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Boone County 4-H Member Receives Schmalenberger 4-H Scholarship


AMES, Iowa – A $1,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Boone County 4-H member. Jacob Venner, Boone, has received a Schmalenberger 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Carl Schmalenberger Memorial Funds.

Venner, a nine-year member, is the son of Thomas and Julie Venner. He has been involved in the horticulture and ag and natural resources project areas and has received three gold seals and one silver seal in communications at the state level. He also has been awarded blue state-level ribbons for self determined and citizenship projects along with hornet, spirit, merit, outstanding freshman and intermediate beef showmanship awards at the local level. A county council member, Venner has served as both president and vice president of his club and attended the Citizenship-Washington Focus and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has given me a chance to experience new opportunities so that I have a better understanding of who I am,” he said. “Several years ago I gave an educational presentation at the state fair regarding the production of cellulosic ethanol. Through researching this topic I discovered I had a great interest in being involved in the technological side of biorenewables. 4-H made it possible for me to match my love for science with my experiences in agriculture.”

A recent graduate of Boone High School, Venner plans to attend Iowa State University and major in ag and biosystems 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

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