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West Pottawattamie County Youth Awarded 4-H Scholarships


AMES, Iowa – Two West Pottawattamie County 4-H members have been awarded 4-H scholarships. Courtney Blake, Walnut, has received a $1,000 Lloyd Inc. 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Lloyd Inc., and Stephanie Wells, Glenwood, has received a $500 Stratton 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Stratton Memorial and Stratton family.

Courtney Blake, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Roger and Gerri Blake. During her 4-H career, she participated most actively in the project areas of beef, sheep and communications. She also has served on the State 4-H Council, Area 4-H Council and County 4-H Council, and as a delegate to the National 4-H Congress.

“4-H helped me to develop leadership and communication skills necessary to excel in life, as well as knowledge about animals and record keeping skills that will no doubt contribute to my future success in the veterinary field. My experiences from the local to national 4-H level greatly helped to develop my interests in many areas.”


Blake is a 2008 Colorado College graduate receiving her degree in neuroscience. In college, she was active in the Student Alumni Association, Health Professionals Club and Colorado College Emergency Medical Services-CPR coordinator. Blake will enroll in Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine this fall.


Stephanie Wells, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Kim and Arthur Wells.  She has participated in beef, horse, rabbit, photography and visual arts projects.  She received awards for photography, visual arts and was a member of the Share the Fun Clogging Duet.  She has been president, reporter and recreational officer for her 4-H club.

“4-H helped make me a more confident and well-rounded person.  It allowed me to practice the communication skills that I need in everyday life,” Wells said.  “Most importantly, it introduced me to cattle and helped me realize that I want to become a large-animal veterinarian.”

Wells is a sophomore at Iowa State University majoring in animal science/ pre-veterinary medicine.  She is part of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Block and Bridal Club, Pre-Vet Club, Freshman Honors, and Collegiate Honors, and was on the Dean’s List.

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