2011 4-H Scholarships Awarded to Iowa 4-H’ers

Recipients are from Adair, Benton, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan and Calhoun Counties

8/8/11

  • Adair County 4-H’er Rob Mensing, Greenfield, has received a $1,000 Tobin 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the family of J. Kelly and Irene Tobin. Mensing is the son of Bruce and Di Mensing.

A nine-year 4-H member, Mensing has been involved in the photography, food and nutrition, woodworking, citizenship and leadership project areas. He received the Outstanding Jr. Member Citizenship Leadership Award and a community service volunteer award. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural systems technology.

“4-H has been phenomenal in helping me develop the skills and characteristics I have used to become a better leader and citizen,” said Mensing.

  • Benton County 4-H’er Perry Anderson, Blairstown, has received a $500 Alumni 4-H Scholarship sponsored by 4-H alumni contributions to the Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund. Anderson is the son of Gerald and Christina Anderson.

A nine-year 4-H member, Anderson has been involved in the science, mechanics and engineering, communication, science and technology and food and nutrition project areas. He received the Outstanding Senior and Most Improved Senior awards at the county level and has served as club president, vice president and secretary. He plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in computer numerical control (CNC) machining.

“Setting and following through with my 4-H goals has helped me learn to set and follow through with life goals,” said Anderson.

  • Boone County 4-H’er Spencer Larson, Boone, has received a $500 Colvin Family 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Colvin Family Endowment. Larson is the daughter of Mike and Kathy Toms of Madrid and Rodd and Patty Larson of Fort Dodge.

A nine-year 4-H member, Larson has been involved in the clothing, home improvement, visual arts, foods and rabbits project areas. She has served as club president, secretary and meeting coordinator. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in music education.

“I’ve carried the lessons I’ve learned from 4-H into life outside of it,” said Larson.

  • Bremer County 4-H’er Michelle Stewart, Waverly, has received a $500 Marie A. Busch Memorial 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the family of Marie A. Busch. Stewart is the daughter of Doug and Janeen Stewart.

Stewart attends Central College and is majoring in communication studies. She is involved in SUSTAIN environmental group, tutoring and the Emergency Leaders program. She was involved in 4-H for nine years and received an achievement award, a citizenship award, a personal development award and the Wilma Bean Communication Award.

“I credit 4-H for giving me the foundation of who I am as a person,” said Stewart. “4-H has taught me valuable communication and leadership skills.

  • Buchanan County 4-H’er Maxwell Cherry,  Winthrop, has received a $500 Duroe 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Duroe family. Cherry is the son of Lonnie and Tammy Cherry.

A nine-year 4-H member, Cherry has been involved in the beef and swine projects. He served as club vice president, treasurer and historian. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural business.

"4-H has helped shape me into the man I want to be and the man that I want others to see me as," said Cherry.

  • Buchanan County 4-H’er Ashlie Kolbet, now of Boone, has received the Mahr Family 4-H Scholarship of $6,408 sponsored by the family of Marvin Sr. and Frederica Mahr. Kolbet is the daughter of Keith and Lucy Wiebbecke of Fairbank.

Kolbet attends Iowa State University and is majoring in veterinary medicine. She is involved in the Veterinary Mixed Animal Recruitment Team, AAEP, AASRP, VBMA and the Boone County Sheep Committee.

“I have had many positive experiences in 4-H that have helped me exceed as a leader,” said Kolbet.

  • Buchanan County 4-H’er Sara Morine, Lamont, has received a $1,000 LA-CO Circle of Champions 4-H Scholarship sponsored by LA-CO Industries Inc.  Morine is the daughter of Eric and Laura Morine.

Morine attends Iowa State University and is majoring in animal science. She is involved in Block and Bridle, Pre-Vet Club, the Honors Program, Science with Practice and the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team.

“Through 4-H, I have had many opportunities to set goals and set a plan to achieve those goals,” said Morine.

  • Calhoun County 4-H’er Andrew Lauver, Ames, has received a $500 Duroe 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Duroe family. Lauver is the son of Kevin and Linda Lauver of Rockwell City.

Lauver attends Iowa State University and is majoring in agricultural studies.  He is involved in Alpha Gamma Rho, Block and Bridle, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassadors, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council, Alpha Zeta Honorary Agriculture Fraternity and the Dean’s Strategic Planning Committee.

“I initially developed my leadership skills in 4-H and have capitalized on them at Iowa State using my abilities to promote, support and advocate for the future of agriculture,” said Lauver.

  • Calhoun County 4-H’er Brent Sexton, Rockwell City, has received a $500 Harding-Roth 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Roth family. Sexton is the son of Keith and Barb Sexton.

Sexton attends Iowa State University and is majoring in animal science with a pre-vet option. He is involved in Alpha Gamma Rho, Homecoming CySquad, Dance Marathon, VEISHEA, Block and Bridle and is a member of the Pre-Vet Club.

“4-H is about developing leadership, citizenship, communication, time management, record keeping and life skills,” said Sexton. “4-H has taught me the value of hard work and setting personal goals.”

In Iowa, the 4-H program is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H, how to get involved or how to apply for a 4-H scholarship, contact any ISU Extension county office.

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