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2015 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation's 2015 scholarship recipients. These nine outstanding 4-H youth and alumni from across Minnesota stood out among the 87 individuals who submitted applications.

 Kern Scholarship recipients

  • Anna Johnson, Wadena County – Anna will be attending the University of Minnesota –Crookston studying agronomy and agricultural education. She will graduate with a 3.9 GPA from Sebeka High School and is active in the Ambitious 4-H Club, Wadena County 4-H Ambassadors, Leader’s Council and Horse Project Development Area. She is a passionate youth volunteer in the local 4-H afterschool program.
  • Ryan Kohlmeyer, Olmsted County – Ryan will be attending Winona State University studying composite engineering. He will graduate from Century High School with a 3.76 GPA. He is highly active in the New Haven Sodbusters 4-H Club and is engaged in various county, state and national 4-H programs.

David E. Pace and Valerie Halverson Pace Leadership Scholarship recipient

  • Logan Johnson, Traverse County – Logan just completed his freshman year at South Dakota State University studying animal science, meat science, food safety and Spanish. He was an engaged member of Super Sprouts 4-H Club and served in leadership roles with the Traverse County 4-H Ambassadors and Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors. He is currently serving as a Youth Program Quality Assessments volunteer.

Ada and Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship recipient

  • Emily Clarke, Lincoln County – Emily will be attending the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities studying physiology and biology. She will graduate from Lincoln/Canby High School with a 4.0 GPA. Emily has been active in the Ivanhoe Greenleaf 4-H Club, served as an officer in the Lincoln County 4-H Leader’s Council and participates in the local Distinguished Young Women program.
  • Natalie Sayles, Mower County –Natalie will be attending the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities studying mechanical engineering. She is graduating from Austin High School with a 4.22 GPA and is being recognized as a High Distinction Graduate. She has served in officer roles as a member of the Enterprise 4-H Club and currently sits on the Mower County 4-H Advisory Board.

CCI Innovation in Agriculture Scholarship recipient

  • Brian Prchal, Le Sueur County – Brian will be attending South Dakota State University studying agricultural engineering and mechanical engineering. He will graduate from New Prague Area High School with a 3.90 GPA. He has participated in national 4-H experiences and is on a team competing in Minnesota 4-H’s Science of Agriculture Challenge. He has also served extensively with his local 4-H club and at the county level.

Searles Family Scholarship recipient
  • Jake Borst, Olmsted County – Jake will be attending the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities studying food science. He will graduate from Dover-Eyota High School with a 3.5 GPA. He is a youth leader in the Burr Oak Beavers 4-H Club and has participated in national 4-H experiences in citizenship and dairy. He enjoys bringing elementary age students to his family farm to teach them about agriculture.

4-H Adult Scholarship recipients

  • Heidi Schaefer, Mille Lacs County – Heidi will be pursuing a degree in nursing. She is a 4-H alum from Benton County and an eight year volunteer with Mille Lacs County 4-H.
  • Jeanne Verhoef, Anoka County – Jeanne will be studying in the pharmaceutical technician program at Anoka Ramsey Community College. She is a 4-H alum from Iowa and was a 10-year parent in the Anoka County 4-H program.

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is committed to continuing development efforts so that additional scholarships can be available for college-bound 4-H youth and alumni. If you know of an individual or business who would be interested in sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Erin Kelly-Collins at 612-624-7667 /

Erin Kelly-Collins
Alumni Coordinator
Minnesota 4-H Foundation
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