Several scholarships, in various amounts, will be awarded to county 4-H members at his or her high school graduation or awards program. The scholarships are sponsored by individuals or groups, and are listed as possibilities, pending funding decisions by the grantors.
One group of scholarships is given in memory of Hilda Rock, by her family. Mrs. Rock was a 4-H leader in the Cuba area for many years.
The family of Gary Eathington will sponsor a $500 scholarship to a member pursuing an Animal Science or Agriculture degree, preferably a student attending the University of Illinois. Gary was a 40-year 4-H leader from Avon, who passed away in 2012.
In memory of Roberta Mahr, a devoted former 4-H leader who passed away in 1997, a $100 scholarship will be awarded to a 4-H member. The Roberta Mahr Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Farmington Lucky Clovers 4-H Club.
In memory of Merle L. Jenkins, a dedicated supporter of youth in Fulton County, the $150 Merle L. Jenkins Agricultural Scholarship is also available, sponsored by his family.
The Virginia Barnard Memorial Scholarship will be given to one student, preferably a Canton High School student majoring in agriculture or home economics and beginning studies at Spoon River College. This $500 scholarship will be given as two $250 payments over a two-year period.
The Phillips Scholarship on the amount of $500 is sponsored by Roger and Cathy Phillips of St. David. Mr. Phillips says 4-H helped him a lot in his youth, and he wants to give back by helping a 4-H member with his/her education.
For each scholarship, the recipient must be a current 4-H member; must also be an achievement member; and must actively participate in 4-H events. The application will include a place for the 4-H member to list accomplishments and career goals. Family financial information is not required.
The scholarships will be given to seniors in high school; therefore, these scholarships can only be received once by individuals. To receive a Scholarship Application, contact the U of I Extension office in Fulton County.
For more information contact Krista Gray, 4-H program coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 309-547-3711.