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Guthrie County 4-H Member Receives Mahr Scholarship


AMES, Iowa – A one-year full tuition has been awarded to a Guthrie County 4-H member.  Jonathon Kempf, Jamaica, received the Mahr Family 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the family of Marvin Sr. and Frederica Mahr.

Kempf, a nine-year 4-H member, is the son of Robert and Lisa Kempf.  He has been involved with numerous leadership and community service activities.  He served in more than 20 different community events, most of them annual activities.  He also attended the KS Global Conference, which included service activities.  Kempf served as president, vice-president, treasurer and historian of his 4-H club, and chaired many committees.  He was a member of the Southwest Area Council, state 4-H council, an Iowa 4-H Foundation Trustee and a consultant to state office on matters of Internet and innovation.

“4-H is obviously the one thing that has influenced my career decisions I have made for my life.  The skills I have gained through this amazing program are numerous,” Kempf said.  “I would like to give back to this program that has given me so much.  I can’t say 100 percent where I will end up, or what I will be doing, but with a good major and start in my career field, I am confident that I will not fail.  My one true goal is simple in ideology, but not easy by any means.  I want to live a life I can be proud of by helping others, while reaching to be the best in my chosen profession.”

Kempf is a sophomore at Iowa State University, majoring in public service and administration in agriculture.   He is a member of the FarmHouse Fraternity, Collegiate 4-H, PSA Club, Block and Bridle, Freshman Council and Greek Week 2008 Captain.

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