AMES, Iowa – Three Clinton County 4-H members have been awarded 4-H scholarships. Michelle Eberhart, Delmar, and Molly Slattery, Calamus, both received a $500 Tubbs 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Edward Tubbs, while Brady McNeil, Grand Mound, received the $1,000 Theisen Home Farm Auto 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Theisen Supply Inc.
Eberhart, a nine-year member, is the daughter of Joe and Da Vonne Eberhart. She has participated in communications, market beef, health, leadership and societal issues and won the leadership state project award, seal of excellence for educational presentations and the I Dare You leadership award. She has also exhibited posters, clothing and wildlife and agriculture projects on the state level. As a county 4-H council member, Eberhart has served as vice president, secretary, reporter and historian of her club.
“My 4-H experiences have influenced my life by encouraging me to support community activities and develop life-long learning skills,” she said. “Becoming a leader at a young age has taught me humility and that is something I will carry with me my entire life. Most importantly, my experiences have taught me that learning a new skill is beneficial, but taking the opportunity to communicate it well for the benefits of others is what makes you successful.”
A recent Maquoketa High School graduate, Eberhart plans to attend St. Ambrose University, majoring in business.
Slattery, an eight-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Peggy and James Slattery. The projects she was most involved with are home improvement, food and nutrition, communications, swine and leadership. She has been awarded the Seal of Excellence in Extemporaneous Speaking, awards for state fair projects and communication recognition. She served as president of the county 4-H council, president of the 4-H club, secretary, recreation leader and was a member of the county youth committee. She also attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“My experiences in 4-H have greatly influence my choice as a pediatrician for a career,” Slattery said. “Throughtout 4-H, I have participated in numerous community service projects. These projects gave me a chance to work hard and help other people. As president of both the county council and my club, I lead meetings, presiding over the group and helping delegate through issues. I greatly enjoy all of these tasks as well, and I know that I would like to incorporate these communication and people skills I have learned into my career.”
A Calamus-Wheatland High School graduate, Slattery plans to attend Iowa State University, majoring in pre-medicine.
McNeil, an eight-year 4-H member, is the son of Mike and Jean McNeil. He has been involved in home improvement, food and nutrition, horticulture, swine, and calves. He received awards for food and nutrition, and various indoor projects at the Iowa State Fair. He served as president, vice-president and secretary of his 4-H club. He participated in the county 4-H council and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has given me the skills to become whatever I want to be. 4-H has developed me as a speaker and a leader so that I am now confident in anything I do,” McNeil said. “4-H allowed me to find my passion in working with swine. Without 4-H I probably wouldn’t be devoting the rest of my life to swine and swine research. I have learned many ethics from state fair: practice, patience and persistence.”
A recent graduate of Central Clinton High School., McNeil plans to attend Iowa State University, majoring in animal science.
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