Scholarship Division Sponsored by Ohio CAT & Ohio Ag Equipment

Participant Scholarships

Best of the Buckeye Participant Scholarship

The Best of the Buckeye program will award up to $15,000 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, 2018 and scholarship recipients will be notified in February 2018. Recipients will receive their scholarship after the first Best of the Buckeye show in which they exhibit cattle that were nominated in the program.

2017 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:

Pictured Left to Right: Linda Meier, representing Ohio Cat • Hannah French, Wakeman, Ohio • Paige Gehret, Yorkshire, Ohio • Madelynn Baney, Navarre, Ohio • Blake Herdman, Hillsboro, Ohio • Tait Dusseau, Graytown, Ohio • Bailey Dusseau, Graytown, Ohio • Kinley Kreis, Adamsville, Ohio • Madison King, Bellefontaine, Ohio • Issac Gehret, Yorkshire, Ohio • Kady Davis, Carrollton, Ohio • Kyle Piscione, Burbank, Ohio • Drew Browning, Zanesville, Ohio • Morgan Gillespie, Hamilton, Ohio • Chad Wiseman, representing Ohio Ag Equipment.

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, 2018. 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, 2018 and scholarships will be presented at the Ohio State Fair.

2017 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 Ohio CAT & Ohio Ag Equipment. Recipients were awarded their scholarships at the Ohio State Fair, prior to the selection of the Overall Grand Champion Market Animal, on August 5, 2017.

Pictured Left to Right: Todd Pugh, Chairman-Best of the Buckeye Committee • Linda Meier, representing Ohio CAT • Kinley Kreis • Jordan Johnson • Kady Davis • Mark Hara, Vice-Chairman-Best of the Buckeye Committee.

Kady Davis - Carrollton, OH

Kady is the 19-year-old daughter of Todd & Kim Davis of Carroll County. She is currently a sophormore at The Ohio State University and plans to receive a degree in Animal Sciences in the spring of 2020.

Jordan Johnson - Gallipolis, OH

Jordan is a 2017 graduate from Gallipolis High School and will be attending Ohio State, main campus this fall majoring in Agricultural Communcation. He is the 18-year-old son of Stoney & Amy Johnson of Gallia County. 

Kinley Kreis - Adamsville, OH

Kinley is the 19-year-old daughter of Ron & Tonya Kreis from Muskingum County. She graduated from Tri-Valley High School in 2017 and will be attending the University of Findlay this fall majoring in Animal Science & Biology.