Youth Scholarships

The Youth Scholarship program was established

  • to educate youth in the art of beekeeping and to promote a better understanding of the value of honeybees to our environment and to the food chain
  • to provide an opportunity for youth to experience responsibility and enjoyment through beekeeping
  • to provide an avenue for youth to engage in a vocation and gain the potential to pursue beekeeping as a sideline or fulltime vocation


  • The applicant must be between the ages of 11 and 18 by December 1st of the school year.
  • The applicant must be a resident of Central Ohio.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled in public, private or home school.
  • The applicant must have permission and agreement from parent or guardian.
  • The application must be submitted to COBA no later than January 4, 2023.

The Award

  • A two-year membership in the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association (COBA).
  • A beginning beekeeper school registration and textbook.
  • A set of wooden ware for a beehive.
  • A nuc or package of bees for the hive.
  • Beekeeping gear including a hat, veil, gloves, varroa test kit, hive tool and bee smoker.
  • Mentoring by a COBA member for one year.

Expectations of the Recipient

  • This is approximately a one-year commitment
  • Must attend the designated Bee School which is held in February
  • Attend the monthly COBA meetings
  • Attend the 1st year Bee Yard at OSU Waterman Farms that is held on Wednesday evenings from April through September. This is the hands-on part of learning about your bees that the club provides.
  • There are 2 presentations (including a power point) you will need to give the club: 1) in August focusing on your experience with your hives so far. 2) In April – How your bees did through the fall and winter.
  • Other Events are:
    • The COBA Pancake Breakfast
    • The COBA Picnic
    • The Bee Display at the State Fair
    • The Lithopolis Honey Fest (Your participation is a wonderful way to show others what you have learned.)
    • The End of the year Banquet at Der Dutchman

For any questions or clarifications please contact:

Penelope Mishne

Penelope Mishne

Scholarship coodinator

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Phone: 614-870-0092