Thursday, August 22, 2013 —
As college and university students return to campus this month, a number of them have received scholarship assistance from the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund. The foundation has awarded $117,075 scholarships to students from 40 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
The 4-H scholarships awarded this year include renewable academic scholarships, cash awards through 4-H cumulative records programs and scholarships to attend national 4-H competitions. These scholarships are made possible by 4-H alumni, retirees and friends through their endowment or annual gifts to the foundation.
Academic scholarship winners are listed by county, along with their age, parents’ names and hometowns, scholarships received, intended majors and institution they plan to attend in the fall. Scholarships are awarded to 4-H’ers, based on 4-H excellence, academic record, recommendations and need. Scholarship winners must be full-time students.
The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 237,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,780 adult and youth volunteers.
Sarah Osborne, 20, daughter of Ron and Elizabeth Osborne of Graham, is a repeat winner of the L.R. Harrill Scholarship. A student at William Peace University, she is studying communications, with a concentration in English. The L. R. Harrill Scholarship is named for North Carolina’s first state 4-H leader. It is renewable for up to four years.
Daniel Osborne, 18, brother of Sarah, received N.C. 4-H Development Fund Scholarship for the North Central District. A recent graduate of the Hawbridge School, he will attend Roanoke College to study history. 4-H Development Fund Scholarship is funded by retired extension agents and specialists who wish to support educational opportunities for 4-H’ers.
Mattie Thompson, 17, daughter of Randy and Kristi Thompson of Liberty, received the North Central 4-H Horse Scholarship. A recent home school graduate, she will attend N.C. State University to study animal science and agroecology. Volunteers from the North Central District provide funding for the district horse scholarship.