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

Recipients are from Cass, Clayton, Crawford, Dubuque and Grundy Counties

8/8/11

  • Cass County 4-H’er Kelsie Schmidt, Griswold, has received a $500 Roberts Family 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Lloyd and Sharon Roberts and Kurt Roberts. Schmidt is the daughter of Neil and Tracy Schmidt.

An eight-year 4-H member, Schmidt has been involved in the sheep, food and nutrition, photography, music and health project areas. She was voted best overall music performance from Tuesday Music Club at 4-H Share the Fun and has served as club vice president and treasurer. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in music education.

“By participating in 4-H, I have learned the importance of establishing and achieving goals,” said Schmidt.

  • Cass County 4-H’er Curtis Ullerich, Ames, has received a $1,000 Dostal Memorial 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the family of Ralph and Agnes Dostal. Ullerich is the son of Chris and Gwen Ullerich of Wiota.

Ullerich attends Iowa State University and is majoring in computer engineering. He is involved in marching band, juggling club, symphonic band, Tau Beta Sigma, the Engineering Leadership program, the Honors Program and intramural sports.

“4-H gave me the push to be involved that I needed to grow as person,” said Ullerich.

  • Clayton County 4-H’er Payson Kerns, Edgewood, has received a $500 Theisen’s Home and Farm 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Theisen’s Supply Inc. Kerns is the son of James and Jody Kerns.

A nine-year 4-H member, Kerns has been involved in the tractor restoration, food and nutrition, home improvement and wildlife project areas. He received a Danforth “I Dare You” award and several blue ribbons from the state fair. He has served as club president, vice president and treasurer. He plans to attend Hawkeye Community College to major in animal science.

“4-H has helped define my leadership skills and has exposed me to many opportunities,” said Kerns.

  • Crawford County 4-H’er Aaron Baughman, Denison, has received a $500 Alumni 4-H Scholarship sponsored by 4-H alumni contributions to the Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund. Baughman is the son of Tim and Alice Baughman.

A nine-year 4-H member, Baughman has been involved in the small gas engines, tractor restoration, leadership, automotive, market sheep and breeding sheep project areas. He received a 4-H “I Dare You” award and has served as club treasurer. He plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to major in industrial technology/metal casting.

“4-H has taught me to work effectively to accomplish my goals and has helped me develop a good work ethic,” said Baughman.

  • Crawford County 4-H’er Thomas Buresh, Dunlap, has received a $1,500 Juergens 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the family of Dale and Ruth Juergens. Buresh is the son of Bob and Shelly Buresh.

A nine-year 4-H member, Buresh has been involved in the beef, swine, shooting sports, communication and poultry project areas. He received 4-H State Leadership, Agriculture and Shooting Sports awards and has served as club vice president and secretary. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in pre-veterinary medicine.

“I feel very fortunate to be raised in a 4-H family where I have had the opportunity to grow and mature in a way that will prepare me for college and other life responsibilities,” said Buresh.

  • Dubuque County 4-H’er Josh Simon, Farley, has received a $1,000 Theisen’s Home and Farm 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Theisen’s Supply Inc. Simon is the son of Thomas and Shirley Simon.

A nine-year 4-H member, Simon has been involved in the home improvement, food and nutrition, dairy and photography project areas. He received an “I Dare You” award and has served as president, treasurer and photographer of his 4-H club. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agriculture systems technology.

  • Grundy County 4-H’er Ashlee Hespen, Conrad, has received a $1,500 Oster Journalism 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Merrill J. Oster. Hespen is the daughter of Bruce Hespen and Shelly Hespen.

A three-year member of collegiate 4-H, Hespen attends Iowa State University and is majoring in journalism and mass communication and public service and administration in agriculture. She is involved in Collegiate 4-H, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassadors program, the Hixson Student Board, marching band and the Honors Program.

“4-H has helped shape me into a strong leader, communicator and citizen, while also instilling a passion for agriculture within,” said Hespen.

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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