SWEPCO Creates Endowment For 4-H Foundation

Eric Eskew, Van Osdell, Mary Ann  |  5/24/2007 1:44:02 AM

Brian Bond, second from left in back, presented a $2,500 check to the LSU 4-H Foundation as the first installment for a $10,000 endowment to send 4-H'ers to camp. In front are students Tiqusha Venious, Krystian Parker, Tremond Thomas, Bryce Culotta and leader Christy Presley. Back row: Troy Menard, Bond, Eric Eskew, Kenneth Loftin, Jeannie Crnkovic, Jere McBride and Ricky Kilpatrick. They are at Central Park Elementary School in Bossier City. (Photo by Mary Ann Van Osdell)

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.

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Contact: Eric Eskew at (225) 578-2972, or eaeskew@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Mary Ann Van Osdell at (318) 741-7430, ext. 1104, or mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu

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