AMES, Iowa – A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to three Iowa County students. Brandt Heitman, Dana Jensen and Jessie Scott each 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.
Brandt Heitman, Williamsburg, is the son of Loring and Theresa Heitman. He has been involved in choir, show choir, basketball, track, FFA, DECA and 4-H. He was an Academic All-Conference award winner, two-time national DECA qualifier, senior class president, 4-H president and DECA secretary.
“[The Hills Bank Leadership training program] has shown me ways to become a more positive leader and how to take advantage of leadership opportunities, to better myself and others around me,” Heitman said.
A recent graduate of Williamsburg High School, Heitman plans to continue his studies at Iowa State University, majoring in architecture.
Dana Jensen, Marengo, is the daughter of James and Dayle Jensen. She has been involved in Iowa Girl’s State, Iowa Agriculture Youth Institute, FFA, 4-H, speech, drama and golf. Jensen has taken advantage of leadership opportunities by serving as 4-H president, treasurer, reporter and activities director. She also served as vice-president, secretary and reporter for FFA.
“When I first started the training program, I had a pretty good idea that I wanted to do something in agriculture and stay in Iowa. It was through the training program that I realized I wanted to stay in Iowa for most, if not the rest of my life. I still have dreams of traveling and seeing the world, but I always want to return home to Iowa."
A recent graduate of Iowa Valley Jr./ Sr. High School, Jensen plans to attend Iowa State University, majoring in agricultural education.
Jessie Scott, Marengo, is the daughter of Ann Bigbee and Charlie Scott. She has been involved in leadership as class president, a homecoming/prom/graduation organizer and an elementary student mentor. She has also been involved in cheerleading, volleyball, choir and track.
“The Hills Bank Leadership training program has helped to make me a better leader and communicator.”
A recent graduate of Iowa Valley High School, Scott plans on attending Drake University, majoring in communication.
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