As college and university students return to campus this month, a number of them have received scholarship assistance from the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund — including one student from Bladen County.
The foundation has awarded $117,075 scholarships to students from 40 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
Luke Hill, 19, son of Randy and Kelli Hill of Elizabethtown, received the State 4-H Officer Scholarship. He attends Mount Olive College where he is studying agricultural sciences, horticulture and public relations.
The State 4-H Officer Scholarship is awarded to the four state 4-H officers each year.
The 4-H scholarships awarded this year include renewable academic scholarships, cash awards through 4-H cumulative records programs and scholarships to attend national 4-H competitions. These scholarships are made possible by 4-H alumni, retirees and friends through their endowment or annual gifts to the foundation.
Scholarships are awarded to 4-H’ers, based on 4-H excellence, academic record, recommendations and need. Scholarship winners must be full-time students.
The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 237,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,780 adult and youth volunteers.