Eric Eskew, Van Osdell, Mary Ann | 5/24/2007 1:44:02 AM
News Release Distributed 05/23/07
Southwestern Electric Power Co. of Shreveport has pledged a $10,000 endowment with the Louisiana 4-H Foundation that will positively impact 4-H’ers in six parishes.
SWEPCO 4-H Leadership Scholarships will be given annually to select 4-H members to attend 4-H Camp at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center near Pollock, said Eric Eskew, executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation. The recipients of this summer camp scholarship must be active status 4-H members from Caddo, Bossier, Webster, DeSoto, Red River or Bienville parishes.
4-H Camp, an educational program of the LSU AgCenter, provides an opportunity for students, grades 4 through 6, to develop a variety of life skills related to head, heart, hands and health at a one-week summer camp, Eskew said.
Scholarship awards will be for one summer camp period. New recipients will be selected annually. A recipient may receive this award for more than one summer camp period, Eskew said.
Because it will take a few years to build interest from the endowment, SWEPCO made a separate $1,200 gift to sponsor 10 campers to the 2007 4-H Camp, Eskew said.
Brian Bond of SWEPCO presented the first installment to the endowment, $2,500, at a ceremony at Central Park Elementary School in Bossier City on May 23. On hand were 4-H members from the school, 4-H agents from the LSU AgCenter and 4-H Foundation board members and staff.
For more information on 4-H and 4-H Camp, contact your local LSU AgCenter parish extension office.