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Iowa County 4-H’ers Receive Hills Bank and Trust Company Leadership Grants


AMES, Iowa – A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to two Iowa County 4-H’ers, Nate Jones and Sarah McWilliams.

The Hills Bank and Trust Company Leadership Grant 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.

Nate Jones, Williamsburg, is the son of Terry and Susan Jones. In high school he was involved in marching, concert and pep band, football, track, soccer and FFA while exhibiting livestock at the Iowa State Fair and staying active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He also served as a 4-H camp counselor, Iowa 4-H Technology Team member, Citizenship-Washington Focus delegate and president of his 4-H club and county youth council. An academic letter winner, Jones was an honor roll student, received the Zentmire Award, has been named a Christina Hixson Scholar and planned and held a beef showmanship clinic for his county’s 4-H’ers.

“The training program has helped me to become a better leader. Now I want to take on more leadership roles and opportunities,” he said. “In college, I plan to seek out and take advantage of programs in which I can use the skills I’ve learned to become a more well-rounded person.”

A recent graduate of Williamsburg High School, Jones plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural business.

Sarah McWilliams, Homestead, is the daughter of Greg and Donna McWilliams. She was involved in Sirens, musicals, choir, church choir and youth group, served as captain of the swim and dance teams and was a member of the National Honor Society executive board in high school. An All-Iowa Dance Team member, she has received Academic All-Conference swimming honors and been recognized as an outstanding show choir performer. McWilliams also has been a KWWL Best of Class 2009 recipient and governor’s scholar while being nominated to serve as her show choir’s dance captain.

“The training program has changed me by forcing me to step out of my comfort zone,” she said. “Now as I head off to college, I will be more outgoing and able to make new friends and build lasting relationships.”

A recent graduate of Williamsburg High School, McWilliams plans to attend Luther College to major in nursing.

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

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