The Minnesota 4-H Foundation and Univer-sity of Minnesota Exten-sion are pleased to announce the 2017 Andrea Ruesch Regional 4-H Scholarship recipients. The Andrea Ruesch Scholarship was established in 2010 by the Family of Andrea Ruesch, in memory of her dedication and contributions to the Minnesota 4-H program.

Based on the family’s belief in positive youth development, the focus of the scholarship is on demonstrated learning through hands-on experience and using what you have learned to help others through youth leadership.

The scholarship committee announces the eleven $1,000 scholarship recipients:

Daniel Bartels, Chippewa County 4-H Nina Buchanan Chippewa County 4-H

Ramsey Piotter, Cottonwood County 4-H

Madelyn Vancura, Jackson County 4-H

Kyla Fuerstenberg, Nobles County 4-H

Emily Blom, Pipestone County 4-H

Eric Pietz, Pipestone County 4-H

Moriah Flanagan, Rock County 4-H

Mira Uithoven, Rock County 4-H

Liana Blomgren, Watonwan County 4-H

Walker Regier, Watonwan County 4-H

The mission of Minne-sota 4-H Youth Develop-ment is to engage youth, in partnership with adults, in quality learning opportunities that enable them to shape and reach their full potential as active citizens in a global community. These students exemplify the life and leadership skills we hope all youth have the opportunity to develop.

High school seniors and first-year college students currently enrolled in 4-H in one of the following nine counties are eligible to apply:Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock and Watonwan. Contributions to the Andrea Ruesch Scholar-ship can be made anytime by sending your gift to the Minnesota 4-H Found-ation,

Attn: Wan Tansatit, 9 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108. The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is a non-profit foundation that works to raise funds from individuals, businesses, and foundations to support University of Minnesota Extension 4-H programs around the state. For more information about making a gift to support your local 4-H program, please contact the Minnesota 4-H Foundation at 612-624-7971. If you or your family would like to learn more about the 4-H program and the wide variety of opportunities available, contact your local Extension office.