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Beltrami County 4-H'er Camille Grey Receives Kern Scholarship

Camille Grey, a recent graduate of Bemidji High School, is the most recent recipient of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation’s Kern Scholarship.

Camille attends the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities, pursuing a B.A. in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. She has a passion for alleviating injustices in the world, and believes understanding is key.

"I’m hoping to obtain a better grasp of the interdisciplinary forces that compound with biology to produce human nature as it relates to violence," Camille said.

To her, a college education means securing greater understanding of what she does and learning how to best approach world issues she does not understand.

During Camille’s 4-H career, she was primarily involved in poultry and swine projects, but also liked to try new things she found interesting or that peaked her interest. In sixth grade, she worked with copper wire to determine sex in embryonic quail.

She calls seventh grade "the year of chocolate chip cookies," when she gave a speech about their invention and charted the history of chocolate chip cookies for a project.

Each year in 4-H, Camille explored new topics and conducted experiments, always seeking to expand her understanding.

Camille with a purple ribbon project at the Minnesota State Fair
"4-H provided me with a platform and prompts I needed to pursue interests I otherwise would have had no reason to pursue. Through 4-H I discovered passions I continue to chase today. The love of understanding 4-H fostered in me remains strong and directs my academic and professional plans."

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Camille would like to earn a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, which will allow her a concrete mapping of data. Data mapping is a method of connecting seemingly unrelated information so that understanding may prevail.

After completing her Ph.D., Camille would like to be a college professor or researcher, with a community of experts surrounding and encouraging her to keep discovering new things.

We are impressed by Camille’s drive and passion for learning. We hope the Kern Scholarship will help connect Camille with her dreams!

Congratulations Camille!

Laura Wyatt
Minnesota 4-H Foundation
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