AMES, Iowa – Two Polk County 4-H members have been awarded 4-H scholarships. Allison Baird, Clive, received the $500 Cheryl and David Pence Communication Scholarship, and Neal Stewart, Maxwell, received the Cheryl and David Pence Visual Arts 4-H Scholarship. Both scholarships were sponsored by Cheryl and David Pence.
Baird, a seven-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Joyce and Jim Baird. She has participated in communications, photography, personal development and visual arts. She served as president, treasurer and historian of her local 4-H club.
“4-H has influenced me by making me a better leader and a more goal-oriented person. Through 4-H, I have been able to learn and develop my leadership skills and apply those skills to other parts of my life,” Baird said. “Because 4-H places a large focus on goal making, it has been a very large pat of my life. I make achievable goals for myself when I am working on different projects. Setting goals for myself will stay with me and help me in my future.”
A recent graduate of West Des Moines Valley High School, Baird plans on attending Iowa State University as an open option student.
Stewart, a nine-year 4-H member, is the son of Roger and Janet Stewart. He has been involved in visual arts, horticulture, science, and mechanics and engineering. He was a blue ribbon winner at the State Fair for visual arts,and for visual arts and science mechanical engineering. He also served as vice-president of the 4-H club and junior leader in visual arts and science mechanical engineering.
“4-H has taught me to set goals and to work toward them,” Stewart said. “4-H has taught me teamwork and how to work in a group with other people to accomplish a common goal.”
A recent graduate of Bondurant-Farrar High School, Stewart plans on attending Indian Hills Community College majoring in aviation maintenance technology.
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.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org