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Scholarship Spotlights


Buford M. and May Scott Teater Scholarship helps student
prepare for career of his dreams

Ethan Rhodus, a native of Dublin, Ohio, and rising junior majoring in Natural Resource Management in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) is a recipient of the Buford M. and May Scott Teater Scholarship. Ethan is an Honors student, a member of ENR Scholars and is engaged in Growing Green, a campus group that works collaboratively with Columbus City Schools to combine environmental science curriculum with fun, hands-on gardening experiences. Ethan also serves as an Ambassador for the SENR
and participates actively in programs at The Ohio State University Outdoor Adventure Center.  
Ethan aspires to work for an outdoor skill and leadership organization and has a strong desire to positively impact people and enhance their relationship with the outdoors. Ethan is grateful for the flexibility the scholarship provides. He notes, “The scholarship allows me to fully focus on preparing for my future career and to take advantage of many more learning and leadership development experiences in outdoor education that otherwise, I may not have been able to, if I was working.”  In fact, Ethan is well on his way to the career of his dreams and most recently has become certified in fighting wilderness fires, which
will prepare him to both teach about fire and work directly fighting them.

The Nikki Meifert Memorial Fund helps student to stay engaged
and hone research skills

Meghan Parsley, a native of Hilliard, Ohio, and senior majoring in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) is a recipient of the Nikki Meifert Memorial Fund Scholarship. Meghan serves in a number of leadership roles, including President of the Evolution and Ecology Club at The Ohio State University.  She serves as an Ambassador for both the SENR and for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She is a member of Alpha Zeta Partners, a professional honorary fraternity for men and women who have an interest in the broadly defined field of agriculture. 
Meghan has volunteered and completed a number of internships related to her major, including working with conservation organizations. She recently completed an internship working with Asian avian and mammal species at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. She currently conducts independent research on salamander genetics in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. Cumulatively, these leadership and research experiences have shaped Meghan’s desire to pursue a graduate degree in conservation biology.
On the impact of the scholarship, Meghan shares a benefit has been being able to stay involved in organizations and leadership roles, while also developing her research interests and skills. Something she says may not have been possible if she also had to formally work. She notes, “The scholarship has allowed me to afford school, while also maintaining my active academic schedule.” For that she is thankful. 

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