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Featured 4-H Scholar: Ryan Riebel

Meet Ryan Riebel, a chemistry major at Southwest Minnesota State University, 4-H alum from Le Sueur County and 2014 recipient of the Ada & Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.

Ryan has been very active in Le Sueur County 4-H. He has served as his club’s treasurer, recreation leader, historian and reporter. For two years he worked as a 4-H camp counselor and has proudly served as a county 4-H ambassador as well. His main 4-H project areas are shooting sports & wildlife management, dairy & market goats, performing arts, photography and fishing sports.

“My 4-H projects have taught me patience and respect for animals. And the performing arts and demonstration experiences I have had through 4-H have really honed my public speaking skills.”

Ryan is an active volunteer, both through 4-H and his local church. He has packed meals for children living in poverty with Kids Against Hunger and Feed My Starving Children. He’s also participated in the 30 Hour Famine and Operation Christmas Child campaigns.

“Volunteers are an important part of organizations that make a difference in our communities. Many college students feel they don't have time to do any volunteering but I help out where I can.”

Ryan graduated with a 3.7 GPA from Tri-City United High-School. He chose chemistry as his college major because he would like to find ways of creating environmentally-friendly chemicals. He hopes to use his training and skills at a Minnesota-based company after graduation.

Congratulations to Ryan Riebel for winning the Schroeder Scholarship award from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation!

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

by Erin Kelly-Collins
Alumni coordinator
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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