4-H holds scholarship event

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— Jamie Simpson's career as a veterinarian technician has its roots in her nine years in Routt County 4-H.

"I did a lot of the leadership stuff and attended conferences on team building," Simpson said. "It is helping me now being able to work with clients and see things from a different point of view."

Simpson received a college scholarship from the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Committee.

"It made it easier because I didn't have to work during college," she said. "I could focus my time on school, which made a huge difference."

The Scholarship Committee is hosting a fundraiser Sunday at the Saddleback Ranch with a traditional Western dinner, an auction and live music by the Yampa Valley Boys and Brenn Hill.

Bill Montag, a member of the Scholarship Committee, said Hill was voted Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists in 2004.

"He plays great Western music," Montag said. "His music is more about the mountains and the Western way of life. He has a message like John Denver did in the 1970s : he's young and transcends a lot of boundaries."

The scholarship fund provides students with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 a year.

"We gave away $20,000 last year," said Jay Whaley, Routt County 4-H extension agent. "We have given $145,100 since 1994 and awarded 118 scholarships to 73 different kids."

The only requirement for the scholarship is that the recipient must have been in 4-H for at least three years.

"Kids can join from the time they are 8 to 18," Whaley said. "It is a youth development program that really focuses on leadership and we do that through our projects."

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