4-H Scholarship Recipients Announced
Posted: November 16, 2015
Since 1994, 216 4-H youth have received a 4-H scholarship. Because of the fund raising efforts of 4-H members, leaders, supporters of 4-H and generous businesses, nine $900 scholarships were awarded this year.
Receiving the William C. Kelly Scholarship is Olivia Aten of Belle Vernon, PA. Olivia has been in 4-H for 9 years and is a member of the Covered Bridge 4-H Club, Travel All Club, Junior Horse Show Committee, and Teen Leadership Council. Her different roles and involvement in 4-H has helped her develop many skills including leadership and communication. She believes one of the most important things she has learned from 4-H is the value of community service. Olivia plans to use all of her experiences in 4-H, and expound upon them in college. She plans to pursue a degree in agricultural education with the hopes of helping other young people achieve their goals.
Receiving the Joseph Thurston Scholarship is Katrina Long of New Alexandria, PA. Kat has been a 4-H member for 6 years and is a member of the New Alexandria Ag. Club and currently serves as the President of the Teen Leadership Council. She has participated in many different project areas including dairy goat, dairy cow, and riflery. Kat believes 4-H has given her the skills and the confidence needed to reach for her goals. She plans to pursue a degree in animal science from Penn State University, and then continue her education with hopes of being a veterinarian.
Receiving the Rachel Parker Scholarship is Emily Verner of Saltsburg, PA. Emily has been a 4-H Member for 11 years and is an active member of the Salem Saddle 4-H Horse Club and the 4-H Junior Horse Show Committee. She has completed both a performance horse project, as well as working with a junior horse in the production project. Her role as a counselor at 4-H Horse Camp has helped develop her leadership skills and allowed her to have a positive influence on the younger horse members who look up to her. She has had many experiences in 4-H, including the opportunity to represent Westmoreland County on the National Level participating in the National 4-H Hippology Competition. Emily is a sophomore at the University of Dayton where she is studying to be a Physicians Assistant.
Receiving the Floyd Snyder Scholarship is Abigail Welch of Mount Pleasant, PA. Abigail has been a 4-H member for 10 years, participating in the Trailblazers 4-H Horse Club and the Junior Horse Show Committee. Her main project in 4-H has been the horse project. Abby believes 4-H has been an important part of her life, allowing her to develop as an individual, and teaching her leadership and responsibility. She is planning on using those skills she has learned through 4-H and pursue a career as an elementary school guidance counselor. Her caring personality and dedication to helping others will continue.
Receiving 4-H Memorial Scholarships:
Samantha Dickson of Jeannette, PA has been a 4-H member for 9 years as a part of the Laurel Mountain Horse Club and the Brush Creek 4-H Club. Her project work has included horse and riflery. She has been a part of the 4-H Horse Camp. Samantha always displays good sportsmanship, whether she is competing with her horse or on the rifle range. She sets a good example by her dedication and work ethic. These qualities will help her not only with her 4-H career but her career beyond the 4-H project. She plans to pursue a career in nursing, to continue to help others.
Morgan Patrick of Murrysville, PA has been a 4-H member for 5 years participating in the Blazing Saddles 4-H club and the 4-H Teen Leadership Council. Her project areas have included horse and leadership. Through the horse project Morgan has learned what it takes to care for and own a horse, and the responsibilities that go along with it. The Teen Leadership Council has helped Morgan develop her leadership skills, and her public speaking abilities. She attended the Pennsylvania State 4-H Capital Days, and that helped her solidify her career choice. She has always been interested in politics and government, but after Capital Days she is hoping to one day pursue a job as a government representative.
Madison Aten of Belle Vernon, PA is a 4-H member in the Covered Bridge 4-H Club, Travel All 4-H, and Teen Leadership Council. Her project areas include archery, leadership, and rabbit. Through participating in 4-H Madison has learned self-confidence and developed leadership skills. With the Travel All club Madison was able to travel to Louisiana for 10 days and learn about their culture and experience new things. She enjoys helping others, and values community service. She hopes to continue helping others by pursuing a career as a Physician’s Assistant.
Marque Piper of Latrobe PA has been a 4-H member for 10 years as a part of the New Alexandria Ag 4-H Club. Her project work with livestock has included market goats, meat pen rabbits, market lambs, and breeding and market hogs. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of caring for animals with others and guiding newcomers in 4-H. Marque believes 4-H has influenced her life by teaching her to maintain a positive attitude and reach her goals. Her experiences in 4-H have led her to decide to pursue a career as a Physician’s assistant where she can continue to help others.
Alexis Nicole Fleming of Manor, PA has been a 4-H member in the Brush Creek 4-H Club for the past 9 years. Her project work has been with Shooting Sports, including Archery and Shotgun. Her experiences in 4-H have helped her to develop leadership skills. She enjoys mentoring the younger members in the Brush Creek Club and helping them to learn about safety while perfecting their skills. Alexis will be representing Westmoreland County this year in the Recurve Archery competition at the 4-H National Shooting Sports competition. Alexis plans to continue to mentor and teach youth by pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education.