John Worthington Memorial Scholarship
June 8, 2009
The Larimer County 4-H Youth Foundation is pleased to announce that the John Worthington Family of Carr, Colo., has selected Virginia Baker of Loveland, Colo., as this year’s recipient of the John Worthington Memorial Scholarship.
Virginia is the daughter of John and Stephanie Baker. She has completed 11 years in 4-H and graduated in May, from Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colo. She has been active in the Horse program and has been involved in numerous community service projects, such as assisting fire and hurricane victims, cleaning up a local reservoir, Adopt-a-Family program during the holidays and spearheaded the project of new playgrounds at the fairgrounds. Virginia plans to major in Agricultural Business at Colorado State University.
The late John Worthington and his wife Jackie (Holderness) from Hayden, Colo. operated the family farm in Fort Collins, Colo. from 1956 to 1974, and then moved to a ranch near Maybell, Colo. In 1990, they purchased a ranch in northern Larimer County, continuing the cow/calf operation. John and Jackie were active in 4-H, CSU Cooperative Extension committees in Larimer and Moffat Counties, serving as leaders of 4-H and local agriculture organizations. The Larimer County Commissioners presented Jackie with the first “Worthington Award” in December, 2004, in recognition of exemplary volunteer service made by the late John Worthington. The John Worthington Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 to assist 4-H members in Moffat or Larimer Counties to further their education. In February, 2006, Jackie received the Master Agriculturist Award by the Fort Collins Rotary Club as sole operator of the ranch. Jackie continues to operate the and serves on the Board of the Larimer County Farm Bureau and is a member of the Stockgrowers Association.