Extension News

Johnson County 4-H Member Receives Quercus Landscapes Scholarship

8/27/2008

AMES, Iowa – A $500 scholarship has been awarded to a Johnson County 4-H member.  Brett Seelman, North Liberty, received the Quercus Landscapes 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Brad and Katie Tabke, Quercus Landscapes Inc.

Seelman, a nine-year 4-H member, is the son of Jim and Bev Seelman.  He has been involved in communications, leadership, citizenship, photography and horticulture projects.  He received communication and leadership awards at the state level.  He served as president, secretary and reporter of his 4-H club and participated on the county 4-H council, area 4-H council, state 4-H council and county youth committee.  He also attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“When I was a young 4-Her, I didn’t realize how much the program had influenced my life,” Seelman said.  “It gave me the assurance and direction to take the initiative in leadership positions and allowed me to develop communication and citizenship skills that I still use today.  The projects and opportunities that I took advantage of within the program at the local and state level have also had an impact on my current plans to study landscape architecture at Iowa State University.  Lo and behold, I find myself using these same communication and leadership principles to lead group projects, present project proposals and to communicate both graphically and verbally.  It’s like I’m preparing for the local county fair every other week.”

Seelman is a sophomore at Iowa State University, majoring in landscape architecture.  He is involved with the Catechist at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Dance Marathon, Iowa State University Foundation, Student Society of Landscape Architects and Freshman Council.  He has also been on the Dean’s List and received the Iowa State University Scholars and Leaders Award.

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.

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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