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 Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarships
February 1, 2014

Application Deadline

Central Iowa 4-H Gala
February 22, 2014
The Meadows at Prairie Meadows, 
Altoona, Iowa 

March 1, 2014
The Celebration Farm
Iowa City, Iowa 

C.J.'s 100th Birthday Reception
March 8, 2014 10:30am-12pm
Green Hills Retirement Community
Ames, Iowa

State 4-H Recognition Day
March 29, 2014
Iowa State University Campus
Ames, Iowa
Apply for Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarships  
Are you, or do you know, an Iowa 4-H'er planning to attend college? The Iowa 4-H Foundation knows it's not easy to finance a college education.

This year the Iowa 4-H Foundation will be offering scholarships valued over $65,000! Scholarships range in value from $500 to $3,500.

Iowa 4-H members are eligible to apply for 4-H scholarships if they meet individual scholarship requirements. Eligibility requirements can be viewed with the Iowa 4-H Scholarship Listing.

For more information and to apply please visit our scholarship website. Scholarship applications must be submitted online by February 1, 2014.
A Search For Unique Gala Auction Items
Do you have a vacation
property you would be willing to donate a week for our gala
auction? How about access to something unique you are willing to part with? Do you have some spare restaurant certificates you could send to us? Or offer an interesting experience people would be willing to pay for?
We can use your help! Please contact our Executive Director, Kris Fish Kuhlmann, at (515) 294-1552 or to further discuss, and/or make arrangements to pick up. 
Thank You!  
The Iowa 4-H Foundation held their Quarterly Board Meeting at John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group in Urbandale, Iowa on Friday, January 17. John Deere provided the foundation with meeting space and lunch for the board trustees and staff members. 
Hagie Manufacturing in Clarion, Iowa will host the next Quarterly Board Meeting in April. 
The Iowa 4-H Foundation would like to thank their corporate sponsors such as John Deere and Hagie Manufacturing for the contributions that they make to help support 4-H in Iowa.
If your company would like to give to Iowa 4-H in this way, please contact Executive Director, Kris Fish Kuhlmann, at (515) 294-1552.
4-H Homepage
Funding Opportunities for Iowa's Youth
Kris's Korner 

Bring Back the Legacy 

Did you happen to be a 4-H'er?  Were you lucky enough to have landed yourself in circumstances that your parents, aunt and uncle, cousins, grandparents, or neighbor encouraged you to be a 4-H'er?  Let alone experienced all the tremendous diverse paths 4-H had to offer you?  Experience from county fair projects, to record book awards, opportunities to speak on the radio or appear on TV, shake hands with people in notorious positions?  Take trips or participate in an interstate (or international!) exchange?  Attend National Congress or National Conference?  Participate as an officer of your club, county council, or even State Council?


I was.  And I have said, and will say, for the rest of my life that 4-H was the single biggest reason I became who I did.  And it was all captured by the "luck" of the circumstances I found myself in.  One of those "lucky" influences was exposure at a national level to attend Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) at our National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD. (often referred to "Washington, D.C.")    

Outstanding 4-H Leader Award Nomination Available 
The Iowa 4-H Foundation along with Loren Kruse and Successful Farming will present the second annual Loren Kruse/Successful Farming Outstanding 4-H Leader Award. The recipient of this award is one who has dedicated their time, talents and treasures to ensure  their 4-H club members receive the best 4-H experience possible. The award will be presented to the recipient at a state-level function, along with $1,000 to designate to one of the five different payment options to select from. 
Individual 4-H'ers, past or present, or a club, may nominate a 4-H leader for this prestigious award.
Online nomination applications must be submitted by 
February 1, 2014
Thank you Successful Farming and Loren Kruse for making this award possible and helping us to honor our outstanding Iowa 4-H Club Leaders.
Celebrate C.J. Gauger's 100th Birthday! 
C.J. Gauger, retired state 4-H Leader and 4-H icon, will be turning 100 on March 6, 2014! Share a card or note with C.J. highlighting your 4-H story and the impact its made on your life. Donations to the Iowa 4-H Foundation can also be named in honor of C.J.'s lifetime commitment to 4-H and designated to your favorite 4-H project area. 

Join us in honoring C.J.'s 100th birthday. 
A cake and punch reception is planned for Saturday, March 8 from 10:30am-12pm at Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames, Iowa. 

Cards and gifts can be mailed to the Iowa 4-H Foundation at:

Iowa 4-H Foundation
Attn: CJ's 100th
Extension Youth 4-H Building
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

 2014 Iowa 4-H Foundation Gala  
Registration is open for the Central Iowa 4-H Gala, presented by John Deere, which will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at The Meadows at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. Registration is also open for the Eastern Iowa 4-H Gala that will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at The Celebration Farm in Iowa City, Iowa.   

Each year the Gala event continues to grow thanks to the support of our generous 4-H sponsors. We hope to raise $175,000 this year to support Iowa 4-H.  Thank you to our following sponsors for continuing to help us "make the best better."

Central Iowa 4-H Gala Sponsors:      
Presenting Sponsor:                                      Event Sponsor :                  


Hospitality Sponsors:

Print Sponsor:
Table Hosts: Nationwide/Nationwide Agribusiness, Heartland Marketing, Kris Fish Kuhlmann, Monsanto, Jacobson Companies, ISU Extension & Outreach, Successful Farming

Eastern Iowa 4-H Gala Sponsors:

Event Sponsor:                                              Hospitality Sponsor:
Table Hosts: John Deere, Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc., Mitch Baum, ISU Extension & Outreach, Bob & Taci Lilienthal

Both Gala events will feature a silent and live auction including items made by Iowa 4-H'ers, sports memorabilia and extravagant vacations as well as a dessert and purse auction. If you would like to donate an auction item for our Gala event please contact Brittany Behrendsen at or (515)294-1607.

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