AMES, Iowa -- A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Washington County student. Matthew Gent, Wellman, 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 leadership training program gave me an opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills," Gent, the son of John and Cathy Gent, said. "I know that the leadership skills that I have learned will be valuable to me in any chosen career path."
Gent is a member of 4-H, FFA, and participated in football and basketball. He is an honor roll student and was named Star Chapter Farmer of his FFA chapter.
Gent was the president of his 4-H club and treasurer of his FFA chapter. He received an Iowa FFA Degree and received recognition for his 4-H communications project.
A recent graduate of Mid-Prairie High School, Gent plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to begin his studies in the agriculture transfer program.
For more information about 4-H or its scholarship program, contact the Iowa State University Extension office in your county.
Mitchell Hoyer, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, email@example.com