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Jones County 4-H'ers Receive Hills Bank and Trust Scholarship


AMES, Iowa – A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to two Jones County students, Seth Ballou and Abby Jensen.

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.

Seth Ballou, Monticello, is the son of Robert Ballou and Janet Martin.  He has been involved in activities including golf, baseball and band.  He was also a member of the National Honor Society and FFA. 

“The skills I gained through the leadership training have helped me as a high school senior and will be very valuable in my college activities,” Ballou said.  “The workshops gave me the opportunity to meet other young leaders from eastern Iowa.”

A recent graduate of Monticello High School, Ballou plans to continue his studies at Iowa State University in business.

Abby Jensen, Monticello, is the daughter of Larry and Lori Jensen.  She has been a part of the volleyball team, community service, drama, speech and International Club.  She was recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor, Iowa Scholar, Kirkwood Community College Dean’s List and a member of the National Honor Society.  She has been in leadership positions as a student council secretary, treasurer and the District 1 Platform Committee Secretary.

“The Hills Bank Leadership training program helped me have some formal discussions about being a good leader,” Jensen said.  “As a leader, one needs to know how to work with different types of people and how to relate information to different types of people.  Leaders need to be able to create a positive, organized working environment for others so the task can get done.  I learned all of these things through the training program.”

A recent graduate of Monticello High School, Jensen plans to continue her studies at Iowa State University, majoring in chemical engineering.

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