AMES, Iowa -- A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Washington County student. Sara Hess, Washington, 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 has given me a real sense of group cooperation and has helped me to recognize my strengths and weaknesses in leadership," Hess, the daughter of Elizabeth and Kevin Hess, said.
Hess has been involved in several activities including cross-country, track, and SADD. She was also a member of acts of faith drama team and NHS. She participated in a mini dance marathon, band and a youth group.
A recent graduate of Washington High School, Hess plans to continue her studies at Northwestern College.
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.