Port Clinton, Ohio-based Ottawa County Community Foundation Inc. (OCCF) is announcing the availability of a new scholarship established to support entrepreneurship, free enterprise and innovation.

Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurial Scholarships will be awarded to students at the adult or collegiate level based on their entrepreneurial spirit and desire to succeed. This scholarship was recently created by the OCCF with funds received from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Adam Pendleton, an equine veterinarian from the Marblehead area, was the first recipient of this newly initiated scholarship. Pendelton’s career actually started in elementary school when he learned the farrier trade from his father. He worked as a farrier throughout high school and college at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The skills Pendleton attained as a farrier, together with his veterinary training, make him a rare practitioner. Worldwide, only a handful of veterinarians are also certified as a journeyman farrier.

With assistance from this scholarship, Pendleton will study at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Reddick, Fla., to become a certified equine acupuncturist.

“Equine acupuncture is a growing field,” Pendleton says. “Gaining this expertise will help me expand my practice and become an even more versatile practitioner to serve my equine clients.”

“This scholarship aims to assist entrepreneurs gain needed skills and training to become successful as an entrepreneur,” says OCCF scholarship chairman, Dave Slosser.

Interested individuals may access the scholarship application on the Foundation’s website, ottawaccf.org. Applicants must be a resident of Ottawa County, Ohio or an individual who is opening a business or currently has a business in Ottawa County.

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