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4-H clover 2019 University of Minnesota Extension & Minnesota 4-H Scholarship Awards

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Congratulations to the 2019 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These fifteen outstanding 4-H youth and alumni across Minnesota stood out among over 120 applicants.

Kern Scholarship

Three $1,500 scholarships for entering freshmen attending one of the University of Minnesota campuses or an institution within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (formerly known as MnSCU) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to qualify. Selected recipients may re-apply annually, up to three times.


  • Gigi Otten, Freeborn County – Gigi has a passion for community involvement and service. She has served as President as well as Community Pride Officer of the Hayward 4-H Club and has served her community. She also received the Minnesota Delegate for National 4-H Conference award. She grew up deeply rooted in agriculture and enjoys working with people, animals and nature. She will be majoring in Food Systems at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She hopes to build her career with an international nonprofit to educate impoverished communities on agriculture techniques.
  • Sydney Poquette, Goodhue County – Sydney has participated in multiple 4-H projects. She is active in her community 4-H Club, the Aspelund Ever-Readies, where she is currently the Club President. She also has a passion for working with other youth. She is attending College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and later plans to attend Medical School. Her future career is to work in the field of Pediatric Oncology. Her end goal is to do research to develop a new way to treat cancer patients.
  • Kendra Waldenberger, Houston County – Kendra is a dedicated member of the Houston County 4-H program. She has been a strong leader in the Dairy Project and has served as the County 4-H Federation Vice President and President and has been very active in her Newhouse Norseman Club. She is crowned the 2019 Houston County Dairy Princess. Kendra is pursuing a degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Business at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her goal is to become a dairy geneticist.


  • Lucas Podoll, Watonwan County

David E. Pace and Valerie Halverson Pace Leadership Scholarship

Two one-time $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to either an entering accepted freshman or a continuing sophomore, based on his/her leadership experiences in 4-H, school, and community. Awarded funds must be applied toward educational expenses at an accredited college or university within the United States of America.


  • Nathan Goldade, Anoka County – Nathan has been an active member of the Dandy Linos 4-H Club. He has held multiple offices and has led and served on many committees. He has also shown great leadership at the Anoka County level as current Youth Chair of the Anoka County 4-H Management Team and as President of the Anoka County YES Youth Group where he has chaired and led many events. His leadership has also shown at the State level as part of the Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In group for the last three years. Nathan has received multiple awards at the Anoka County level for his leadership. He is currently attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a major in Agricultural Education. His career goals are to teach youth about agriculture and to work with youth through 4-H and other organizations in the field of wildlife and agriculture, to bring the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) to Minnesota.
  • Kylie Kasprick, Hennepin County Kylie is a committed community member. She serves in many leadership roles across the Twin Cities. She has been elected the President of the Champlin Champs 4-H Club in the past four years. Her 2017 Florence Gaulke Award is a 4-H Leadership award to youth leaders who demonstrate leadership for the betterment of community, rather than the betterment of self. She is an on-the-ground mentorship of younger dancers at the Dance Complex. She also serves citywide as a Brooklyn Park Ambassador and as a State Ambassador for Fuel up to Play 60 movement. Kylie will be attending St. Olaf College, majoring in Communications and Dance. After college, she plans to continue performing and teaching children who cannot traditionally communicate.


  • Christina Kuismi, Douglas County

Ada and Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship

Five one-time $1,000 scholarships awarded to present or former Minnesota 4-H members who will be entering their freshman year at Minnesota college or university, based on scholastic achievements, community and 4-H involvement, leadership roles and positions.


  • Samuel Bobendrier, Pipestone County – Samuel is very active and provides leadership in many agriculture youth activities through 4-H, FFA and the Minnesota Hampshire Sheep Association. He serves as Vice President for his 4-H Club and is the current FFA Sentinel. Throughout being in 4-H he has been involved in livestock and meats judging. He will be attending University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a major in Agricultural Food and Business Management and a minor in Animal Science. He plans to find a career in the food science and business industry. He also hopes to be able to mentor youth and be a judging coach or a leader for a youth program and help the next generation of future agriculturalists, and continue being involved in the purebred Hampshire sheep and livestock industries.
  • Lucas Doll, Watonwan County – Lucas has taken on many leadership roles in his various groups and activities. He has also been very active in community. He is involved in Youth Council, Step It Up, 4-H, and Boy Scouts. He has held many different officer positions at the 4-H local and county level including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary etc. He recently received his Eagle Scout Rank, which only 4 percent of scouts obtain. He will be attending Ridgewater College, with a major in Agronomy. This summer he will be interning for NuWay Co-op in Welcome, MN. He hopes to return to NuWay and start his professional career in Agronomy upon graduation.
  • Mackenzie Lampton, Mahnomen County – Mackenzie has been a camp counselor and a mentor to younger campers. She has also provided leadership for the Mahnomen County 4-H Federation. She has been an elected Officer and is currently the President. She has been involved with public speaking. She has participated in speech and has given demonstrations at the Minnesota State Fair, earning a 4-H grand champion ribbon in 2018 for her demonstration on Grid Drawing. Mackenzie will be attending Minnesota State University, Moorhead, with a major in Art Education. She wants to be an art teacher and continue creating art, and be a 4-H volunteer.
  • Sophia Nienaber, Chisago County – Sophia has served in leadership roles in her 4-H club as the Club President and President of multiple committees. She became a Chisago County 4-H Ambassador and 4-H PICCKM camp counselor. She contributed her skills of mentoring others as a coach for the wildlife project bowl team in 2017. Sophia’s heartfelt service was the service program she initiated her network with over a dozen non-profit organizations to create a One-Stop Donation drop event. She plans to attend Bethel University for a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a Healthcare Endorsement and a minor in Music. Later she intends to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work at St. Catherine University.
  • Dalton Piotter, Cottonwood County – Dalton has enhanced his leadership skills by serving as the President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Historian in his Windom Workers/Dale Diggers 4-H Club. He has also served as the 4-H Ambassador and has volunteered for philanthropy projects with 4-H Ambassador youth group. He was a part of the 4-H Aquatic Robotics team that built two remotely operated vehicles to watch for Aquatic Invasive Species in area lakes. He is also active in the local FFA chapter. Dalton will be attending University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Microbiology. His ultimate goal is to obtain a doctorate in Microbiology and a minor in Virology. He wants to enter a research field that allows him to develop cures and treatments such as vaccinations and antibiotics.


  • Hannah Eichstadt, Beltrami County
  • Elsie-Irie Nudd, Anoka County

CCI Innovation in Agriculture Scholarship

A one-time $1,000 scholarship to be used toward education expenses at a post-secondary institution in the United States. Applicants must intend to pursue a degree in agriculture, with a preference for students pursuing a degree in agronomy, soil science, horticulture, plant science, Ag economics, agribusiness or closely related field.


  • Anna Prchal, Le Sueur County Anna has been involved in the 4-H program for over ten years and has excelled in variety of project areas. Anna’s successes in 4-H have taken her to county, regional, and state events. She excels in Agriculture, Engineering, and Science based programs and has proven this with her awards and recognition over the past 10 years. One major accomplishment of Anna’s 4-H career is her involvement with the University of Minnesota Extension, 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge. She has also played an active role within other areas of Le Sueur County 4-H and her community as well. She will be attending South Dakota State University, majoring in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering with emphasis in Water and Natural Resources Engineering. She hopes to work for a progressive company that values agriculture progress, along with protecting our environment.


  • Ryan Hansen, Freeborn County

Searles Family Scholarship

Two one-time $250 scholarship for a present or former Olmsted County 4-H’er who will be entering their freshman year of college, based on scholastic achievements, community and 4-H involvement, leadership roles and positions.


  • Amber Dierkhising, Olmsted CountyAmber has been engaged in various 4-H programs and growing in her leadership skills over the past ten years. She serves as a Vice President and a youth club leader for several projects. She has demonstrated excellence in 4-H, volunteering for organizations like Feed My Starving Children and Habitat for Humanity. She is involved in Olmsted County community by volunteering in the Eagles Cancer Telethon, bell ringing for Salvation Army, and caroling at nursing homes around Rochester. Amber will be attending College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, in Physical Therapy, with a major in Exercise Physiology. She plans to be a Physical Therapist at the Sports Med section of the Mayo Clinic where she will be able to work with young athletes who are overcoming their injuries and training to return to sport, and work with girls with ACL tears.
  • Braden Neumann, Olmsted CountyBraden has been the President, Vice President, and Treasurer of his 4-H Club throughout his years in 4-H. He is involved in the community of Olmsted County and in the county fair in the county rabbit project, which he provides leadership to that project. He wants to continue to help new members get a good start into the Olmsted County 4-H Community. In addition, he has always been interested in the production of livestock. He will be attending University of Wisconsin, River Falls, with a major in Animal Science, and pursue a career in animal agriculture.

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4-H Adult Scholarship

Two one-time $1,000 scholarships for 4-H alumni or volunteers who have been a 4-H member for a minimum of 5 years and/or a minimum of 2-year volunteer, and are/will be 30 years old or older by January 1 of the calendar year, for pursuing training or education with the purpose of job re-entry or transition.


  • Ann Lemke, Meeker County – Ann has been a 4-H member for eleven years and a 4-H adult volunteer for ten years. She is on the County Exhibit and Fashion Review Committee. Currently at the club level, she leads Share the Fun, helps with cloverbuds and community service activities, and mentors clothing project members. She is attending University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, online to acquire a teaching license with a Family and Consumer Sciences certification and a Master of Science in Education. She hopes to work in a local school starting the Fall of 2020. By teaching Family and Consumer Sciences, she plans to help students explore work they are passionate about and learn intentional and critical thinking so they can make choices that balance their lifestyle preference and values.
  • Catherine Sheetz, Carlton County – Catherine has been a 4-H adult volunteer for seven years. She was active as a parent of 4-H members from the time they joined the Nemadji 4-H Club in Fall 2009. She has been the assistant leader or back up leader of the club for several years. She also co-led a Poultry Club for a few years and competed in the Poultry Bowls. She has helped at the Carlton County as a Judge’s Assistant on the static judging days and in the Poultry Barn during the 4-H shows. She has also been involved with the rabbit project. She plans to enroll in the College of St. Scholastic Graduate Teaching License program and begin classes in the Fall of 2019. She hopes to apply for teaching positions in elementary education, especially in the areas of learning to read and back math skills.

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Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H is committed to continuing development efforts for college-bound 4-H youth and alumni scholarships. If you know of a person or business who might sponsor a scholarship, please contact Jane Johnson, Chief Development Officer of Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H, at 612-626-3717/johns350@umn.edu.

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