The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation awarded Jacob Schurtz of Emerald with a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Francis and Phyllis Conrad. Schurtz plans to attend UW-Eau Claire/Barron County to study electrical or mechanical engineering.

Schurtz is a member of the Rustic Renegades 4-H Club in St. Croix County. He has served five years as a St. Croix County 4-H Ambassador and has achieved gold-level status, which means he had a participation level in 4-H of over 90%.

Schurtz graduates from high school this spring, receiving the Academic Letter of Achievement. He is also an active member of his community, making pet beds for animal shelters, participating in bake sales, and packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child, among other worthy causes.

"Our 4-H youth exemplify true leaders," says Brenda Scheider, Executive Director of Development for the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. "Jacob is a great example of a young person who is using the skills learned through 4-H to 'make the best better.' I know that our future is bright because of our 4-H youth."

The Conrad Memorial Scholarship was established in 1993 through a bequest from the estate of Phyllis Conrad. Phyllis was a longtime 4-H leader, and was Treasurer of the Clark County Fair Board. Francis farmed in Longwood, Wis. for more than 40 years.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation awards more than $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin 4-H students pursuing higher education every year, and awarded over $15,000 this year. Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth, development and leadership, academic performance and future educational goals.

For more information about the 4-H Foundation by visiting Wis4HFoundation.org.