Rewarding Future Leaders in 4-H
Linda Joseph, BS '68 and Robert Joseph, BS '68, MS '70, PhD '75
From the time she was in middle school, Linda knew that she wanted to teach home economics. "I was active in 4-H growing up, participating in many cooking and sewing projects, and even showing Hereford cattle," said Linda. "Ohio State was the only university I considered because of my experiences in the 4-H Club Congress, first as a camper and then as a counselor."
As a senior in high school, Linda was awarded the Minnie Price scholarship after her 4-H agent nominated her for the award. The scholarship made it possible for her to attend Ohio State.
Linda strongly believes in the power of 4-H to build strong, successful leaders by teaching responsibility, work ethic, compassion, social skills and goal setting. During her time in 4-H, she learned public speaking techniques and demonstration skills that were essential to her success in teaching. She also learned the importance of giving back to the community through the many community service projects she participated in as part of Erie County 4-H.
Linda and Bob have remained connected to Ohio State through their involvement in the 4-H Foundation Board and Bob's connection with the Army ROTC alumni program. They recently established a scholarship for 4-H students in Erie County who are interested in attending Ohio State, in either the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or the Agricultural Technical Institute.
Programming for 4-H is always evolving. "I hope that our gift will enable another program to be established or enhanced," said Linda. "The scholarship may enable someone to attend Ohio State who would not have the financial means to do so."
Linda and Bob are also supporting the future of 4-H with a gift through their will. "Making a gift through our will was an easy way to reward these young leaders and support youth development through 4-H long into the future," said Linda.