AMES, Iowa -- A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Linn County student. Ashley Keenan, Cedar Rapids, received a Hills Bank 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company.
The Hills Bank 4-H Scholarship is awarded to as many as 20 students each year. The recipients, who apply during their junior year in high school, attend nine hours of leadership training sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company during their senior year. Afterward, they receive $500 per semester for two years. The scholarship may be used at any of Iowa's accredited universities, colleges or community colleges.
"The people at Hills Bank believed in me enough to give me this opportunity, and I don't plan to take it for granted," Keenan, daughter of Robert and Susan Keenan, said. "I know now that I want to make a difference in the community, but have fun doing it."
Keenan is a member of 4-H, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Students Okay Without Drugs and Alcohol and Spanish Club. She also participates in volleyball, golf, basketball, show choir, band, and youth and peer groups.
Keenan was the president of her 4-H and Spanish Club and editor of the school newspaper. She is an academic award winner and was a national qualifier in FBLA twice.
A recent graduate of Alburnett High School, Keenan plans to attend the University of Iowa to begin her studies in graphic design.
For more information about 4-H or its scholarship program, contact the Iowa State University Extension office in your county.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, email@example.com