The Best of the Buckeye program will offer 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 and scholarship recipients will be notified in February. Recipients will receive their scholarship after the first Best of the Buckeye show in which they exhibit cattle that were nominated in the program.
The 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. 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 and scholarships will be presented at the Ohio State Fair.