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Grandma’s kitchen and 4-H inspire food science student

Jinny Milhollin

To be fair, Jinny Millhollin of rural Guthrie County, Iowa, credits her Grandma’s recipes, 4-H food projects and a family tradition of attending Iowa State for leading her to a major in food science and human nutrition (FSHN). But 4-H gave her opportunities to become acquainted with the Ames campus.

She attended a football game annually with tickets provided through the ISU Extension county office and in high school attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, a three-day annual event in June that allows youth to experience life in campus residence halls. Add in a visit to the FSHN department and Millhollin said she knew “Iowa State was where I should spend my next four years.”

The amount of scholarships available also enabled Millhollin to attend Iowa State. A stellar student who was active in school and community activities, she was named to the President’s Leadership Class and attended a weekly meeting at President Gregory Geoffroy’s house as a freshman. Now a junior, she’s had several leadership roles on campus. A three-year member of the Student Alumni Leadership Council Homecoming Central Committee, she will co-chair the group in 2007-08.


This article appeared in February 2007 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter