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Ohio teens selected as Roth Scholars

June 12, 2024
Ohio delegates smile for a photo during the 4-H Leadership Academy kick off.

In May, National 4-H Council announced a partnership with Atlanta-based businessman and philanthropist, Joel Roth, who provided a $1.1M gift to launch the 4-H Leadership Academy (The Academy). This two-year pilot will provide 25 high school students with employability skills that business leaders seek, including communication, leadership, ethics, conflict resolution, and social responsibility.

Known as Roth Scholars, The Academy’s first cohort are participants from five 4-H Cooperative Extension Land Grant Universities, Auburn University, Rutgers University, The Ohio State University, University of Idaho, and University of Minnesota.

The teens selected from Ohio include: Dane Cresswell, Makenna Lybarger, Campbell Pohlman, Logan Pridemore, and Campbell Reese.

Academy participants will receive stipends to support research projects that address community challenges. In addition, mentors support their learning in areas such as ethical decision-making, logic and reasoning, conflict resolution, and written and verbal communication. The culmination of the program will see the Roth Scholars implement the lessons learned in the cohort to drive research-based community impact.

In May, the Roth Scholars traveled to Atlanta to kick off the 4-H Leadership Academy as they begain thinking about their community challenge projects and developing action plans.