4-H is the youth education program of University of Illinois Extension. Through 4-H there are several local scholarships available.

4-H is the youth education program of University of Illinois Extension. Through 4-H there are several local scholarships available.

 

These scholarships go to current Fulton County 4-H members who actively participate in 4-H events, and who have shown great accomplishments through 4-H. This year Fulton County 4-H presented scholarships to four graduates at three area high schools.

 

Four scholarships were awarded from funds donated in memory of Hilda Rock, a long-time 4-H leader from the Cuba area, by her family. Kate Hampton received a $900 scholarship from these funds, as did Craig Henderson. Jessica Tompkins received $400, and Charlie Hensley received $300. 

 

Charlie also received the the Merle L. Jenkins Memorial Agricultural Scholarship of $150. Merle L. Jenkins, a 1939 graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. Agriculture), was a long-time supporter of agriculture, youth, and education in Fulton County, including service on the Fulton County Fair Board and Lewistown School Board, agriculture teacher, and a life-long farmer in Fulton County.  As an on-going tribute to Mr. Jenkins, family and friends established The Merle L. Jenkins Memorial Agricultural Scholarship to honor him for his great love of agriculture and education throughout his life.

 

In addition, Charlie received the $500 scholarship given in memory of Gary Eathington. Gary was a 40-year 4-H leader who passed away in the fall of 2012. Gary raised cattle and was a big supporter of 4-H and the University of Illinois. 

 

Kate Hampton also received the Roberta Mahr Memorial Scholarship of $100. Roberta Mahr was a former leader of the Farmington Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, and the club continues to fund the scholarship in her memory.

 

Jessica Tompkins also received the Virginia Barnard Memorial Scholarship. Virginia was a Fulton County 4-H Leader for 69 years, who passed away in 2017. This $500 scholarship goes to a 4-H member pursuing a college education in Agriculture or Home Economics, and who is beginning studies at Spoon River College.

 

Katelyn Hampton is an eight-year member of the Busy Bees 4-H Club, and a 2019 graduate of Lewistown Community High School. Kate plans to attend Bradley University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical Concentration. She would like to become either a Prosthetic Engineer or a Cardiovascular Engineer.

 

Charlie Hensley is a 10-year 4-H member, currently in the Fairview Huskies 4-H Club. Charlie is a 2019 graduate of Bushnell-Prairie City High School. He will be attending the University of Illinois, studying Agricultural Communications. His career goals are to work in radio or television, and to educate people about agriculture and where their food comes from. He would also like to farm.

 

Craig Henderson is a 10-year 4-H member, currently in the Busy Bees 4-H Club. Craig is a 2019 graduate of Lewistown Community High School. Craig plans to attend Western Illinois University, majoring in Animal Science or Ag Business. He would like to work in the field of agriculture, preferably livestock.

 

Jessica Tompkins is a 10-year member of the Fairview Huskies 4-H Club, and a 2019 graduate of Spoon River Valley High School. Jessica plans to attend Spoon River College, majoring in Ag Communications. She would like to be a field reporter for an agriculture publication.

 

These four 4-H members are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to 4-H over the years.

 

For more information on the Fulton County 4-H Program and its vast array of activities, call 547-3711.