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Muscatine County 4-H'er Receives Hills Bank and Trust Company Scholarship


AMES, Iowa – A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Muscatine County 4-h'er.  Drake Austin, Wilton, received a Hills Bank 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company.

The Hills Bank 4-H Scholarship is awarded to as many as 20 students each year. The recipients, who apply during their junior year in high school, attend nine hours of leadership training sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company during their senior year. Afterward, they receive $500 per semester for two years. The scholarship may be used at any of Iowa's accredited universities, colleges or community colleges.

“The Hills Bank Leadership training program really helped to open my eyes to the world.  I have learned about working with and meeting new people,” Austin said.  “I have also learned a lot about myself.  I can now better understand myself and what I need from other people, as well as what they may need from me.  I feel extremely lucky to be able to participate in this program, and it will really benefit me in my future.”

Austin is the son of Tom and Denise Austin.  He was involved in National Honor Society, student council, 4-H, youth group, key club and the Wilton School Improvement Advisory Committee.  He earned recognition for being a State of Iowa scholar and an Iowa Governor’s Scholarship Recognition recipient. 

A recent graduate of Wilton High School, Austin plans on attending the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in physics with a minor in mathematics.

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) 294-0775, dneff@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu