Recipients of the 2020 MLBA Purple Ribbon 4-H Auction Scholarships were announced September 7. A total of 51 youth leaders with 4-H animal science projects were awarded 4-H Auction scholarships this year, totalling $87,000 in total dollars.
Through a matching grant, the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota supports a gift of $2,000 annually to this vital scholarship program, joining 57 businesses, organizations and individual donors in support of 4-H in 2020.
The cancellation of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair meant the cancellation of the 41st annual MLBA Purple Ribbon 4-H Auction, a State Fair tradition, said Kent Thiesse, Farm Management Analyst and Senior Vice President, MinnStar Bank, Lake Crystal and 4-H Auction Finance Chair. Organizers were pleased that the scholarship awards were still able to be held, albeit virtually.
“The ICBM congratulates the young people from across Minnesota who are recipients of these scholarship awards, just as it supports the community banks that are the economic engines of rural Minnesota,” said ICBM President and CEO Jim Amundson. “We look forward to seeing the impact of these young women and men on Minnesota’s future.”