4-H members awarded MSU Pre-College Scholarships

ESCANABA – Three Delta County 4-H participants have been awarded $2,000 Michigan State University Pre-College Achievement Scholarships. Receiving the scholarships are: Caitlyn Gimler, Horse Crazy Riding Club, a freshman at Rapid River High School; Laci Mitchell, County Line Lamb Club and Upper Hand 4H Club, a sophomore at Gladstone High School; and John Perrault, former member of Delta Sure Shots, a freshman at Escanaba High School.

Students in grades 8-10 for 2013-14 who attended an MSU summer pre-college program last year were eligible to apply for this award last fall. These three youth participated in Michigan 4H Exploration Days which is an annual MSU pre-college program that attracts approximately 2500 youth participants and chaperones from across Michigan.

Forty six youth from Delta County attended Michigan 4H Exploration Days last summer. Nearly 200 fun, action-filled classroom and field trip sessions are offered at this event. The sessions take place throughout the Michigan State University campus and at various off-campus locations. Participants attend one or two sessions throughout their three-day stay. They are housed in three Michigan State University residence halls. Exploration Days is one of six state wide pre-college programs offered by MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development.

“MSU pre-college programs are great for helping youth explore possible career interests,” said local 4-H director, Dave Radloff. “They are great fun, very educational, and help connect young people with university faculty and other resources. MSU pre-college programs also help youth envision their future so they can wisely choose their high school classes and prepare for college.”

Selection for this scholarship is based on academic ability and potential, demonstration of extra-curricular and community service experience, demonstration of leadership and teamwork skills, ability to overcome obstacles, teacher and program director nominations and strength of student essay. The scholarship is applied toward the student’s first year at MSU as a degree-seeking student.

The pre-college programs annually offered by MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development are: 4-H Capitol Experience, 4-H Renewable Energy Camp (formerly 4-H Discovery Camp), 4-H Exploration Days, 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp, 4-H Animal & Veterinary Science Camp, and the Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council.

For more information on these 4-H pre-college programs as well as other MSU pre-college programs, visit Spartan Youth Programs at www.spartanyouth.msu.edu. A multitude of programs that can help youth develop valuable skills, make new friends and taste college life are posted.