The Illinois 4-H Foundation provided $29,000 in college scholarships and awarded another $20,000 in national conference travel scholarships to 4-H members honored at a ceremony held recently in Champaign. The annual celebration recognized over 100 of the top participants in the state’s most successful youth development program.
“Our donors are generous and believe that higher education changes lives,” said Angie Barnard, Foundation executive director. Donors include Farm Credit Illinois, Nann Armstrong, Patricia Clickener, Lila Jeanne Eichelberger, the Nellie R. McCannon Trust, Keith and Lissa Parr, Dorsey Murray, George Obernagel, Legacy endowment contributors, LA-CO, Illinois Farm Bureau, Peter Johnson, Susan Moore, Katherine Razim, Ryan and Elaine Ruwe, Marvin and Elizabeth Schnitzler, Gerald and Linda Thiele, Lindsay Young, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation.
Illinois 4-H Foundation presents the Legacy of Leadership Scholarship to 4-H members who demonstrate and maintain a high standard of 4-H excellence and mastery during their membership tenure. Winners include Hannah Barger, Pope County; Emma Behrens, McHenry County; Xen Briggs, DuPage County; Megan Brown, Vermilion County; Alexander Ford, DuPage County; Gwen Fowler, Mercer County; Devin Koester, Jo Daviess County; Emma Konicek, Kendall County; Katherine Mueller, Peoria County; Josh Rossi, Grundy County; Molly Schempp, Logan County; Jaycie Schertz, Woodford County; Patrick Stephen, Kane County; Nalia Warmack, Grundy County; and Cooper Wilt, Knox County.
“Our awardees embody the true spirit of 4-H, having made a difference not only in their communities, but also Illinois and the nation,” said Lisa Diaz, University of Illinois Extension assistant dean and director of Illinois 4-H. “We are proud of the dedication, service and fortitude of the young men and women who have developed through our 4-H programs.”
Local winner from Woodford County, Jaycie Schertz’ leadership talents make her a high performer in her beef, goats, rabbits, poultry, clothing, foods, tractor, veterinary science and health projects. Jaycie studies Ag business and Elementary Education at Lake Land College, with hopes to earn a 4-year degree and return home to the family grain and livestock farm.
“4-H has shaped me into the person I am today, and I fully thank the 4-H program for the countless opportunities provided for me,” said Jaycie.