AMES, Iowa -- A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Jones County student. Sara Ballou, Monticello, 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 Hills Bank program has made my leadership ideas more creative," Ballou, the daughter of Robert Ballou and Janet Martin, said. "This training program has proved to be very beneficial."
Ballou is a member of 4-H, FFA, National Honor Society, and participated in band, choir, basketball, golf and softball. She is active in community service through local church activities and organizations.
Ballou was the vice president of her 4-H club and golf team captain. She received athletic letters, has been recognized for academic achievement and is listed in "Who's Who Among American High School Students."
A senior at Monticello High School, Ballou plans to attend Drake University to begin her studies in business.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org