The 2019 Joseph Fichter Scholarship will be awarded January 26, 2019 at the 85th Annual Ohio Farmers Union Convention in Lima.
OFU high school seniors should apply now. The deadline for applications is January 18, 2019 at noon.
Entrants in the contest may choose one of two essay themes this year:
The first choice is, “U.S. farm income is down 50 percent over the past five years. What are some ideas to make family farms more profitable – and how can USDA help?”
The second choice is, “I’m a senior in high school. After my education, I’d like to join the ranks of young and beginning farmers in Ohio. These are the issues that may hold me back – and here’s what would help me over come them.”
Any member of the Ohio Farmers Union who is a high school senior may compete for this scholarship. Students who are not members but are sons, daughters or grandchildren of OFU members may apply.
First-place will receive $750 and the runner-up will receive $250 toward their post-secondary education expenses.
For complete instructions and to apply, please visit https://ohfarmersunion.org/2019-essaycontest and follow the instructions.
This is the first year we’ve taken the essay application process completely online, here are a few notes:
- It’s suggested that you write your essay in a Word or other document type, save it and then cut and paste it into the editor at ohfarmersunion.org. In the event there is any issue with the app, you’ll have your essay saved.
- OFU’s website is secure. Entrants records, including name address, email, etc. will be deleted after the OFU convention.
- If there are any issues with the website and application online, please do not hesitate to contact Ron Sylvester with OFU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for online applications is January 18 at noon.