AMES, Iowa -- A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Keokuk County student. Kelli Flander, Keota, 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.
"I know that good leaders are necessary for our society, and these experiences have helped me develop into a better one," Flander, the daughter of Randy and Cindy Flander, said.
Flander has been involved in several activities including “Eaglerock!” show choir, chorus and FCCLA. She was also a member of volleyball, softball and student council. She participated in National Honor Society, yearbook team and was valedictorian.
A recent graduate of Keota High School, Flander plans to continue her studies at Loras College in business administration.
In Iowa, the 4-H program is a part of Iowa State University Extension and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H, how to get involved, or how to apply for a 4-H Scholarship contact the local county office of ISU Extension.