Evanston 4-H’er wins $3,000 scholarship
An Evanston, Wyo., 18-year-old has received a $3,000 college scholarship from JCPenney Afterschool and has donated the matching $3,000 to the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation.
Tycee Mohler, a member of the Fandogo’s and Wahzoo’s 4-H clubs in Uinta County, was one of 50 semifinalists who received $3,000 college scholarships in the JCPenney Afterschool essay contest. Recipients then donated a matching amount to the nonprofit of their choice.
Students wrote 250-word essays about their community service. Nearly 800 essays were received.
“It was a shock,” said Mohler. “I was hoping to make it, but I didn’t think I would because of all the other amazing kids in the nation.”
Mohler, the daughter of Doreen and Terry Christiansen, has been a 4-H’er since age 8. “4-H has played a major role in who I am,” she said. “Tomorrow’s future is in the hands of today’s youth. The best way to help our nation is to help our youth.”
Mohler has helped build and place a sandbox for children whose mothers are in a local safehouse and rebuilt the hog wash racks at the county fairgrounds; they would pinch fingers and could be pushed around by the hogs. Mohler was a member of the 2010 State Leadership Team in 4-H, and she’s also worked with youth in Africa.
In addition to the semifinalists, a $50,000 grand prize, $30,000 first prize and $20,000 second prize were awarded by JCPenney Afterschool. The recipients were in Florida, California and Texas, respectively. They also donated matching amounts to a nonprofit of their choice.
Mohler donated the money to the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation.
“I want to help other youth have the opportunities I’ve had,” explained Mohler. “I couldn’t think of a better place to put it.”
The foundation provides educational opportunities, incentives and recognition for 4-H’ers and provides support to 4-H programs in all 23 Wyoming counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation.
“I am so thankful for this opportunity, and God has definitely blessed me,” Mohler said. “He is the reason I got this scholarship.”
Mohler plans to attend Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne and pursue dual majors in agriculture and pre-med.
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