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Olmsted County 4-H'er Ryan Kohlmeyer receives Kern Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation

Meet Ryan Kohlmeyer, a graduate of Century High School in Rochester, 4-H alum from Olmsted County and 2015 recipient of the Kern Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.

Ryan has been an active member of 4-H throughout Olmsted County. He has taken on multiple leadership roles, including president, secretary, and photographer for the New Haven Sodbusters 4-H Club, and president and treasurer on the Olmsted County 4-H Federation. In the 13 years that he has been a part of 4-H, Ryan has been involved in countless projects, the most memorable being his “Care Blankets” Project where he was awarded $350 to create 73 blankets for the youth patients at Mayo Eugenio-Litta Hospital in Rochester.
Outside of 4-H, Ryan was very active in sports and music programs at his high school. He participated in track and cross country, as well as the pep band and drum line at Century High School. He was also president of Key Club, and was a founding member of the FREED Club (Face, Recognize, and Educate about Eating Disorders). He was also a 3-year participant of his school’s Model United Nations.

“Ryan has demonstrated a true interest in science and a talent for logic and reason. I am most impressed with his tenacity and thoughtfulness in pursuing his areas of interest,” said Cheryl Moertel, Ryan’s biology and chemistry instructor at Century High School. “He works well with others, has demonstrated leadership ability and always strives for excellence.”

In addition to the Kern scholarship from the Minnesota4-H Foundation, Ryan has been the recipient of several prestigious 4-H awards at both county and state level including a State Fair Purple Ribbon for his excellence in Aerospace and Youth Leadership projects, a Minnesota 4-H State Foundation Helping Hands Small Grant, and the Top Record Winner for Olmsted County. He was selected to be a representative of Minnesota during the Washington D.C. Citizenship Focus Trip in 2013, and was also the March Youth Leader of Month in 2015 for his county.

Ryan attends Winona State University, and plans to graduate with a B.S. in Composite Engineering before pursuing a career in the aerospace industry. He has no plans, however, to cease activity in his community, and hopes to inspire others with his work.

“I plan to continue to be involved in my community through clubs and organizations that benefit others,” mentioned Ryan in his application. “4-H has taught me how to be comfortable with myself and continue to give to others.”


Congratulations to Ryan Kohlmeyer for winning the Kern Scholarship award!

Each year the Minnesota 4-H Foundation distributes more than $20,000 through a competitive scholarship application process. If you are interested in helping to provide scholarships for college-bound 4-H’ers, please contact Erin Kelly-Collins at 612-624-7667 or erinkc@umn.edu.

By Eunice Lin
Minnesota 4-H Foundation





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