Perry Grosch of Brunswick County was honored for his achievements at the annual North Carolina 4-H Scholarship and Awards Reception and Partnership Luncheon recently held in Raleigh during North Carolina 4-H Congress. Perry, son of Gus Grosch and Jane Kulesza, was recognized at the state-level as the 2010 Forestry and Natural Resources Cumulative Record Gold Winner in the 16-18 year-old division, and awarded a $150 check sponsored by the Fred & Dot Wagoner Forestry Endowment.
Perry was also one of the seventy plus youth that were awarded a North Carolina 4-H Scholarship for 2010. He received the Southeast District 4-H Development Fund Scholarship that is sponsored by the contributions from retired employees of the NC Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H alumni, and friends of the NC 4-H program. The $1,000 scholarship will go towards Perry’s freshman year tuition at the College of Wooster in Ohio this fall. His county 4-H agent, Blair Green, comments, “I am so proud of Perry and his accomplishments. I have watched him grow tremendously during the last four years and have seen him mature into a concerned and active citizen dedicated to helping others. Perry truly exemplifies the spirit of 4-H.”
The Scholarship and Awards Reception and Partnership Luncheon celebrates outstanding North Carolina 4-H’ers who have distinguished themselves through their long-term project work, as delegates to national 4-H events, and recognizes those youth who are awarded college scholarships. This year 4-H honored over 137 4-H’ers and awarded over $66,000 in academic scholarships.
In addition to celebrating the achievements of 4-H youth, the event brings those young people face-to-face with the partners who make 4-H possible. Each 4-H’er meets and enjoys lunch with the donor who provided the funds for the scholarship or award provided that day.
“This event highlights the importance of the partnerships between youth and adults,” explained Dr. Michael Martin, Executive Director of the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund. “It is an opportunity to recognize our outstanding youth who in turn are able to thank the people who helped to make their success possible.”
The annual North Carolina 4-H Scholarship and Awards Reception and Partnership Luncheon was held on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the NC State Campus in Raleigh.