Twenty-two youth receive scholarships at 4-H Congress


BOZEMAN – Twenty-two Montana 4-H youth were awarded scholarships totaling $18,150 during the annual Montana 4-H Congress at Montana State University July 9-11.

Nearly 400 4-H members, volunteers and staff attended the 4-H congress from 43 Montana counties, said Brett Schomer, 4-H program and events coordinator at MSU.

Youth participated in competitive and social events, educational workshops, and community service activities as Extension staff and nearly 100 volunteers helped coordinate activities during the three-day event. Youth members worked on program committees to finalize congress details, emceed general assemblies, and managed event technology.

During the event, 4-H Foundation Executive Director Sandra Germann and board members presented 4-H students with various scholarship awards.

Secora Richardson, Missoula County, won the Douglas A. and Nancy W. Dear Memorial Scholarship. Richardson has been in 4-H for 10 years and will attend Utah State University to pursue a degree in pre-veterinary studies. She participated in the horse project.

Tori Wilson, Madison County, earned the W. Doyle Stocks Scholarship, which benefits a Montana student planning to attend MSU to study family and consumer science or agriculture. She is a 10-year 4-H member.

Brooke Hollowell, Treasure County, received the Wilcox Family Scholarship. She is an 11-year 4-H member who plans to attend Gonzaga University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. She has participated in community service projects, including coaching and tutoring.

Gwynn Simeniuk, Valley County, won the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship, which is new this year and provides $1000 to a member majoring in an agricultural related field. Simeniuk will be a sophomore at MSU, pursuing degrees in agriculture education and animal science.

Karoline Rose, Gallatin County, won the N.A. Jacobsen Scholarship, which is awarded to a junior or senior in MSU’s College of Agriculture planning to pursue a career in Extension. Rose is currently a junior at MSU studying animal science. She has participated in 4-H community service.

Kaitlyn Goroski, Wibaux County, received the Miller Scholarship, which was created by Thomas Miller and family to assist a graduate from eastern Montana who is planning to attend MSU. Goroski is a nine-year 4-H member who plans to pursue a degree in agriculture. Goroski has participated in community service, has held leadership roles in 4-H and served as the 2012-2013 state ambassador officer president.

Amber Stenson, Pondera County, won the Montana Agricultural Business Association (MABA) and the Montana Grain Elevator Association (MGEA) scholarship. She is a sophomore at MSU, studying finance and economics.

Dale Peterson, Beaverhead County, won the Montana Meat Processors Association Scholarship, which is awarded to an individual with an interest or background in meat science. He is a 6-year 4-H member who will attend MSU to pursue a degree in agriculture or business.

Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply sponsored $1000 scholarships to the following five 4-H individuals:

Elizabeth Byron, Big Horn County, is a 12-year 4-H member who plans to attend Oregon State University for a degree in engineering. Byron has been active in leadership through the county ambassador team and the Cloverbud project.

Amelia Farrier, Gallatin County, is a 13-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in math or science. Farrier has been part of the Big Horn County ambassador team and participated in community service and helped younger members with rabbit and swine projects.

Teal Hatten, Carbon County, is a 10-year 4-H member who will attend Carroll College to pursue a degree in speech pathology and elementary education. She has participated in many community service and leadership projects, and used her passion for teaching in helping many younger 4-H members.

Morgan Peterson, Beaverhead County, is a nine-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU-Bozeman to obtain a degree in mathematics. Peterson helped her school implement programs to eliminate bullying and hazing, and she volunteered many hours to help new 4-Her’s learn about the steer project.

Courtney Schupert, Ravalli County, is a nine-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU-Bozeman to major in economics and pre-med. Schupert represented Montana 4-H at National Congress. She helped younger members with public speaking by leading workshops and theater classes.

The Montana 4-H Council established an endowment with the Montana 4-H Foundation to be used for leadership opportunities for Montana 4-H youth and volunteers. The Montana 4-H Council Scholarship went to:

Justin Stilson, Fergus County. Currently a sophomore at MSU, Stilson studying exercise science with plans to go to chiropractic school. Stilson has been involved in 4-H for 13 years at the county and collegiate levels. His 4-H leadership roles include being the collegiate 4-H president, a swine junior superintendent and acting as the director of Fergus County’s 4-H camp.

The State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee sponsors a $ 500 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship for a student exemplifying leadership and mentoring in shooting sports. It was awarded to:

Nathan Sutton, Beaverhead County. He is currently a sophomore at Montana Tech, majoring in mechanical engineering. In his 4-H years, Sutton excelled in the Shooting Sports program and has continued in the program by mentoring younger members. He credits the program for allowing him to cultivate a lifelong passion for the sport.

The Barbara Edens Memorial scholarship is awarded to 4-H members who have been active in the horse project and have strong leadership skills. It was awarded to:

Layton Hrubes, Dawson County. She has been in 4-H for eight years, and plans to attend MSU-Bozeman to pursue a degree in animal science. In 4-H, she has participated in agriculture clubs and groups.

The Bud Dawson Livestock Scholarship offers two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who have been active in livestock projects. The recipients are:

Riley Dalke, Yellowstone County, is a nine-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. Dalke has studied the effects of different shelter and feed types to optimize the growth and production of his swine. Riley has also been an active leader in both 4-H and FFA.

Melody McDaniel, Missoula County, is a nine-year 4-H member who plans to attend the University of Montana to pursue degrees in Spanish and Math. McDaniel has a strong interest in sustainable/backyard farming due to project work with rabbits, goats, and sheep. She has been an active leader in her clubs as well as organizations dedicated to rabbit production.

The Cedric & Elfriede Maurer Memorial Scholarship was established by the Maurer family to honor their parents, who farmed and ranched in Teton County and were long-time 4-H leaders. The scholarship is awarded to 4-H members who show a dedication to 4-H, a history of volunteering, and are involved in their community. Preference is given to residents of north central Montana, specifically Teton, Cascade, Choteau and Pondera counties:

Connor Hodgkiss, Teton County, is an 11-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU-Bozeman to pursue a degree in Animal Science. Hodgkiss has served as an ambassador for his county, as president of his club and as a 4-H camp counselor. He has presented workshops to younger members and donated the proceeds from his market steer to a needy family.

The Montana Wheat & Barley Committee gave two $750 scholarships to the following 4-H members with an interest in the agriculture industry, especially as related to grain production:

Andrew Gould, Cascade County, is a sophomore at Great Falls College and will attend MSU to pursue agriculture-related degrees. He has been active in breeding beef and meats identification projects, as well as serving as an adult leader for livestock and meats identification since finishing 4-H.

Brandon Gould, Cascade County, is a sophomore at Great Falls College, and will attend MSU to major in wildlife biology and criminal justice. During his years in 4-H, he was active in the beef project, meats identification and range science.

The Anton and Helga Sundsted Pioneer Scholarship was established in 2011 by the Sundsted family in honor of the pioneers who settled over 100 years ago. This scholarship is for students who demonstrate entrepreneurship through 4-H projects and involvement in their community, church and school by embracing ideals of leadership, responsibility and integrity:

Bobby Dorvall, Carbon County, is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend Northwest College to major in Ag-Business. Dorvall has been active in livestock projects, has worked with younger members and participated in community service through highway cleanups, the county fair and senior dinners.

Contact: Martha Klaumann, (406) 994-5911,


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