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Worth County Youth Awarded 4-H Scholarships


AMES, Iowa – Two Worth County 4-H members have been awarded 4-H scholarships.  Courtney Athey, Northwood, has received the $750 C.J. Gauger 4-H Scholarship, and Courtney Davis, also of Northwood, received a $500 Alumni 4-H Scholarship. Both scholarships are sponsored by 4-H alumni contributors to Iowa and the 4-H Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Courtney Athey, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Deb and Gary Athey.  She has been involved with leadership, citizenship and communications programs.  Athey received the Leadership and Communication Project Award.  She has been a member of the county 4-H council, area 4-H council, state 4-H council and the National 4-H Congress.  She also attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.  She served as president, treasurer and reporter for her local 4-H club.

“4-H has taught me skills that I will need throughout my life.  It has also introduced me to some of my greatest friends,” Athey said.  “The self-confidence I gained has changed me from a shy girl into a mature and determined young adult.  4-H has taught me the importance of citizenship, leadership and communications. “

A recent graduate of Northwood-Kensett High School, Athey plans to attend Iowa State University and pursue a major in biology.

Courtney Davis, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Kevin Davis and Jill Trainer.  She has participated in communications, citizenship and leadership projects.  She received multiple project awards at the state and local level, including a Seal of Excellence on Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits.  She served as secretary for her 4-H club and participated in county 4-H council and area 4-H council.  She also attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. 

“My involvement in 4-H has been a very rewarding, educational and successful experience,” Davis said.  “I have learned valuable skills as a leader, communicator, hard worker and well-rounded citizen.  I’m thankful 4-H has given me the motivation to make the best better.”

Davis is a recent graduate of Northwood-Kensett High School.  She plans to attend Northwestern College majoring in music.

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.


Contacts :

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

David Neff, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, dneff@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu