Local students receive scholarships


COLUMBUS – Each year, the Ohio Agricultural Council offers up to three $1,500 scholarships annually to Ohio high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in agriculture and up to three (3) $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate college students from Ohio who are currently pursuing a degree in agriculture.

Local students receiving scholarships are:

• Laura Wuebker is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University where she is pursuing a dual major in agricultural communications and agribusiness. She grew up on her family’s diversified livestock and grain operation in Versailles, Ohio. Through being involved in FFA, 4-H, and working as a farm broadcaster for WTGR Radio Station and the Ohio Ag Net, Laura developed a passion and love for the agriculture industry. Upon graduation, she plans to obtain a job in the agriculture communications or public policy sector to help share and advocate for the story of agriculture.

• Joseph Bruns is a recent graduate of Anna High School and will be an incoming freshman at The Ohio State University ATI where he plans to major in animal science and agribusiness and economics. The son of Ron and Margie Bruns, he grew up on their family farm and developed a love for raising swine and beef cattle. During high school he worked for a local butcher shop which ignited a passion for the meat processing industry. His plan after college is to work in the animal and meat processing industry and eventually own his own abattoir or butcher shop.

Scholarships are selected based on academic record, leadership qualities, community involvement and responses to application essay questions. Scholarship recipients are also provided a one-year complimentary student membership in OAC.

Scholarship applications for the 2024-25 school year will be available at www.OhioAgCouncil.org in fall 2024. Completed applications must be returned to the Ohio Agricultural Council by Feb. 15, 2024.

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