AMES, Iowa -- A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Cedar County student. Tyler O’Neil, West Branch, 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 networking that the program facilitated was fantastic," O’Neil, the son of Terry and Glenda O’Neil, said.
O’Neil has been involved in several activities including the student government, the BEAR leadership team and National Honor Society. He was also a member of band, drama and the school newspaper. He participated in Boy Scouts, speech and 4-H.
A recent graduate of West Branch High School, O’Neil plans to continue his studies at Drake University in journalism and political science.
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.