Chesapeake Energy sponsors scholarships for 4-H summer camp

Mary Ann Van Osdell, Eskew, Eric A.  |  3/24/2009 2:17:31 AM

News Release Distributed 03/23/09

Chesapeake Energy is sponsoring 60 scholarships for students in six northwest Louisiana parishes to attend 4-H summer camp.

The scholarships will help enable children from underprivileged, at-risk or low-income households to attend the camp at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center, said Eric Eskew, executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation.

The program will pay half of the $55 registration fee if the parish or camper finds matching funds for the other half, Eskew said.

Recipients must be from Caddo, Sabine, Red River, Webster, DeSoto or Bossier Parish.

“The 4-H camp scholarship program is one of many ways private companies can get involved with Louisiana 4-H,” Eskew said. “We are very appreciative of a company like Chesapeake that acknowledges that support for 4-H youth ultimately benefits the future of our state.”

Camp scholarship applications are available by contacting 4-H agents in the participating parishes. Deadlines depend on which session campers attend but begin May 1.

4-H camp, an educational program of the LSU AgCenter, strives to develop a variety of life skills at one-week summer camp sessions.

Each summer close to 5,000 youth in grades four through six from all 64 Louisiana parishes attend the camp located near Pollock.

In addition, a special one-week camp is held the first week of August for seventh- and eighth-graders. Called Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology Camp, or LOST Camp, it focuses on rocketry, wetlands, energy, outdoor skills, GPS and forensic science.

Any business interested in making a difference for 4-H youth may contact the Louisiana 4-H Foundation at (225) 578-1172 or www.la4hfoundation.org.

Mary Ann Van Osdell 

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