JAMESTOWN-David Morrison and Fred Johnson believed in 4-H and the lessons it provided youth in Chautauqua County.
Both of their families created a scholarship at the Chautauqua Region Community in 2017 in their memory to continue supporting 4-H Hog Program members.
One of the nation’s largest youth organizations, the Chautauqua County chapter, boasts roughly 500 active members between the ages of 5-19 who, along with adult volunteers, participate in a variety of programs that focus on the 4-H philosophy of developing competent, caring and capable citizens.
4-H’s animal education classes, one of its most well known programs, teach youth to care for animals from birth, up to the time they are ready for production. Both Morrison and Johnson spent years working with local youth raising hogs.
The Chautauqua County 4-H Hog Project Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually during the Chautauqua County Fair to a graduating high school senior, majoring in Agriculture, Business, Educational or Vocational Studies. Applicants must have spent a minimum of three successful years in the Chautauqua County 4-H Hog Program.
In addition, applicants must show strength of character that not only models the 4-H way to others, but also shows the benefit of 4-H and the Hog Project in their lives.
Applications are now available online at crcfonline.org, in the high schools’ guidance offices, or at the Bratt Agricultural Center. Applications are due April 1. For questions, contact the Community Foundation at (716) 661-3390.