Youth Scholarship Program

Your 2024 scholarship winners:

Aubrianna Morsie

Blanchester, OH

Club: Clinton County Beekeepers

Mentor: Sue Poland

Charlotte Bodin

Bellefontaine, OH

Club: Top of Ohio

Mentor: Benjamin Kennedy

Charlotte Downes

Magnolia, OH

Club: Stark County Beekeepers

Mentor: Carol Kralik

Grant Riegel

Jackson, OH

Club: Jackson Beekeepers

Mentor: Brandon Crosier

Jozalynn Tucker

Pomeroy, OH


Mentor: James Osborne



Lola McCarroll

West Milton, OH


Mentor: Dwight Wells

Madyson Christman

New Concord, OH

Club: Guernsey Noble Beekeepers

Mentor: Don Crock

Paisley McCarroll

West Milton, OH


Mentor: Dwight Wells

Preston Smeltzer

Perrysville, OH

Club: Richland Area Beekeepers

Mentor: Chuck Stickelman

Ryace Boyer

Belpre, OH

Club: Athens County Area Beekeepers

Mentor: Sandy Vincent


Scholarship Information for 2025 Applicants  

Applications for 2025 applicants will open on August 1, 2024. The number of scholarships available per year will vary based on the number of available funds and donations. The number will be posted each year on the OSBA website. For 2025, there will be 10 scholarships available: 5 designated for 4-H and 5 designated for FFA

Ohio State Beekeepers Association supports new young beekeepers through our Youth Scholarship Program. We realize that the success of a new beekeeper is not reliant on the student's work and money alone but on the partnership's effort. Thus, the Youth Scholarship Program encourages the participation of parents/guardians, 4-H/FFA Ohio advisers, local Ohio associations, and mentors.

While the document below explains the program guidelines in detail, here is a quick overview:

Selection Criteria

  1. Students must be between the ages of 12 and 18 by January 1st of the scholarship year (2025), be a member of 4-H / FFA, and be enrolled in public, private, or home school.
  2. The applicants must complete and return the application by Saturday, September 14th, 2024.

Selection Process

  1. The selection committee will carefully consider each candidate and select the finalists on the completion of their application.
  2. The OSBA Youth Scholarship winners will be announced on Saturday, October 5th, 2024.

The selected Partnership Program Scholars will receive:

  1. Woodenware and tools for two hives (see attached document)
  2. 1 – year free membership to the OSBA, with an electronic newsletter
  3. 1 – year subscription to American Bee Journal
  4. 1 – year subscription to Bee Culture
  5. Free attendance at the OSBA Fall Convention (including two guests)

Download the 2025 Program Documents and Application. If you have any questions, please contact the OSBA Youth Scholarship Program by email at  or call 419.438.7335.

To find a local association in your area, see

Download the application; please click: Youth Scholarship Application