OVB names 2020 4-H Scholars
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio - Olivia Harrison, Josie Hill, Austin Rose, Brittany Sowards, Joshua Amato and Abby Meldick were named the recipients of the 2020 Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Scholarship. To date, the bank has helped 235 4-H members pay for college through the program.
Olivia Harrison, of Gallipolis, Ohio, was named the Gallia County scholar. She is the daughter of Trent and Leda Harrison and a member of Early Birds 4-H Club. She will graduate from South Gallia High School this spring and plans to attend Marshall University to study nursing.
Josie Hill, of Henderson, W.Va., was named the Mason County scholar. She is the daughter of Patrick and Tina Hill and a member of Haer Bears 4-H Club. She will graduate from Point Pleasant High School this spring and plans to attend Glenville State College to study to become a secondary mathematics teacher.
Austin Rose, of Racine, Ohio, was named the Meigs County scholar. He is the son of Brent Rose and Chasity Roush and a member of Wooly Bully’s & More 4-H Club. He will graduate from Southern High School this spring and plans to attend Hocking College to study heavy equipment operations.
Brittany Sowards, of Salt Rock, W.Va., was named the Cabell County Scholar. She is the daughter of Charles and Trilla Sowards and a member of Salt Rock Indians 4-H Club. She will graduate from Cabell Midland High School this spring and plans to attend Mountwest Community and Technical College to study to become a veterinary technician.
Joshua Amato of Piketon, Ohio, was named the Pike County Scholar. He is the son of Josh and Chrystal Amato and a member of Chix-n-Chaps 4-H Club. He will graduate from Piketon High School this spring and plans to attend Shawnee State University to study electromechanical engineering.
Abby Meldick of Oak Hill, Ohio, was named the Jackson County Scholar. She is the daughter of Shane and Melody Meldick and a member of Franklin Guys and Gals 4-H Club. She will graduate from Oak Hill High School this spring and plans to attend the University of Rio Grande to study elementary education.
Created in 1986, for over 30 years the Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Scholarship Program has recognized outstanding high school seniors for their accomplishments in 4-H. Recipients receive $3,000 over 4 years which is typically presented to them during the county fair.
Winners are determined by 4-H advisors and volunteers. 4-H involvement accounts for 50 percent of the decision. The other half considers the individual’s experiences in other groups and activities, academic accomplishments and potential for success.
Ohio Valley Bank, established in 1872 and based in Gallipolis, operates 16 offices throughout southern Ohio and western West Virginia. The company is a subsidiary of Ohio Valley Banc Corp. whose stock is traded on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol OVBC. Pandemic-related banking information can be found at www.ovbc.com/covid-19.