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Ohio Partnership Program

Ohio State Beekeepers Association supports new young beekeepers through our Ohio Partnership Program. We realize that the success of a new beekeeper is not reliant on the work of the student and money alone, but by the effort of the partnership. Thus, the Ohio Partnership Program encourages participation of the guardian, 4-H / FFA Ohio adviser, local Ohio association, and mentor.

The number of scholarships available per year will vary based on the amount of available funds and donations. The number will be posted each year on the OSBA website. For 2021 there are at least 10 scholarships available: 5 designated for 4-H and 5 designated for FFA

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

Selection Criteria

  1. Youth must be between the ages of 12 and 18 by January 1st of the scholarship year (2021), be a member of 4-H / FFA, and enrolled in public, private or home school.
  2. The applicants must complete and return the application by November 2nd, 2020.

Selection Process

  1. The selection committee will carefully consider each candidate and select the finalists.
  2. The OSBA Ohio Beekeeping Partnership Program Scholars will be announced by December 5th, 2020.

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 electronic newsletter
  3. 1 – year subscription to American Bee Journal
  4. 1 – year subscription to Bee Culture
  5. OSBA Beekeeper Training DVD
  6. OSBA Apiary Diagnostic Manual
  7. Free attendance to the OSBA Fall Convention (including 2 guests)

Download the 2020 Program Documents and Application. If you have any questions, please contact the OSBA Ohio Partnership Program by email at or call 419.438.7335. Completed applications are due by November 2nd, 2020.

To find a local association in your area see http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/associations/local-associations/

Download the application, please click: 2021 Ohio Partnership Program.pdf