AMES, Iowa – Three Hamilton County 4-H members have been awarded 4-H scholarships. Logan Koster, Stanhope, and Carlton Ness, Jewell, both received a $1,000 Schmalenberger 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Carl Schmalenberger Memorial Funds while Cassandra Roe, Ames, received a $1,000 Lloyd Inc. 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Lloyd Inc.
Koster, an eight-year 4-H member, is the son of Dave and Nancy Koster. He has been most involved in aerospace, goat, horse, poultry and woodworking projects. He received awards for citizenship, leadership, community service and agriculture. He served as chair for 4-H committees and was a helper to young 4-H members in goat and pet projects. He served on the county 4-H council and participated in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“Through 4-H, I have had amazing opportunities and experience that have had a tremendous impact on my life,” Koster said. “At first, I didn’t realize how 4-H has been helping me grow and change. However, when I stopped and looked back upon all the experiences and opportunities that were available to me through 4-H, I realized just how beneficial they were. 4-H offers unique opportunities that allow you to become a leader, to become a role model, to become an effective communicator and to become active in your community. My participation in 4-H has allowed me to explore a wide range of project areas and focus on those that interest me. In all these ways, 4-H has shaped the person that I am and the person I will become in the future.”
A recent graduate of South Hamilton High School, Koster plans on attending Iowa State University, majoring in civil engineering and agricultural/ biosystems engineering.
Ness, a nine-year 4-H member, is the son of Marvin and Kathy Ness. He has been involved in woodworking, goats, clover kids, science and engineering and swine and has received leadership, citizenship, merit, achievement and outstanding officer awards. A county 4-H council member, Ness has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and served as president, treasurer and photographer of his 4-H club.
“4-H has given me a chance to fulfill many different leadership roles in agriculture and has influenced me to pursue a career in the future that agriculture has to offer,” he said.
A recent high school graduate, Ness plans to attend Iowa State University and pursue animal science and agricultural education.
Roe, an eight-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Donald and Dianne Roe. She has been involved in marketing and breeding sheep, leadership, and rabbits. She served as president, treasurer, secretary and county 4-H council member. She received awards for leadership, citizenship, sheep and visual arts.
“My 4-H experiences have helped me become the person I am today. Through 4-H opportunities, I learned how to communicate and speak with a diverse group of people,” Roe said. “The 4-H program taught me how to set goals and achieve them. It also helped me become a responsible, well-organized person. Being involved in livestock projects, I frequently went to my local veterinarian for advice and still do. Someday, I hope to be the veterinarian that lends a helping hand to 4-H'ers and can watch them take pride in their projects.”
A junior at Iowa State University, Roe is majoring in veterinary medicine. She is involved with the Beginning Farmer’s Network, Pre-vet Club, NICU volunteer and the Production Animal Interest Group.
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.