Students awarded educational grants

From left are Kelly Cole, SOACDF Educational Chair; Frances Grant accepting for her daughter Leah Grant, recipient, Clermont County; and Don Branson, SOACDF Executive Director.
The Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation Board of Trustees met recently in the Endeavour Center at OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio to recognize the recipients of the 2013 – 2014 Educational Excellence Competitive Grant.

The Educational Excellence Grant is a one time grant of up to $7,500 towards tuition, on campus housing, lab fees and books to be used at an accredited institution.

Applicants were scored by a committee on a combination of written essays and personal interviews.

Recipients of the 2013 – 2014 Educational Excellence Grants are Leah Grant, recipient, Clermont County; Shellie Anderson, Highland; Taylor Duncan, Gallia; Faylee Conley, Adams; Emily Turner, Brown; Robyn Simpson, Adams; Laramie Wells, Brown; Cody Myers, Lawrence; Lauren Grimes, Highland; Sarah Peterson, Fayette; James Free, Ross; Drew Cunningham, Scioto; Hannah Patton, Highland; Lauren Colliver, Highland; Amy Clifton, Brown; Kylee Newman, Adams; Evan Herrell, Lawrence; Elizabeth Fisher, Jackson; Kylie Holmes, Clinton; Jessica Keathley, Lawrence.

Applications for the 2014 – 2015 Educational Excellence Competitive Grant will be available at the SOACDF office or Farm Service Agencies in Southern Ohio in late October. For more details, visit us at