This fund was established in memory of Debbie Plank, who was a 4-H leader for 14 years and served as co-chairman of the 4-H foods project and foods auction for 13 years. Not only did she volunteer her time and efforts where needed with 4-H activities, she also was a member of Mohawk United Methodist Church where she was an organist, and helped out with various Church activities including youth activities. She even got to serve for a little while on the Hancock County Community Foundation board. Debbie was a wonderful person who put faith and family first and her friends even became a part of her family.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or other post-secondary institution, be actively pursuing at a minimum, an associate’s degree, be of high moral character, have maintained at least a “C” average on prior academic work, and have participated in the 4-H foods projects for at least 6 years. The majority of the student’s 4-H participation must be in Hancock County 4-H. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of 4-H activities and leadership (50%), community involvement (30%), and application packet, including essay and letter of recommendation (20%).