Alberta’s 4-H Foundation sets record with scholarships

Many County of Wetaskiwin youth earn scholarships

The 4-H Foundation of Alberta is proud and thrilled to announce that it awarded the largest monetary scholarship in 4-H Alberta’s history: in September 2018, the Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship Selection Committee awarded a combined total of $80,000 to ten (10) Alberta rural farm youth.

“The 4-H Foundation of Alberta worked hard to establish the highest paying scholarship in 4-H Alberta’s history. Thanks to the dedication and support of passionate donors like Lillian and Edward Ness, we are able to help ten deserving youth pursue their career goals and ease their financial burden of post-secondary education. We are very grateful for the generosity of Lillian and Edward Ness, two visionary donors with an unmatched love for youth and 4-H Alberta, who made this new scholarship possible,” says Leah Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta.

The Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship was established by Lillian and Edward Ness in honour and memory of Mrs. Lillian Ness’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer and Ona Hansen.

The scholarship is designed to help rural farm youth who must leave home to pursue a post-secondary education or trade. In September 2018, the following applicants received an Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship:

First place, valued at $20,000: Talia Beckie

Second place, valued at $15,000: Isaiah Roemmele

Third place, valued at $10,000: Leah Trenson

Fourth to tenth place, valued at $5,000 each: Carter Bodell, Devin Ewasiw, Ashely Ganske, Katelyn Imbery, Odessa Kopp, Cheyenne Porter, Emily Taylor

The 4-H Foundation of Alberta is proud and honoured to create a legacy on behalf of Hansen/ Ness Family and will continue to award the Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship in 2019 and beyond. A minimum of $80,000 will be awarded each year going forward.

“Winning this scholarship is such an incredible honour,” says Talia Beckie, the first placed winner of the 2018 Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship. “The scholarship gives me the freedom to pursue my academic dreams without having to worry about financial limitations. If Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Lillian Ness were here today, I would tell them how inspired I am to live up to their legacy and that I hope to make them proud. Thank you for your generosity!”

The Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship will open its 2019 applications on May 1, 2019 and the application will be posted on the 4-H Alberta website:

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