AMES, Iowa – A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Louisa County 4-H'er. Dakota Hoben, Wapello, 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.
“Through this program, I have gained a better understanding of my talents and a better idea of goals I have for myself, professionally as well as personally,” Hoben said. “Beginning with the end in mind will give me the opportunity to decide my own future and be comfortable with myself, no matter where I am in life."
Hoben is the son of Bryan and Jill Hoben. He has been involved with FFA, student council, Big Brother, speech, band, basketball, football and golf. He was recognized as an area winner for the National Council on Youth Leadership, Quad City Times Youth Salute Leadership nominee and the Burlington Hawkeye Citizen Scholar award. He also served as president of the National Honor Society, president of his local FFA chapter, class vice-president and 4-H president.
A recent graduate of Louisa-Muscatine High School, Hoben plans to continue his studies at Iowa State University, majoring in agricultural business and political science.
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