Extension News

Marshall County 4-H'er Receives Iowa State Fair Scholarship

8/8/2008

AMES, Iowa – A $1,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Marshall County 4-H member.  Matthew Burt, Marshalltown, has received an Iowa State Fair Scholarship sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement.

Burt, a nine-year 4-H member, is the son of Allen and Dee Burt.  He has participated in horticulture, photography, swine, beef and citizenship.  He has received awards for leadership, citizenship, grand champion pigs and livestock judging.  He served as president, vice-president and treasurer in his 4-H club and was on the county 4-H council.

“My experiences in 4-H have impacted my life tremendously.  Throughout the nine years of 4-H, I gained confidence in myself, learned life skills in the agriculture field and obtained leadership skills that will be helpful in my career,” Burt said.  “I also developed a passion for agriculture and it led to my choice of career.  I learned teamwork skills while my brothers and I worked together to prepare our projects for the fair.  During my years in 4-H, I learned to meet new people, have good sportsmanship when involved in competition and develop citizen skills through community service projects.

Burt is a recent graduate of Green Mountain-Garwin High School.  He plans on attending Iowa State University with a major in animal science and pre veterinary medicine.

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