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Jessica Kimbro: 4-H participation makes better grades, civic engagement likely

Research has shown that young people who participate in 4-H are more likely to make better grades in school, attend college, be physically active and become engaged citizens. And we believe that means a better Texas.

Senior 4-H members across this great state are eligible to compete for multiple scholarships, including those awarded by the Blackland Income Growth Program.

The BIG Program awards 12 scholarships to outstanding 4-H members in the 23 counties that make up the blackland area, including Denton County. There are 10 $1,000 scholarships and two $1,500 scholarships. These will be presented at the annual BIG luncheon. The two $1,500 scholarships are awarded to an applicant planning to study agribusiness.

Scholarships were presented to 4-H members at the 55th Blackland Income Growth Conference held recently at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. Eric Bost, assistant director for external relations and business development at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University, College Station, was the luncheon speaker.

Macy Archer of Krum High School was one of nine recipients of a 2016 BIG Scholarship.

According to its website, the BIG Program seeks to improve the overall agricultural and agri-business economy of the blackland area by placing special educational emphasis on the areas of soil and water management and conservation, agricultural enterprise technological and economic adjustment and diversification, favorable financial and market opportunities for agricultural enterprises and efficient production and marketing of agricultural commodities.

For more information on scholarships and deadlines, contact the Denton County AgriLife Extension office at

JESSICA KIMBRO is the 4-H and Youth Development county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2884 or via email at