The Dr. Mark Bennett Memorial Scholarship

The Dr. Mark Bennett Memorial Scholarship 

Dr. Mark Bennett was a professor in the Horticulture and Crop Sciences Department at The Ohio State University from 1986-2015. Growing up on a farm in River Falls, WI, Dr. Bennett started his career in seeds as early as 3 years old, when he recommended to his dad what treatments the most recent farming magazines suggested could be of help in growing the family’s latest crops. Dr. Bennett was passionate about his career.  During his twenty-nine years at Ohio State, Mark established a nationally recognized research program in vegetable production, and provided leadership to an extension program that positively impacted many Ohio vegetable producers. Mark was a highly regarded teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students, and he had the privilege of working regularly with other horticulturists around the world – creating meaningful partnerships both locally and internationally in order to improve the way we grow our food. He was inspired by his work, had a passion for the earth, and thrived on sharing this passion with his colleagues, friends, and family. Mark – who was kind, smart, unassuming, and humble – will be remembered by the many impacted by his life. Because of his premature death at age 60 of brain cancer, his family and friends would be honored to see his legacy carried on by offering a scholarship to those interested in studying the area of seeds and vegetable crops. 

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