4-H program provides record number of scholarships

Forty-nine South Dakota young people are benefitting from $19,000 in 4-H scholarships to help pay for their tuition this fall. Forty of those scholarships were "earned" through the 4-H Teens as Teachers Scholarship program.

The only 4-H scholarship of its kind in the county, the program provides opportunities for older youth to be teachers and mentors to younger students in classroom and after school settings.

These teen teachers put in twenty to forty hours of teaching time in various subject matter areas, i.e., science, engineering and technology, healthy living and character education, the amount of scholarship is based on the number of hours taught by each teen. For a number of them, it opened the door for a career choice.

As one 4-H Teen as Teacher in Science exclaimed, "I didn't know I would enjoy teaching science so much!"

Sarah Tow, 4-H scholarship recipient, comments, "The 4-H Teens as Teachers Scholarship Program gave me the first stepping stone towards becoming a better public speaker. Each group (that I worked with) operated under very different dynamics, which taught me to think quickly on the spot and gave me the experience needed to speak in front of a wide variety of people, both kids and adults."

Tyler Hejek, Beadle County scholarship winner in character education, said, "I truly loved being in Teens as Teachers. It was the highlight of my senior year! I felt I helped make a difference with future athletes and students at Huron schools."

The majority of these scholarships are being used at in-state colleges, universities and technical schools: South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, Dakota State University, Northern State University, Black Hills State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Augustana College, Dakota Wesleyan University, University of Sioux Falls, Sinte Gleska College, Lake Area Technical Institute and Mitchell Technical Institute.

For more information on the 4-H Teens as Teachers program, contact Audrey Rider, 4-H youth specialist in leadership development at (605) 882-5140.

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