2012 4-H Scholarships: Dubuque through Harrison Counties

August 2012

Eight Iowa 4-H members have received 4-H scholarships. Recipients are from Dubuque, Fayette, Hamilton, Hardin and Harrison counties.

  • Dubuque County 4-H’er Jessica Hammerand, Epworth, has received a $1,000 LA-CO Circle of Champions 4-H Scholarship sponsored by LA-CO Industries Inc. Hammerand, 20, is the daughter of Jeff and Tammy Hammerand.

Hammerand attends Iowa State University and is majoring in dairy science and biology. She is involved in the ISU Dairy Science Club and is an ISU Dairy Judging Team member.

“4-H has provided me the foundation for my future,” Hammerand said. “By actively participating in 4-H, especially through dairy projects, my involvement has cultivated leadership skills, knowledge and the ability to communication well.”

  • Fayette County 4-H’er Brianna Lee, West Union, has received a $500 Duroe 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Duroe family. Lee, 18, is the daughter of Darrell and Rhonda Lee.

An eight-year 4-H member, Lee has been involved in the photography, food and nutrition, clothing, home improvement and poultry project areas. She served as club vice president, treasurer and historian. She plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College.

“4-H has helped me by providing opportunities to meet new people and build leadership and communication skills to help prepare for my future,” said Lee.

  • Fayette County 4-H’er Whitney Stahr, West Union, has received a $500 Alumni 4-H Scholarship sponsored by 4-H alumni contributions to the Iowa 4-H Foundation scholarship endowment fund. Stahr, 18, is the daughter of Roger and Wendy Stahr.

A nine-year 4-H member, Stahr has been involved in the consumer management, clothing, food and nutrition, leadership and citizenship project areas. She served as club president, vice president and historian. She plans to attend Wartburg College to major in communication arts.

“If it wasn’t for 4-H, I would not be the person I am today,” Stahr said. “The 4-H program has taught me so many valuable life skills including communication, leadership and citizenship.”

  • Hamilton County 4-H’er Bethany Olson, Jewell, has received a $500 Mary Ann Stumbo Memorial 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Keith and Barb Sexton. Olson, 20, is the daughter of Rod and Terri Olson.

Olson attends Iowa State University and is majoring in agricultural business and international agriculture. She is involved in Ag Business Club, Collegiate FFA, ISU Ag Ambassadors, Alpha Zeta Ag Honor Fraternity, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Lyrica, Student Athlete Advisory Committee and ISU track and cross country.

“At an early age, 4-H taught me the importance of knowledge (Head), community service and being a caring individual (Heart), hard work (Hands) and my emotional and physical well-being (Health),” said Olson.

  • Hamilton County 4-H’er Colin Ryan, Webster City, has received a $500 Persinger-Asmus Family 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Persinger and Asmus families. Ryan, 19, is the son of Douglas and Pamela Ryan.

Ryan attends Iowa State University and is majoring in civil engineering. He is involved in the President’s Leadership Class, Freshman Leaders in Engineering, ASCE Steel Bridge Team, Collegiate 4-H, the honors program, Slow Food Club and Dance Marathon.

“4-H has provided me a way to enhance my natural skills and prepare for a challenging future,” said Ryan.

  • Hamilton County 4-H’er Courtney Stakey, Kamrar, has received a $500 Career 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Shirley A. Stakey. Stakey, 19, is the daughter of Doran and Cathy Stakey.

Stakey attends Iowa State University and is majoring in child, adult and family services. She is involved in the President’s Leadership Class, HDFS learning community peer mentoring and Dance Marathon.

“4-H taught me many life skills that I put to use every day,” said Stakey.

  • Hardin County 4-H’er Becky Cook, Hubbard, has received a $500 Pence Family Communication 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Cheryl and David Pence. Cook, 18, is the daughter of Jeff and Val Cook.

A nine-year 4-H member, Cook has been involved in the horse, market beef, food and nutrition, home improvement and breeding beef project areas. She served as club president, secretary and historian. She plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to major in Elementary Education.

“Through 4-H, I learned how to be a leader, how to communicate clearly and successful, I learned the quality of a good citizen, as well as many specialized skills from individual projects,” said Cook.

  • Harrison County 4-H’er Samuel Thompson, Logan, has received a $500 Colvin Family 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Colvin family endowment. Thompson, 18, is the son of Keith and Rose Thompson.

A nine-year 4-H member, Thompson has been involved in the home improvement, visual art, food and nutrition, communication and woodworking project areas. He served as club president, vice president and secretary. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in architecture.

“4-H has allowed me to explore opportunities that I would not have experienced otherwise,” said Thompson.

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