The Texas Home Demonstration Association was organized in August 1926 by 399 women attending a farmer’s short course at A&M University. One of the purposes for organizing was to establish a scholarship for a deserving 4-H girl.
This original scholarship of $200 has grown to 12 in 2012, given annually at $1,000 each. Funding of these scholarships began with a 5 cent donation per member in 1926. Scholarships are now funded through the annual Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA) budget and awarded to both deserving boys and girls.
Jodie Wells, Greenwood/Slidell 4-H member, has benefited from the dedicated efforts of this association to support the 4-H program. Not only was she recently named the recipient of the $1,000 District 3 Thelma Wirges TEEA scholarship, she was also awarded the Greenwood Extension Education Club scholarship in the amount of $1,000. She will be a student at University of North Texas this fall.
Jodie was chosen for the scholarship after submitting her 4-H record book and an application. Judging criteria included 4-H experiences and projects, leadership, citizenship and community service, 4-H honors, outside 4-H activities and scholastic achievement.
For more information on how you can join in the efforts of Extension Education Association in Wise County, call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341.