Duval County 4-H Foundation
2014 Foundation Scholarships
Each year the Duval County 4-H Foundation awards two $1,000.00 scholarships to deserving 4-Hers. One of the scholarships is named after Tom Braddock who was an Extension Director and also a Founder of the Duval County 4-H Foundation. The other is named in honor of James Watson who was also an Extension Director. He had a weekly TV show titled, “Hi Neighbor” and was alsoa founding member of the 4-H Foundation in Duval County.This year we had three deserving 4-Hers, so a third scholarship was awarded, named after Ronald G. Adams who passed away this past spring. He was a long-time residence of the Oceanway community. His wife, Martha, has served on the Foundation Board for several years.
Let us introduce to you the three recipients our 2014 Foundation Scholarships:
The Tom Braddock Scholarship was awarded to Robert Manzone. He has been a part of 4-H for six years and belonged to the Duval Diplomats and the Rabbiteers. Robert held offices in both clubs, headed community service projects, and also served on the County Council. The many skills that he learned in 4-H will go with himthroughout his life. Robert plans to attend University ofNorth Florida in the Fall where he will study music.
The James Watson Scholarship was awarded to Neil Stagner III. Neil has been an active member of 4-H for the past seven years. He has been involved at the Club, County, District and State levels. 4-H has taught Neil valuable citizenship, public speaking and leadership skills.After graduation he plans to complete his AA degree and go on to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Central Florida.
The Ronald G. Adams Scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Weaver. Jennifer has been involved in 4-H forthirteen years. She began as a Cloverbud at the age of five all the way up to Teen Leader with the offices of Treasurer, President, Reporter and Recreation Leader. In 2012, Jennifer was awarded 4-Her of the year and has won numerous competitions in Poultry and Horticulture. Her plans are to attend FSCJ in the fall.
The Duval County 4-H Foundation, established in 1973, was created to enhance existing 4-H programs and to initiate new and innovative programs in youth development.
Each year Duval County 4-H serves approximately 8500 local youth through school enrichment, traditional clubs, and summer camp programs. Students, clubs, leaders and volunteers utilize 4-H academic study materials and complete hands-on projects in subjects such as: horticulture, animal sciences, technology, public speaking & leadership, citizenship & volunteerism, health, nutrition and home economics.
Duval County 4-H Foundation raises funds to support these programs through individual and local business contributions, fundraisers and grants.
The Mission of the Duval County 4-H Foundation is to enlist the contributions of individuals and business to support the educational goals of the local 4-H program to help youth:
Develop personal decision-making, communication and leadership skills.
Learn and apply principles of science & technology.
Understand the importance of food and fiber and the relationship to the world markets.
Learn about issues affecting families and communities and become part of the solution.
Forge partnerships between families, schools and businesses to create a network of caring adults to better serve the needs of rural and urban youth.
Duval County 4-H Foundation Scholarships
The Duval County 4-H Foundation will be
awarding two $1,000 scholarships this spring
to current high school seniors who have been active in the County 4-H program for 3 years or more and will be attending college full time this fall. Recent 4-H alumni who are still attending college may also apply, so please pass the word on to those you know could benefit from a college scholarship.
Seafood Dinner Auction
Table Decorating Contest
1st Place: Mandarin Mounties 4-H Club
Runner Up: Duval Ag Tech 4-H Club
We would like to extend a special thanks to all clubs who participated in this contest:
Duval Agricultural Technology
Westside Creation Explorers
Donors of the Duval County 4-H Foundation Seafood Dinner and Auction:
The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
David and Gaye Schmidt
Dr. Howard Acree
Duval 4-H County Council
The Jacksonville Symphony
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
James C. Richardson
Michael and Tracey Kenney
Museum of Science and History
Orange Park Furniture
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
Ripley’s Sightseeing Train
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Trad's Garden Center
Tree Hill Nature Center
UF/IFAS Extension, Duval County, Ag
UF/IFAS Extension, Duval County, FCS
Westside Wranglers 4-H Club
Wild Adventures Theme Park
Dr. Acree supported the 4-H Duval County Council:
In 2013, Dr. Acree provided financial support for the purchase of four green jackets for youth on the 4-H Duval County Council to wear while representing the 4-H program.
Jacksonville Kiwanis and Westside Kiwanis donation supported 4-Hers at Florida 4-H Congress:
In 2013, Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville and Kiwanis Westside supported Duval County 4-H Foundation by providing financial resources for 4-H youth to attend Florida 4-H Congress. At this week-long event, Florida 4-Hers from 67 counties participate in educational workshops, activities and competitions; covering a range of subject matters including science and technology, healthy lifestyles, citizenship and leadership.
Youth development is the focus of all 4-H activities. 4-H encourages individuals to reach their fullest potential and the Foundation strives to forge productive partnerships that lead to the success of 4-H programs in Duval County. You can help to support the Foundation’s mission:
Become a Member of the Foundation
You can become a member of the Duval County 4-H Foundation for as little as $25.
Benefactor $1,000 and above
Become a Member Today! (Click Here)
Establish an Endowment
The Duval County 4-H Foundation Endowment Fund established in 1999 was created as a permanent investment in 4-H Youth Development. Interest & dividends earned from the Endowment provides education, incentives, training, and personal development programs for 4-H youth members and volunteers.
Endowment Giving Levels:
Green Clover $5,000-$9,999
Silver Clover $10,000-$14,999
Gold Clover $15,000-$24,999
Ruby Clover $25,000-$49,999
Sapphire Clover $50,000-$99,999
Emerald Clover $100,000-$499,999
Platinum Clover $500,000-$999,999
Diamond Clover $1,000,000 and above
Donate items for Foundation fundraising events
Each year the Foundation looks for fundraising opportunities to support 4-H programs. The Foundation actively seeks out donated Items for the Annual Seafood Dinner & Auction, collects Coca Cola bottle & can tops and sponsors drives to collect old cell phones. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to fundraise. If you see an opportunity that agrees with the principles and values of 4-H contact the 4-H Office and let us know. (Click Here)
Volunteer your time
There are several opportunities to volunteer your time in 4-H. contact the 4-H Office for more information.(Click Here)
For more information about supporting the Duval County 4-H Program contact the Duval County 4-H Foundation Office at 904-255-7450 or send an email.
Foundation Board Members
The Foundation Board is comprised of community volunteers representing business & industry leaders, educators, Duval County Extension personnel, and 4-H youth.
- Board Members:
- Bill Crawford
- Carolynne Fooshee
- Dalton Dowdy
- Douglas Webb
- E. Howard Acree, II DVM
- Gale Stalling
- George Corey
- Judie Loveless
- Leslie Allen
- Martha Adams
- Mike Sweat, CED
- Rev. F. Ray Turner
- Warren Alvarez
- Tracey Kenney
- Honorary Board Members:
- Thomas Braddock
- Bob Miles
- Elwood Geiger
- J.Bryan Cooksey
- Marjorie Modesky
- Dennis Jammes
- Gary Roegner
- County Extension:
- Andy Toelle, 4-H Agent
- 4-H County Council Youth Representative
- Amaris Daniels
- President – Leslie Allen
- Vice-President– Gale Stalling
- Secretary – Carolynne Fooshee
- Treasurer – Judie Loveless