The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has awarded $80,000 to Alberta rural farm youth who must leave home to pursue a post-secondary education or trade.
The awards, the largest monetary scholarships given out by 4-H Alberta come from Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship (which was created by Lillian and Edward Ness in honour of Mrs. Ness’s parents).
Jade Nelson of Stirling received a $20,000 scholarship, Carter Reed of Delia received $15,000 and Shelby DeSmet of Spirit River received $10,000. Seven others received $5,000: Adele Beaudoin (Red Deer County), Bethany Clark (Bassano), Koryn Duncan (Coronation), Brookelyn Felske (Busby), Samantha Hutchings (Sturgeon County), Tiana Miller (Blackie) and Bryanne Peltzer (Duchess)
“It’s pretty stressful to move out and start university and this scholarship has really helped ease some of my worries about how I would be able to survive university financially,” said Nelson. “Most of all, I am grateful for the opportunities that have arisen because of this scholarship. Next summer instead of simply focusing on trying to make enough money to pay for another year of school, I am hoping to go on a humanitarian trip to help people in developing countries as well as gain new experiences to help prepare me for the years to come.”
The 2020 edition of the scholarship will start taking applications on May 1. The application form can be found at 4h.ab.ca.