A gift from John and Lois Douglass of Marshallville has established the Catalpadale Bristol Dairy Scholarship, which will cover full in-state tuition and fees – a first for Ohio State ATI.
The scholarship will support students enrolled in the dairy cattle production and management or dairy science degree programs. The goal is to support students who have career goals in production agriculture. “We want to provide an opportunity to someone who may not even be considering college, who might not be the strongest student academically; someone who doesn’t have the resources for a college education,” said John Douglass. Preference will be given to students from Wayne County and surrounding counties who meet the selection criteria.
John and Lois are the owners of the Catalpadale Dairy and Bristol Dairy in Marshallville and the Coral Hill Dairy in Glasgow, KY. The operation has 75 full-time employees, including several Ohio State ATI graduates who have become mid-level managers. John has represented dairy producers on a number of state and local committees and organizations and is past president of the Wayne County Farm Bureau. He has maintained a close relationship with Ohio State ATI’s dairy programs over the years, serving on its advisory committee and as a guest lecturer in numerous classes, as well as hosting students for field trips, hands-on training workshops, and internships. He has also partnered with graduate students on various research trials.
About 50 students are enrolled in Ohio State ATI’s dairy programs. “We are exceedingly grateful to John and Lois for their long-term support of our dairy students and programs,” said Royce Thornton, chair of ATI’s agricultural and engineering technologies division and coordinator of the dairy programs.
As part of the $2.5-billion But For Ohio State campaign, the college has a $150 million goal. One important portion of that campaign is a $15 million Placing Students First goal, which supports scholarships. The college has eclipsed that $15 million goal, having raised nearly $22 million.
More information about this gift and others to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences can be found at cfaes.osu.edu/development.