The 4-H Foundation of Alberta awarded $80,000 in scholarships to 10 Alberta rural farm youth and a Stettler resident was one of them.
Katelyn Imbery received a $5,000 scholarship. The award is given to youth who leave their areas to study.
“I was truly in shock from winning this award,” said Imbery. “I called my family right away to let them know I had won and we were all immensely happy, with the odd happy tear.”
Imbery, who is working on her bachelor of education at Red Deer College, says she plans to use the money for tuition, rent and textbooks.
Imbery has been in horse 4-H for seven years.
“My favourite part about 4-H is helping the younger members and expanding my knowledge. There is always something new to learn or teach and I can always expand on my knowledge through the 4-H atmosphere.”
The money was awarded in September but announced late November through the Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship, which was established by Lillian and Edward Ness in honour and memory of Lillian’s parents, Elmer and Ona Hansen.
“The 4-H Foundation of Alberta worked hard to establish the highest paying scholarship in 4-H Alberta’s history,” said Leah Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta. “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.”