Mary Ann Van Osdell, Eskew, Eric A. | 3/24/2009 2:17:31 AM
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.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture