CORVALLIS - The Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at Oregon State University has awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to seven Oregon 4-H members.
The scholarships are given in recognition of their achievements as a 4-H member and to provide incentive for further education, according to Jim Rutledge, 4-H program leader.
"It's so rewarding to be able to help outstanding members continue the education they began eight or nine years ago, even after they finish their time as a member," Rutledge said.
The challenge for the 4-H program is to find enough scholarships to help a larger number of deserving 4-H graduates from around the state, Rutledge added. Anyone interested in learning more about how they can contribute to the expansion of the 4-H scholarship program may contact either the State 4-H Office at 541-737-2421, or the Oregon 4-H Foundation at 541-737-2602 in Corvallis.
The scholarship recipients are:
- CENTRAL POINT: Jason Krebs, son of Michael and Lisa Krebs, received the $6,000 Leo G. Spitzbart scholarship. Spitzbart was the manager of the Oregon State Fair from 1935 to 1957. The award is given to an outstanding 4-H member who has participated in State Fair and plans to attend OSU. Krebs is a senior at Crater High School.
- CORVALLIS: Carrie Gray, daughter of Dennis and Jeriann Gray of Corvallis, received a $1,000 Oregon 4-H Foundation scholarship. Gray attends Santiam Christian High School.
- EUGENE: Ryan Magnuson, son of Norman and Debbie Magnuson, received the $400 O.M. Plummer scholarship. Plummer was the manager of the Pacific International Livestock Exposition in Portland from 1910 to 1945. The award is given to a 4-H member who participated in a wide range of 4-H activities with emphasis in 4-H livestock projects. Magnuson attends Marist High School.
- GERVAIS: Michael Jirges, son of John and Sharon Jirges, received a $1,000 Klein Family 4-H scholarship. The scholarship is given in memory of Hulda Klein, who served as a 4-H leader in Marion County for more than 40 years. Jirges is home schooled.
- MADRAS: Kevin Richards, son of Martin and Nancy Richards, received the $1,000 Kate Thiess Memorial scholarship. The scholarship was endowed by Thiess, a 1928 home economics graduate of Oregon State College, now OSU. Richards attends Madras High School.
- ST. HELENS: Lacy Ogan, daughter of Janice and Dale Ogan, received a $250 scholarship given by the CENEX Harvest States Foundation. Ogan attends St. Helens High School.
- SALEM: Tiffany Andersen, daughter of Larry and Chloe Anderson, received a $1,000 Klein Family 4-H scholarship. The scholarship is given in memory of Hulda Klein, who served as a 4-H leader in Marion County for more than 40 years. Andersen is home schooled.