Extension News

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

7/9/2009

AMES, Iowa – A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to Bailie Bonnichsen, a Louisa 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.

Bonnichsen, Grandview, is the daughter of Craig and Dana Bonnichsen. In high school she was involved in track, cross country, student council, band and served as president of the senior class and National Honor Society. She also received first team All-Conference honors in softball and first team All-Conference and All-District honors in basketball.

“The leadership program has helped me become more comfortable with meeting new people and talking in front of a group,” she said. “It also taught me to speak up when I have an idea but always listen to others.”

A recent graduate of Louisa-Muscatine High School, Bonnichsen plans to attend Iowa State University to major in graphic design.

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.

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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