Congratulations to the 2020 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These 15 outstanding 4-H youth and alumni across Minnesota stood out among over 112 applications.
Two $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.
- Luke Borst, Olmsted County – Luke has been an active member of the Burr Oak Beavers 4-H Club. In his club, Luke has served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President. Throughout the years, he has excelled in the dairy steer, rabbits, potatoes, vegetable gardening, and entomology project areas. He has received honors of Purple Ribbon Dairy Steer at the state level, Grand Champion Potatoes at both county and state levels, as well as Grand Champion Livestock Demonstration for his county and at the State Fair. Luke has also been an active member in his community by being involved in his church, FFA, Minnesota Honor Society, and the Olmsted County Hog Roast. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, to study Agricultural Communications and Marketing. His ultimate goal is to obtain a career working to promote dairy products and educate the public on the benefits of a strong dairy industry.
- Madison Luebke, Goodhue County – Madison has a passion for helping to serve her community. Through her involvement in her church, 4-H, FCCLA, National Honor Society, and sports, Madison has given countless hours volunteering her time to help in her community. Some of these hours were spent volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, working at the Vang Lutefisk Dinner, cleaning ditches, working at a blood drive, and volunteering at various sports camps. Her experiences in 4-H have influenced her future goals and taught her hard work and perseverance. Madison will be attending Minnesota State University, Mankato to study aviation. With a passion for flying and traveling, she hopes to use her training and skills to become a pilot after graduation.
- Cooper Hancock, Winona County
David E. Pace and Valerie Halverson Pace Leadership Scholarship
Two one-time $1,000 scholarships 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.
- Eileen Otto, Wright County – Eileen has been involved in the 4-H program for over fourteen years and has excelled in numerous leadership roles. In her club, she held the officer positions of Secretary, Vice President, and Reporter. She also served as a youth director for her club’s performing arts. In her county, Eileen served as a county ambassador and camp counselor for several years. At the state level, she spent two years as a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador where she helped facilitate the YELLO and BLU conferences. She also served as one of eight delegates to attend the National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC. Most recently, Eileen was selected as a delegate to the 2020 Global 4-H Summit in Tanzania. She plans to attend the College of St. Benedict to study Political Science. After school, she hopes to serve the public and/or advance ideas that impact people and communities in positive ways in sectors of government, politics, law, or communications.
Zoey Schentzel, Dakota County – Zoey has played an active role in her club, the Empire Rockets. Besides holding various positions in her club, she served as a secretary for the Dakota County 4-H Federation, an Agriculture Representative for Dakota County 4-H, a Dakota County 4-H Ambassador, a camp counselor, and the secretary for the Dakota County Auction Committee. As an active member of the sheep project, Zoey has served as a mentor for younger kids and leased sheep to other 4-H members. In addition to her involvement in 4-H, Zoey is involved in FFA, National Honor Society, musical theater, and choir. She will be attending South Dakota State University, majoring in Agricultural Communications with minors in Animal Science, Entrepreneurship Studies, and Design Exploration.
- Christian Willoughby, Stearns County
Ada and Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship
Seven 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.
- Laura Davis, Beltrami County – Laura has been an active 4-H member and mentor for the past thirteen years. She has served as a youth member on the Minnesota State Fair Livestock Committee. Laura has contributed greatly to her community through her involvement in 4-H, National Honor Society, and sports. She was captain of her swim team and was voted most valuable player. Her love and passion for animals, has guided her in making plans for her future. Laura will be attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She will be studying animal science on a pre-vet track with hopes of becoming a veterinarian in the future.
- Katilyn Grundhoeffer, Benton County – Katilyn has been a leader for the horse project and her 4-H club, the Shooting Stars, by serving as president of both in the past year. She has been involved in many different 4-H project areas. Katilyn also volunteers her time through 4-H and various community activities. She is attending St. Could Community and Technical College. Her future career goal is to become a Cardiovascular Technician.
- Emily Jopp, Stearns County – Emily is a very active member of her school, 4-H, and her community. She serves as the President of her 4-H club. Emily participates in FFA, National Honor Society, Swim Team, and Spring Musical Pit Band. She is known for volunteering her time to give back to her community and has been recognized with the National Honor Society Outstanding Community Service Award for over 100 hours of community service. After attending a mission trip to Haiti in 2017, she became passionate about the food shortage crisis. Emily plans to combine her passion for helping others, agriculture, and genetics by pursuing a degree in Plant Science with a Plant Breeding track at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
- Eliza Meyer, Polk County – Eliza has served in leadership roles in her 4-H club as the Secretary for five years and now President. In 2019, she was selected as one of the nine delegates from Minnesota to attend the National 4-H Conference. She is an active leader in her community and serves as the two-year, acting secretary for the Crookston Youth Foundation Board and the two-year, acting co-chairman of the Polk County Advisory Board. Eliza has a passion for helping people and wishes to pursue a career in the healthcare field. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota, Rochester, to study Health Sciences. Her future goal is to attend medical school to become a surgeon.
- Isaac Rott, Olmsted County – Isaac has been engaged in various 4-H programs and has been growing in his leadership skills over the past ten years. He has been an active member of the dairy project and has served as a mentor for younger members. Isaac has been a dedicated member of his county’s dairy evaluation team and has received honors at the local, state, and national levels. He has held the positions of Treasurer, Vice President, and President, and serves as a member of the County Executive Council. Isaac is attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He wishes to pursue a degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Business.
- Ainsley Schwerr, Dakota County – Ainsley has been a leader in her 4-H club and community. She has been the President of her 4-H club for the past two years and a County Ambassador for the past four years. Ainsley has been an active participant in many extracurricular activities. Some of these include WE Teens Service Group, DECA, Normandale’s Spanish Club, and Liturgical Dance Team. She will be attending Hamline University to pursue a degree in Sustainability.
- Melissa Seljan, Dodge County – Melissa has been a dedicated member of the poultry and rabbit projects. After being elected as a Junior Superintendent for the poultry and rabbit projects, she helped facilitate a brand new building on the fairgrounds to house these project areas for 4-H members at the county fair. Melissa served as President of her 4-H club, the Canitstio Young Farmers, and the Dodge County YLC. She was also nominated to serve as an ambassador for her city and a class officer. Melissa plans to attend Winona State University to study nursing. Her career goal is to become a registered nurse.
- Kestlyn Willert, Lyon 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.
- Bailee Schiefelbein, Meeker County – Bailee has been an active member of her community. She helps to clean road ditches, volunteers at a food shelf, and organizes an event called Small Towns Stand Tall. She has also been involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, band, FFA, speech, and National Honor Society. Through her experiences in 4-H, especially the sheep project, Bailee found a passion for agriculture that she hopes to pursue in her future goals. She will be attending Oklahoma State University, majoring in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. She hopes to work for an organization to promote agriculture, preferably in policy.
- Kestlyn Willert, Lyon County
Searles Family Scholarship
Two one-time $250 scholarships 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.
- Casey Neumann, Olmsted County – Casey has held multiple officer positions in his 4-H club, the Interstate Hi-Flyers, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Reporter. He is very involved in the rabbit project and helps provide mentorship to younger members in the project area. Casey is an active member in his community and volunteers for various 4-H projects, the “Litter Bit Better” program, and at the Riverbend Nursing Home. He plans to attend St. Cloud State University to pursue a degree in Sports Management.
- Jessica Kaiser, Olmsted County – Jessica has been an active 4-H member for several years. She has competed in a variety of project areas at both the county and state levels. She loves to give back to her community by volunteering with organizations that include Operation Christmas Child, Bear Creek Services, Food for Kidz, Salvation Army, and the Ronald McDonald House. Jessica will attend the Rochester Community and Technical College/Winona State University’s 2+2 Elementary and Early Childhood Education program. She plans to become an elementary school teacher in the future.
- Isaac Rott, Olmsted County
4-H Adult Scholarship
A one-time $2,000 scholarship 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.
- Michelle Ignaszewski, Jackson County – Michelle has been a 4-H adult volunteer for four years. She was active as a parent of 4-H members in the Delafield Digger Club throughout the years. Michelle serves as a club leader and spent six years on her County Extension Committee. She will be attending Ridgewater Community college to participate in their Massage Therapy program. She hopes to be completed with the program by May of 2021 and start her own massage practice or work for a chiropractic clinic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.