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Searles Family Scholarship Recipient: Megan Vehrenkamp

Meet a Minnesota 4-H scholar.

Megan Vehrenkamp is from Dover in Olmsted County. She attends Winona State University and is the recipient of the Searles Family Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.

Megan was a member of the Eyota Wonder Workers 4-H club. During her time as a member of this club, she served in two different officer roles: secretary and vice president.

Community service was a huge aspect of Megan’s 4-H career. Every fall and spring, Megan and her fellow club members participated in roadside clean-up around the Dover-Eyota Elementary and High Schools. One of Megan’s favorite community service projects was preparing snack bags for the Ronald McDonald House near the Mayo Clinic. The 4-H club would meet to discuss what they would put in the bags as well as decorating the outside of the bags. Next, Megan and the club would stuff the bags and drop them off to the kids at the Ronald McDonald House.

“Making the snack bags is the highlight of our winter meetings and personally one of my favorite things we can do. I can’t imagine what the kids staying at the Ronald McDonald House are going through, and if this small gesture can help to brighten their day, it’s all definitely worth it.”

Additional service projects Megan was a part of included ringing bells for the Salvation Army and painting rooms at the Civic League Day Nursey in Rochester, Minnesota.

Outside of 4-H, Megan has worked at a bakery specializing in decorating and selling cupcakes. Megan passion for baking and her work experience has helped her find a career path. She is majoring in Business Administration, hoping to gain knowledge necessary to own a successful bakery business.

Megan appreciates the skills and confidence 4-H has instilled in her over the years. Participating in speeches, project judging, and showing cattle has helped Megan come out of her shell and gain the confidence in herself to pursue her dreams. These positive impacts have changed Megan forever.

“I would like to stay involved with 4-H, have my own kids be a part of a club. That way they can learn the values of being a member of a club and serving the community.”

Megan would like all youth to gain valuable friendships that will last a lifetime, have rewarding experiences, and feel a sense of accomplishment. Just like 4-H did for her.

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