Aaron Post, Lauren Schulte, Alexis Shaw, Taylor Stephen, Abigail Thornton, Jayce Turner, Kendal Widman, Jacob Wiechart, and Emma Yochum.

Academic Scholarships

Best of the Buckeye Academic Scholarship


The Best of the Buckeye program will also offer academic scholarships to youth pursuing a post-high school degree that will be based on academics and extracurricular activities. Eligible Best of the Buckeye participants are high school juniors through 21 years of age as of January 1, 2016. Academic scholarships will be awarded to participants pursuing an Ag related degree and may be awarded to applicants who are entering a non-Ag related field of study (based on the number of applications). All scholarship applicants will also be required to submit an essay along with their scholarship application. The scholarship essay topic will be predetermined and posted on the OCA website. The scholarship deadline will be June 15, 2016 and scholarships will be presented at the Ohio State Fair.

2016 Academic Scholarship Recipients

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Best of the Buckeye program awarded three $1,000 academic scholarships to participants pursuing an agriculture-related post-secondary degree, thanks to the scholarship sponsor Franklin Equipment. Recipients were awarded their scholarships at the Ohio State Fair, prior to the selection of the Overall Grand Champion Market Beef, on August 6, 2016.

Samantha Boeck - Cedarville, OH

Samantha is the 21-year-old daughter of Tim and Mindy Boeck of Cedarville. She is currently a senior at The Ohio State University and plans to receive a degree in Agribusiness & Applied Economics in the spring of 2017.

Hannah Jarvis - Homeworth, OH

Hannah Jarvis is currently attending The Ohio State University where she plans to graduate in the Spring of 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences. Hannah is the 19-year-old daughter of Doug and Patti Jarvis of Columbiana County.

Natalie Wagner - Russellville, OH

Natalie is the 18-year-old daughter of Pete and Janet Wagner from Russellville. She received her Associate’s Degree from Southern State College this past Spring and will continue furthering her education at Wilmington College majoring in Agricultural Education and Extension with a concentration in Animal sciences this fall.