AMES, Iowa – A $1,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Marshall County 4-H member. Melissa Merwald, Marshalltown, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement.
Merwald, a 10-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Ed and Darla Merwald. She has served as co-president, secretary and reporter of her 4-H club. Merwald has participated most actively in the horse, beef, dog, personal development and communications project areas. She has been Iowa State Fair Horsemanship Champion for several years. Merwald also received Supreme Champion Showman Award, Leadership Award, Communication Award, Citizenship Award, and Ak-Sar-Ben Award.
“Through 4-H, I’ve learned about goals, deadlines, record-keeping, volunteering and gained valuable life skills that could not be learned from a textbook. The 4-H program has helped me to make choices that will ensure success in college and my career,” said Merwald. “Doors were opened for me through 4-H that helped me to understand what I wanted to study for the next four years and what career path I wanted to follow.”
Merwald, a recent graduate of Marshalltown High School, plans to attend Iowa State University to study agriculture business.
For more information about 4-H, contact the county office of Iowa State University Extension.