Ten 4-H’ers share $80,000 in scholarships

The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has awarded the largest monetary scholarship in 4-H Alberta’s history.

Through the 2018 Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship, the foundation has awarded $80,000 in scholarships to 10 Alberta rural farm youth for their studies that began in the fall of 2018. The scholarship was originally established in 2008, thanks to the generosity and leadership of Lillian and Edward Ness who had an unmatched passion for 4-H.

The winning recipients of the 2018 Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship are:

First place ($20,000): Talia Beckie (Rocky View County); second place ($15,000): Isaiah Roemmele (Claresholm); third place ($10,000): Leah Trenson (Rimbey); and fourth to 10th places ($5,000 each): Carter Bodell (Fort Saskatchewan), Odessa Kopp (Duchess), Devin Ewasiw (Thorhild), Ashley Ganske (Millet), Katelyn Imbery (Stettler), Cheyenne Porter (Wainwright), and Emily Taylor (Manning).

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“The scholarship gives me the freedom to pursue my academic dreams without having to worry about financial limitations,” said first-place winner Beckie. “If Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Lillian Ness were here with us today, I would tell them how inspired I am to live up to their legacy and that I hope to make them proud.”

In 2019, another $80,000 will be awarded to 10 successful scholarship applicants, who must be Alberta rural farm youth (25 years of age and younger), have completed high school, and enrolled as a first-year student at an acknowledged post-secondary institution. The scholarship is designed to help rural farm youth who must leave home to pursue a post-secondary education or trade.

The application deadline is June 30. Application forms are available on the 4-H Alberta website.

The 4-H Foundation of Alberta was formed in 1977 as a non-profit charitable foundation to build and operate the Alberta 4-H Centre. Today, a big part of its work is the overview and management of scholarships as well as fundraising efforts to support 4-H Alberta’s youth programs and events.

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