Extension Agent: Four Goliad 4-H members capture $50,000 in scholarships
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Four members of Goliad County 4-H applied for the 4-H Opportunity Scholarship and each member was fortunate to receive a scholarship.
Makayla Bonner and Josh Henning was each awarded a 2010 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship sponsored by Richard Wallrath Education Foundation in the amount of $10,000.
Makayla has been a 4-H member for nine years and was involved in photography, dog care and training, poultry and sheep projects. She held offices in the Stampede 4-H Club then the Berclair 4-H Club. She also held an office at the county level.
Josh has been a 4-H member for 10 years, and was involved in photography, beef, swine and shooting sports. He also competed in livestock judging. He held several offices in the Stampede 4-H Club and several offices on the county level.
Kayla DeBord and Katelynn Jacob were each awarded a 2010 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship sponsored by Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the amount of $15,000.
Kayla has been a 4-H member for nine years and was involved in the rabbit, food and nutrition, and archery projects. She held several offices in the Lakewood 4-H Club.
Katelynn has been a 4-H member for 10 years and is involved in food and nutrition, clothing and textiles and the rabbit project. She has also held offices in the Weesatche 4-H club and on the county level as well.
The scholarships were four of 223 totaling almost $2.2 million awarded by the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation during the 2010 Opportunity Awards Ceremony on June 11 in Bryan's Brazos County Exposition Center.
The scholarship recipients were selected from 354 who applied, said Jim Reeves, executive director for the Foundation, which is the organization responsible for coordinating the program and for resource development for the Texas 4-H program. He said the scholarship application process began last January.
The Foundation's scholarship program has 40 donors including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate, Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo and the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, along with the Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation, individuals, corporations, foundations, producer associations, Texas AgriLife Extension Service professional associations, individual honorary funds and individual bequests.
Reeves said the donors share the foundation's vision of investing in the future of Texas youth by helping them pursue an education, which in turn, should eventually benefit their communities, state, country and world. The scholarships range from $500-$16,000.
"Scholarships are provided to assist 4-H members who will attend universities and colleges throughout the state," Reeves said. "The scholarship program is a celebration of achievement for 4-H members across Texas. It recognizes the development of qualities inherent to the Texas 4-H program - personal responsibility, civic responsibility and leadership. The program rewards hard work and dedication of young people involved in 4-H."
The Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation Opportunity Scholarship Program is the nation's largest 4-H scholarship program. It began as a single $1,000 scholarship given by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1959.
The Opportunity Scholarship Program was a highlight of the 2010 Texas 4-H Roundup, which was held mainly on the Texas A&M University Campus June 7-11.
The Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose members promote and support youth development in leadership, vocational skills, social skills and citizenship. The Foundation's board is a diverse group of 41 trustees who share a common passion for improving the lives of Texas youth. Trustees work to secure private funding to support scholarships and programs for Texas 4-H youth.
Brian Yanta is the Goliad County Extension agent.