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Local student recipient of $1,000 Grundy 4-H Scholarship

Headshot of Felicity Emmerich

MORRIS, Ill – The University of Illinois Extension 4-H program in Grundy County this week announced the recipient of the 2023 Grundy County 4-H Scholarship.  Recognizing a recent graduating senior or college student in their final year of 4-H enrollment, the scholarship recognizes the achievements of a 4-H member who embodies the values and leadership skills of the 4-H program.  The recipient of this award in 2023 is Felicity Emmerich, 18, daughter of Joe and Kirstin Emmerich of Morris.

“Felicity has been an active member of the Saratoga Ag 4-H Club for eight years, and her dedication and passion for community service and leadership is inspiring,” says Brooke Katcher, 4-H Recruitment & Engagement Program Coordinator, “she is an excellent representation of what happens when youth find their ‘spark’ and grow in a supportive environment.”

Currently pursuing a major in Biology with concentrations in Pre-Med at Saint Ambrose University, Emmerich credits her 4-H experience with developing her leadership, public speaking, and communication skills:

"My 4-H experience has helped me to develop my leadership, public speaking, and communication skills tremendously. Before I joined 4-H, I did not volunteer for things, be it leadership roles or helping others, but since I joined, I have held many leadership positions in school, 4-H, and sports teams” says Emmerich, “After first experiencing the rewards of service from my 4-H service projects, I have been inspired to volunteer more in my community, including tutoring, babysitting, and coaching for free for local families and organizations."

The Grundy 4-H Scholarship: Lifetime of Leadership was created through the support of the Gore Family to encourage continued participation in the 4-H program and recognizes those individuals who embody the values of 4-H, including leadership, community service, and personal growth. The scholarship is a testament to the dedication of Grundy County 4-H and its commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders.

4-H awards over $45,000 in scholarships each year.  As the largest afterschool program in Illinois, 4-H sets the stage through supportive environments and positive youth and adult partnerships to help youth thrive. 

If you are interested in learning more about 4-H, visit or give us a call at 815-942-2725.


SOURCE:  Brooke Baker-Katcher, 4-H Recruitment & Engagement Coordinator

WRITER:  Anthony Warmack, Communications & Marketing Program Coordinator

PHOTO CAPTION & CREDIT:  Felicity Emmerich, 18 of Morris, is the recipient of the 2023 Grundy County 4-H Scholarship.  Photo Credit: Sandra Armenteros

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ABOUT ILLINOIS 4-H: Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth development program of University of Illinois Extension and administered through the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. 4-H grows true leaders, youth who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow. The hands-on approach in 4-H gives young people guidance, tools, and encouragement, and then puts them in the driver’s seat to make great things happen. Independent research confirms the unparalleled impact of the 4-H experience, demonstrating that young people are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. 

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