Last weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, over 90 of the state’s top 4-H youth came together for the annual 4-H Congress. At the awards luncheon, 33 youth from across the state received 4-H Foundation scholarships for a variety of achievements including animal science, technology and engineering, citizenship, healthy living, and communications.
Emily Clark from Warrick County received the Hoosier Ag Today Communications scholarship. A 10 year, 4-H member, she said 4-H has changed her life, “It has changed me as a person, especially my communications skills. I am a quiet person, but 4-H taught me how to express myself in a positive way.” Clark was a 2015 National 4-H Congress delegate and winner of an “I Dare You” award. A college freshman at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama, Clark is majoring in communications, “I hope to work in public relations for a nonprofit organization that is helping their community.” She said it is important for those in 4-H to communicate what the organization is all about to those outside of 4-H, “4-H has the reputation of being an agriculture organization and it is, but it is much more. There is something for everyone in 4-H.”
Some of Indiana’s top agribusinesses, including CountryMark, Dow Agro Sciences, Farm Credit Services, and Co-Alliance, help support the 4-H Foundation. Keynote remarks were made by Rajan Gajaria, VP of North and Latin America for Dow AgroSciences. He urged the young people to dream big, work hard, and have fun. At the event, Farm Credit Services announced a $100,000 donation to the Indiana 4-H Foundation to be made over the next 4 years.