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Keokuk County 4-H’er Receives Hills Bank and Trust Company Leadership Grant


AMES, Iowa – A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to Eryn Utterback, a Keokuk County 4-H'er.

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.

Utterback, Sigourney, is the daughter of Larry and Kathy Utterback. In high school she was a volleyball and basketball co-captain, president of the National Honor Society and student council and class president. She also was involved in 4-H and peer tutoring, received her Iowa FFA Degree and received the Iowa’s Governor’s Award and KWWL’s Best of Class 2009 recognition.

“The training program helped me recognize my strengths and weaknesses as a leader and how I can improve,” she said. “It helped me see that I really love to help and lead people, and that has helped me consider majoring in social work.”

A recent graduate of Sigourney High School, Utterback plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa.

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