AMES — Clara Schmitz and Gracie Greiner, both from Washington County, were awarded the Orscheln 4-H Scholarship through the Iowa 4-H Foundation at the recognition ceremony Sunday, June 2, in Ames.
The Iowa 4-H Foundation has announced the recipients of over 100 Iowa 4-H scholarships valued at over $115,000. Recipients accepted their awards on Sunday, June 2 at the Foundation’s scholarship recognition ceremony held in the Scheman Building at Iowa State University. Over 400 applications were submitted and scholarships have been awarded to recipients from 50 counties across the state of Iowa with a wide variety of 4-H experiences.
Schmitz will be attending Iowa State University this fall to major in soil science and agronomy. In high school, she was involved in sports, student council, and her community alongside 4-H. She credits her 4-H experiences with helping to develop her confidence and leadership abilities as well as her passion for the agricultural industry.
“Leadership is a quality that I have tried to bring to every group throughout my high school career. Whether I am in the classroom, on the court, or in a meeting I think it is always important to show a sense of leadership to achieve our goals,” said Schmitz; an eight-year member of the Crooked Creek 4-H Club.
Greiner will be attending Iowa State University this coming fall to major in Animal Science and Pre-Vet Medicine. Throughout high school, she has been involved in FFA, volleyball, Business Professionals of America, and the National Honor Society alongside 4-H. She credits her 4-H experiences with sparking her interest in animal agriculture through her involvement inside and outside of the show ring
“While experiencing numerous situations with animals and learning how to do such things as administer a vaccination or pulling pigs, I have found that my passion is taking care of animals,” said Greiner. “The desire I have to better the lives of both the animals and people I will work with makes me eager for the future.”
“Iowa 4-H Foundation scholarships acknowledge the hard work and dedication of young people who have used their 4-H skills and experiences to ‘make the best better’ for others,” said Emily Saveraid, Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “We also are thankful for the many scholarship donors who fund these important opportunities for Iowa 4-H’ers.”
Orscheln Farm and Home L.L.C., in Moberly, Mo., provides up to five scholarships to applicants who reside in one of the following Orscheln Farm and Home trade area counties: Appanoose, Boone, Cass, Dallas, Guthrie, Henry, Jefferson, Johnson, Linn, Mahaska, Montgomery, Muscatine, Page, Wapello or Washington. Recipients must also have been active 4-H’ers during their four years of high school and must be of good character and exhibit leadership potential. A full list of all scholarship recipients can be found here. Photos of the Scholarship Reception and the award winners are available here.
The Iowa 4-H Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides the private financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs throughout the state of Iowa. These opportunities help young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication, and social skills — tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors. More information at www.iowa4hfoundation.org.