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

8/26/2008

AMES, Iowa – A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to two Linn County 4-H'ers, Anna Grimley and Trent Rasmussen.

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.

Anna Grimley of Springville, has been involved in State 4-H Youth Council, band, choir, cheerleading, golf, speech and student senate and has served as a page for the Iowa Senate. She is also a Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award and aerospace State 4-H Project Award recipient and has served as her county 4-H council president, sudent body president and delegate to the National 4-H Conference.

“I’ve learned how to meet and stay connected with people across the states and how to get things done in a large group for a common goal,” Grimley, the daughter of Jeff and Lee Ann Grimley, said.

 A recent graduate of Springville High School, Grimley plans to attend Iowa State University to major in engineering.

Trent Rasmussen, of Lisbon,  is the son of Russ and Deb Rasmussen.

“Through the leadership skills I’ve gained in the program, I’ve organized two mini-dance marathons to raise over $6,000 for kids with cancer at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital,” Rasmussen said. “I delegated responsibilities to others in the school so that the event will still continue even after I graduate. It was very gratifying to help people in need.”

During his high school career, Rasmussen has been involved in several major activities including mini-dance marathon, football, baseball, track, basketball, DARE Role Model, student council and speech. His achievements include All-District Football, All-District Baseball, Individual Events All-State Speech, District Football-Most Valuable Player and All-Conference Baseball. He has also received state recognition as the All-State Football quarterback and takes advantage of leadership opportunities by serving as president of the student council and National Honor Society.

A recent graduate of Lisbon High School, Rasmussen plans to attend Wartburg College, majoring in psychology.

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) 294-0775, dneff@iastate.edu

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