SAN ANTONIO – Recent high school graduates from throughout Bexar County, all members of area 4-H clubs, have received more than $200,000 in scholarships, said the county’s Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for 4-H and youth development.
Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the annual 4-H Awards Program from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Helotes Activity Center, 12132 Leslie Road in Helotes.
The largest financial contributor to these scholarships was the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc., which provided funding for 12 four-year scholarships of $16,000 each, said Greg Myles, AgriLife Extension agent in Bexar County working with 4-H programs.
4-H members also received $18,000 in scholarships through the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Foundation. Scholarships were awarded to students planning to pursue a degree in agriculture, agribusiness, life sciences or a related field.
“Through AgriLife Extension, Texas 4-H reaches throughout the state’s urban, suburban and rural areas, helping youth become leaders through hands-on learning, research-based programs and adult mentorship, so they can give back to their communities,” Myles said. “4-H’ers engage in learning activities related to science, technology, citizenship, healthy living and much more.”
4-H is the youth program of AgriLife Extension, part of the Texas A&M University System.
The AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County administers more than 55 4-H clubs throughout the county with a combined membership of more than 2,700. More than 25,000 county youth participate in a variety of 4-H programs offered through 4-H clubs and programming.
Myles said this year’s SALE scholarship recipients and their respective 4-H clubs are: Ian Anderson, Alamo Metro; Jessica Berry, St. Hedwig; Aubrey Brieger, Helotes; Casey Carpenter, Helotes; Dalton DeWinne, Helotes; Katie Jagge, Southwest Roughriders; Vanessa Martinez, Helotes; Jonathan Stevens, Encino; Jacob Stuart, St. Hedwig; Danielle Wilkins, Helotes; Colleen Williams, Leon Valley; and Zachary Williams, East Central.
Some of the academic degrees these recipients will pursue are engineering, environmental science, veterinary medicine, biomedical science, agricultural marketing and communications, landscape architecture, banking and finance, and human development and family sciences.
“SALE is a volunteer organization rooted in agriculture and committed to the education of the youth of Texas,” said Tony Magaro, chairman of the scholarship committee of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. “Our volunteers and sponsors are from all walks of life, but are all committed to our mission and contributions to youth education in Bexar County and throughout Texas. The students awarded these scholarships — and those chosen by our partner colleges and organizations — will be successful, lead our future and give back to others.”
Magaro said in 2011 the organization committed a total of $9 million in scholarships and grants, plus funds raised from livestock and western art auctions. Since 1984, the exposition has contributed more than $113 million toward supporting Texas youth development and education.
Scholarships were awarded using criteria including academic ability, 4-H project work, leadership ability and level of service to the community, Myles said. 4-H Foundation scholarships were based on overall 4-H experience, academic record and financial need.
“We worked with area clubs and organizations to identify the most deserving high school seniors from area 4-H programs to compete for these scholarships,” he said. “A panel of scholarship judges evaluated and interviewed candidates to ensure they met or exceeded standards to earn the scholarship for which they applied.”
“These 4-H award winners and scholarship recipients represent the best and brightest from area 4-H programs,” said Lupe Landeros, director for AgriLife Extension in Bexar County. “They embody the 4-H’s of heart, head, hands and health, and we’re glad to have the opportunity to recognize them for their hard work and community service.”