2016 Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarship Award Winners

The Maine 4-H Foundation awarded 18 scholarships to seniors during our Annual Meeting.

Azure Dillon Scholarship

The Azure Dillon Scholarship was awarded to Natalie Hodgman. She plans to go on to study biology and animal science in her undergraduate work, with her sites on becoming a veterinarian in the future. She has had one of the most challenging senior years of any of our applicants taking AP literature, AP Physics, AP Latin, AP Environmental Science, and Calculus all while playing in the Symphonic Band, taking care of he herd of sheep, showing in 4-H, and serving as President of her 4-H club. She has been active at the state level attending CWF, National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference, Eastern States and is a new Trustee with the Maine 4-H Foundation. Natalie Hodgman states that “4-H has been a significant part of her life, she has not only learned leadership and communication skills, she has learned how to set goals and work hard to achieve them, and has gained great confidence through her 4-H experiences.” Natalie Hodgman is a senior at Hampden Academy and plans to study at Colorado State University in the fall.

Farm Credit/Gladys E. Conant and Waldo Scholarship

Sadee Mehuren was our scholarship award winner. She is graduating from Belfast High School and will be attending the University of Maine in the fall to study Animal Sciences. She would like to eventually become a Dairy Specialist and Farmer. Sadee is currently a 4-H Independent Member, and in the past she was a member of the Kindred Spirits 4-H Club. Her 4-H career includes attending National 4-H Congress, Eastern States, and Citizenship Washington Focus. “My experience in 4-H has made me a more outgoing, happier, and more involved person. 4-H gave me the courage to be myself and to interact with my peers. 4-H also provided me with many good opportunities,” states Sadee about her 4-H history.

Maine Harvest Festival/Greenway Equipment and Penobscot County Scholarship

This year the recipient for the Maine Harvest Festival and Greenway Equipment Scholarship was Hadley Moore. She is graduating from Old Town High School and will be attending the University of Maine in the fall to study Animal Sciences. She hopes to work in the agricultural field. Hadley is currently a member of Shoes N Shears 4-H Club and has served as the president and vice president. Her 4-H career includes Eastern States Exposition and National 4-H Conference, which she attended last month. Hadley states, “4-H has taught me citizenship, leadership, and responsibility. 4-H has given me more opportunities than any other activity I have been involved in.”

Oxton Trust Scholarship

The Oxton Trust award winner was Frances Pendleton. She is graduating from Camden Hills Regional High School and will be attending the University of Maine in the fall to study biology. Frances is currently the president of the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club. Her 4-H career includes Eastern States Exposition and a Cloverbud Junior Leader. In discussing 4-H Frances says, “4-H has taught me about hard work and determination, about character and accountability, about goals and achievement, and about kindness and consideration. In 4-H I gained a clearer sense of who I am and what I can accomplish when I use me head, my heart, my hands, and my health to gain knowledge and skills.”

The Carla and Danny Lafayette 4-H Scholarship

The recipient for the Carla and Danny Lafayette Scholarship was Desiree Wright. She is graduating from Bonny Eagle High School and plans to attend college in the fall for biology. She plans to become a doctor. Desiree is currently a 4-H member of the All Star Dairy 4-H Club. Her 4-H career includes Eastern State Exposition and Citizenship Washington Focus. In discussing 4-H Desiree says, “In school we discuss life skills and are told we should use them, but I never really understood them until 4-H. In 4-H, the skills are not individual things we write about and reflect on, they become our life style. With every activity I have learned more about each important life skill and have come to value their meaning.”

Oxford County Scholarship

The winner of the Oxford County Scholarship was Ben Andrews. He is graduating from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and will be attending Bowdoin College in the fall to study engineering. He plans to pursue a career in structural engineering. Ben is currently a member of the Discovery 4-H Club. His 4-H career includes Eastern States Exposition, Citizenship Washington Focus, and two New York City trips. Of 4-H Ben says, “My time in 4-H has played a large role in my development as a citizen. The commitment to compassion and to serving others embodied in the 4-H pledge has helped motivate me to contribute to my community.”

Evelyn Trotzky Scholarship

The recipient for the Evelyn Trotzky Scholarship was Kristen Davis. She is graduating from Mt. Blue High School and will be attending Husson University in the fall to study Mass Media. She plans to pursue a career in communications marketing. Kristen is currently a member of the Franklin County 4-H Club. Her 4-H career includes Citizenship Washington Focus, National 4-H Conference and National 4-H Congress. In discussing 4-H Kristen says, “Since becoming the president of my 4-H club, I have always kept what I learned about being a good leader in my mind, and have tried to be an example for the younger kids in my club, as well as the younger kids in my community.”

Verna Church Witter Scholarship

The recipient of the Verna Church Witter Scholarship was Mikayla Maher. She is graduating from Noble High School and will be attending Southern Maine Community College in the fall to study radiology. She plans to pursue a career as a radiological technician. Mikayla is currently a member of the Brass Knobs Working Steer Club where she has served as treasurer, president, and vice president. Her 4-H career includes Senior Teamster and pins for Maine Working Steer Program. In discussing 4-H Mikayla says, “4-H has taught me to be resilient. You mess up and fall down all the time with working steers but no matter what you figure it out and work toward getting that blue ribbon.”

Dr. Harold and Marion Chute Scholarship

The recipient for the Dr. Harold and Marion Chute Scholarship was Autumn Clair. She is graduating from Mt. Blue High School and will be attending Iowa Lakes Community College in the fall to study agribusiness. She plans to pursue a career as a feed representative. Kristen is currently a member of the Franklin County 4-H Beef Club. Her 4-H career includes Eastern States Exposition and several officer positions in her 4-H club. Autumn says of 4-H, “Showing livestock has been completely my own venture, from the financial aspect of it as well as the hands on portion. I have spent thousands of hours in the barn working with my cattle and I have loved every minute of it.”

Audrey and Clayton MacIntyre Scholarship

The recipient this year of the Audrey and Clayton MacIntyre Scholarship was Lucia Almeida. She is graduating from Baxter Academy for Technology and Science and will be attending Wheaton College in the fall to study Chinese Language and Culture. She plans to pursue a career as a Chinese Language interpreter. Lucia is currently a member of Cumberland County 4-H Sheep Club and Goat Club. Her 4-H career includes Eastern States Exposition, Citizenship Washington Focus, National and 4-H National Congress. When asked how 4-H has shaped her life Lucia says, “4-H has had a major impact in my life since I was 5 years old when I joined the program. It has taught me about responsibility in raising and breeding animals, running a small business, citizenship and volunteerism, as well as tons of other life skills to better prepare me for college and the real world.”

Theda Parker/K.C. Lovejoy  and Penobscot County Scholarship

This year the KC Lovejoy and Theda Parker Scholarship was awarded to Chloe Leeman. She is graduating from Nokomis Regional High School and will be attending Husson University in the fall to study physical therapy. She plans to pursue a career as a sports physical therapist. Chloe is a member of Creative Kids Club and serves as president. Her 4-H career includes Eastern States Exposition, Volt trained 4-H teen leadership and University of Maine Animal Science committee youth leader. When asked how 4-H has shaped her life Chloe says, “It’s sad to think that I only have one more year to be a 4-Her but my journey in 4-H won’t end there. 4-H has opened many doors for me and I hope to help younger 4-Her’s to realize the opportunities that 4-H can give you.”

Claude F. Clement Scholarship

The recipient of the Claude F. Clement Scholarship was Alexis Lloyd. She is graduating from Spruce Mountain High School and will be attending Delaware Techincal Community College to study nursing. She plans to pursue a career as a registered nurse. Lexi is a member of Franklin County Mt. Viewer’s 4-H Club. Her 4-H career includes Eastern States Exposition and 4-H camp and learning center as a teen leader. When asked how 4-H has shaped her life Lexi says, “One person can make a difference in the world. If it wasn’t for 4-H I might not have been given the opportunity to learn about community service, leadership, and independence. I am so thankful for the stepping stones that have led me to where I am today.”

Jeanie Stone Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship was awarded this year to Allison Merriman. She is graduating from Windham High School and will be attending Southern Maine Community College to study communications and new media. She plans to pursue a career in agricultural publications. Allison is a member of Cumberland County All Star Dairy, Young Farmers Beef Club and Good Dogz 4-H Ticks Tailz. Her 4-H career includes Maine 4-H Foundation Youth Trustee and animal science committee. When asked how 4-H has shaped her life Allison says, “Over the years I have asked millions of questions trying to gain knowledge about agriculture and how I have the opportunity to share the knowledge that I have gained. Explaining to people what I do is exhilarating. Many teens my age have yet to find their passion, yet I have been living mine my whole life.”

Penobscot County Scholarship

This Penobscot County Scholarship was awarded this year to Veronica Page. She is graduating from Central High School and will be attending Beal College for business management. She plans to work with the family business, The Page Guide School as well as own a taxidermy service. Veronica is a member of Hands and Hooves 4-H Club. Her 4-H career includes serving as president for her 4-H club and showing in local fairs. When asked how 4-H has shaped her life Veronica says, “Because of 4-H I have learned that being in business, as a leader is where I need to be and where I fit in. 4-H has not only given me amazing opportunities in life and amazing experiences, it had helped me follow through with my career path and what I want to be.”

Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships

This scholarship was awarded this year to Molly Merrifield. She is graduating from Gorham High School and will be attending cosmetology school. She plans to pursue a career in hairdressing. Molly is a member of Cumberland County Swiner’s Club and Brass Knobs Working Steer Club. Her 4-H career includes Citizenship Washington Focus and president of her 4-H clubs. When asked how 4-H has shaped her life Molly says, “ To this day I lose shows but when I start to get upset I remember the only other showman you are trying to be better than is the one you were yesterday. As long as you are doing the best you can, that is all that matters. You can win ribbons, but they will fade. The life lessons that people learn in the show ring will never fade; they will stay with you for life.”

This scholarship was awarded this year to Kathryn Johnston. She is graduating from Lighthouse Christian Academy. She will be attending college in the fall studying medical field or children’s ministry. Kathryn is a member of Penobscot 4-H. Her 4-H career includes Eastern States Exposition with the Maine Beef Team. When asked how 4-H has shaped her life Kathryn says, “ I can’t imagine my life without 4-H. Everything I have learned through agriculture also has included character building. I have learned how to work with others, how health is vital, how to be safe, how to lead, to have good sportsmanship, and many more positive character traits that will help as I go through life.”

This scholarship was awarded to Lauren Thompson. She is graduating from Sanford High School and will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute to study bio-engineering. She plans to pursue a career in engineering. Lauren is a member of the Kidding Around 4-H Club. Her 4-H career includes showing and being a teen leader. When asked how 4-H has shaped her life Lauren says, “4-H has taught me that getting outside and being active and part of the local community is important… I think when I am away at college and learning about my future endeavors, I will look back and think how lucky I am to have been involved in 4-H and I will continue to attend as many of the club events as possible.”