By: 1808Delaware Staff; Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
When recipients of the Ohio Farm Bureau’s several scholarships were announced recently, Delaware County students were very well represented.
One local student, Sarah Lehner, received a total of four scholarships. She and her family operate Dee Lehner Farms in Delaware.
Over $57,000 in scholarships were awarded in various categories that recognize academic effort, community engagement, and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education, or scientific research, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.
Delaware County grant recipients included:
Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship: Sarah Lehner and Kendall Sestilli. This fund honors Cynthia Anne (Cindy) Hollingshead for her 39 years of service as Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive secretary, as well as a lifetime of volunteer commitment to local government and community service activities. Financial assistance goes to students who are pursuing careers focused on agriculture, community service and association leadership.
Darwin Bryan Scholarship: Caleb Durheim and Sarah Lehner. This fund was established in 1985 in honor of Darwin R. Bryan whose enthusiastic leadership during his 37 years of service to Ohio Farm Bureau has been an inspiration to rural youth throughout Ohio. The fund assists students who have been active in Farm Bureau’s youth program and/or whose parents are Farm Bureau members.
Jack Fisher Scholarship: Caleb Durheim and Sarah Lehner. This fund is named after John C. “Jack” Fisher, who served as Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president for 20 years. His vision for this scholarship is to enable people to acquire the necessary tools for a more fulfilling life.
Women’s Leadership in Agriculature Scholarship: Sarah Lehner. This scholarship is for students who have chosen a career path that benefits agricultural or community development such as food production, scientific research, education/outreach or leadership development. The program was established by an endowment from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.