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Polk County 4-H Member Receives Alumni 4-H Scholarship


AMES, Iowa-- A $500 scholarship has been awarded to a Polk County 4-H member. Melissa Deer, Urbandale, has received the Alumni 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund.


Deer, a nine-year member, is the daughter of Rhonda and Marv Deer. She has shown projects in clothing, food and nutrition, home improvement, citizenship and societal issues at the Iowa State Fair. Deer was the Polk County Fair Princess of 2005 and has also received the AK-SAR-BEN Award. She has served as president and vice-president for her 4-H club. Deer has earned the Citizenship Award twice for her work with cancer patients, battered women and mission trips to Mexico to rebuild communities. She also tutors five grade-school children in various subjects. In school, Deer is in the National Honor Society and vice-president of her S.A.D.D. chapter.


"My participation in 4-H has had am impact on my decision to pursue an education in medicine, " Deer said. "I have had many experiences that have been a very positive influence in my life and have learned to work with people in many capacities from a leadership role."


Deer is currently a senior at Johnston High School and plans to attend Loras College to study Spanish and biology.


For more information about 4-H, contact the Iowa State University Extension office in your county.



Contacts :

Mitchell Hoyer, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu

Carol, Couverson, Extension Communication and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu