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Palo Alto County 4-H Member Receives Olson 4-H Scholarship


AMES, Iowa – A $500 scholarship has been awarded to a Palo Alto County 4-H member. Kara Strand, Cylinder, has received the Phyllis J. Olson 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Phyllis J. Olson 4-H Scholarship Fund through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Strand, a nine-year member, is the daughter of Jerry and Kathryn Strand. She was involved in the home improvement, clothing, swine, communication and food and nutrition project areas and received a seal of excellence for multiple working exhibits and blue ribbons for several projects at the state level. A county and area 4-H council member, Strand attended the Citizenship Washington Focus and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and served as club president. She also received the “I Dare You,” communication, leadership, citizenship, achievement and merit awards on the local level.

“4-H has had a tremendous role in molding and shaping me into the person I am today and the qualities I possess,” she said. “It has strengthened my communication and leadership skills. It has also taught me how to take accurate records and develop responsibility for my work and has encouraged development of my organizational skills. All these things that I have developed due to 4-H have helped me plan and prepare myself to become a successful dietitian in the future.”

A junior at Iowa State University, Strand is majoring in dietetics and is actively involved on campus in the ISU Student Dietetic Association, Nutrition Club, Relay for Life, Honors Program and as an undergraduate research assistant while maintaining her place in the top 2 percent of the College of Human Sciences with a 4.0 grade point average.

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

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

Caitlyn Miller, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, millercm@iastate.edu

Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, hmac@iastate.edu