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Washington County students awarded 4-H scholarships

Jun 11, 2018

AMES – McKenna Brinning, Macy Marek and Kristen Twinam of Washington County were awarded 4-H scholarships through the Iowa 4-H Foundation at a recognition ceremony Sunday, June 3 in Ames.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation has announced the recipients of over 70 Iowa 4-H scholarships valued at over $100,000. Recipients accepted their awards on Sunday, June 3 at the Foundation’s scholarship recognition ceremony held in the Scheman Building at Iowa State University. Over 500 applications were submitted and scholarships have been awarded to recipients from 48 counties across the state of Iowa with a wide variety of 4-H experiences.


McKenna Brinning received the Colvin Family 4-H Scholarship through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Brinning will major in animal science at Iowa State University. She is an active member of Chi Omega sorority, Block & Bridle and several other agriculture and academic organizations. She was a member of 4-H for 12 years. She showed livestock at county and state fair levels. After graduation, Brinning would like to attend veterinary school.

“Being a member of 4-H has been the one main defining factor in developing my skills, my leadership, my friendships and my passion for agriculture,” said Brinning. “4-H has given me a solid foundation of friendships and desire to learn and do more.”

“Iowa 4-H Foundation scholarships acknowledge the hard work and dedication of young people who have used their 4-H skills and experiences to ‘make the best better’ for others,” said Emily Saveraid, Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “We also are thankful for the many scholarship donors who fund these important opportunities for Iowa 4-H’ers.”

This scholarship is provided by the Colvin Family Endowment, established to recognize a 4-H’er who has taken their own road—one who has done their best to fully experience 4-H and life. Available to any ISU undergrad pursuing any four-year degree in any field of study.



Macy Marek was awarded the Campbell-Determan Family 4-H scholarship through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Marek is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in agriculture education. After graduation, she would like to work with a company that allows her to travel and solve problems for the agriculture industry. Marek’s involvement in 4-H helped to develop leadership skills. She held club offices, gave presentations and served on the county council.

“4-H has sparked my interest in the agriculture industry and through each experience my spark grew,” said Marek. “Now I am proud and excited to say the small spark that started when I was in fourth grade has developed into a burning flame of passion for the industry that I have grown up in and the industry that has shaped who I am today.”

The Determan Family provides this scholarship for an upperclassman who has earned at least 60 hours of credit and is attending a land grant university. The recipient must be pursuing a degree in an agriculture or hospitality management field of study and have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate state 4-H activities and campus level activities while in college



Kristen Twinam was awarded the Orscheln 4-H Scholarship through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Twinam will major in agriculture business at Iowa State University. She was very involved in 4-H and FFA, holding leadership positions within State 4-H Council. She was crowned Washington County Pork Queen, and she served on Washington County Council. Twinam would like to return to her hometown to work in an agriculture company after graduating.

“Without my 4-H experiences, I would have lacked the confidence to get involved,” said Twinam. “4-H has really helped me to break out of my shell, be willing to try new things and achieve my full potential.”

Orscheln Farm and Home L.L.C., in Moberly, Mo. provides up to five scholarships to applicants who reside in one of the following Orscheln Farm and Home trade area counties: Appanoose, Boone, Cass, Dallas, Guthrie, Henry, Jefferson, Johnson, Linn, Mahaska, Montgomery, Muscatine, Page, Wapello or Washington.

These scholarships are given to applicants who will be freshmen in Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or will major in a family and consumer sciences field of study at ISU. Recipients must also have been active 4-H’ers during their four years of high school and must be of good character and exhibit leadership potential.


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