WARSAW — Valerie Messmore, Pierceton, was recently honored as one of three college students in Indiana to receive the Indiana 4-H Foundation 2020 Premier Scholarship.
“During your last year of 4-H, members have the opportunity to apply for state scholarships based on service, awards and time put into 4-H throughout your membership,” said Messmore. “Last year I applied for the Indiana 4-H Leadership Accomplishment Scholarship and was awarded $1,000 after an extensive application and interview process. If you win an accomplishment scholarship, you can reapply next year to be awarded a $2,000 premier accomplishment scholarship which goes to students that have completed one year of college. I applied for this scholarship and was notified of my success in May.”
The accomplishment scholarships are based on a student’s involvement in different clubs, committees and events during their time in 4-H.
She was a 10 year 4-H member showing horses, feeder calves, dairy steers and dairy heifers. Her accomplishments include being awarded Supreme Showman in 2014 and an Extension All-Star in 2018.
In 2018, she lead a team of three to plan the first-ever 4-H Open House for Kosciusko county. The team presented to five middle schools in Kosciusko County and advertised leading up to our event. The event had over 200 guests in attendance with an 8 percent increase in 4-H enrollment that year. The 4-H Open House has now been an annual thing ever since.
Messmore is currently attending Purdue University in West Lafayette. She is double majoring in accounting and finance with a minor in human resource management.