The Iowa 4-H Foundation has announced the recipients of 72 Iowa 4-H college scholarships valued at over $70,000. Recipients were on hand to accept their awards on Sunday, June 7 at the Annual Scholarship Reception held on the campus of Iowa State University. Scholarship applications were evaluated based on the applicant’s 4-H participation, academic accomplishments, financial need as well as other criteria established by the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the scholarship donors. A record number of 472 applications were submitted from 93 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Scholarship recipients represented 35 counties from across the state of Iowa with a wide variety of 4-H experiences.
“We are always inspired by our scholarship recipients and the impact they have had on their communities,” said Albert Grunenwald, Iowa 4-H Foundation Executive Director.
“We are proud to work with many different donors to provide opportunities to invest in the futures of these students. We know that these 4-H’ers will continue to make a difference regardless of where they go to school or what they study.”
In Black Hawk County, Katelyn Samuelson, a 2011 graduate of Union High School, was awarded a $1,000 Lloyd, Inc. 4-H Scholarship.
Attending Iowa State University, Katelyn has recently been accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine. She recognizes 4-H for her preparation for her coursework and career choice.
“The skills and life lessons I gained through 4-H are innumerable and have set me a step ahead of my peers both in and out of school,” she stated.
Katelyn has participated in numerous clubs and organizations at Iowa State University including Block and Bridle, Pre-Vet Club and Collegiate 4-H. She plans to stay involved with 4-H locally as a volunteer and helping youth with their projects.
Samuelson is the daughter of Bart and Amy Samuelson.