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Foundation to Fund 4-H Scholarships

LAS CRUCES -- For the second year, five New Mexico 4-Hers will receive $2,000 college scholarships funded by the Linebery Foundation.

Tom and Evelyn Linebery of the Frying Pan Ranch established the foundation in 1997 to reward senior 4-Hers. The 1998 scholarships will be presented in July at the State 4-H Conference.

4-H is a New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service program.

The scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors. Judging is based on applicants' overall record in 4-H. Grade point average, achievement, leadership and citizenship are considered.

"It is fitting that this award of five $2,000 scholarships comes from one of the most outstanding ranchers of the nation," said Stevan Pearce, past president of the New Mexico 4-H Foundation.

The Lineberys have ranched for 63 years in southeastern New Mexico and eastern Texas. Their ranch stretches from Jal, N.M., to Kermit, Texas.

In July 1997, the first year of the scholarships, four of five recipients attended NMSU in Las Cruces: Jessie Decker of Farmington, and Curtis Bounds, Ellen Marie Zwank and Stephanie Hefley, all of Las Cruces. The fifth recipient, Brandi Farkas of New Mexico Girls' Ranch near Santa Fe, attends Bel Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in Denver, Colo.

To apply for the scholarships, applicants must submit a completed, current 4-H record book and an application form, available in county Extension offices. For more information, contact Jesse Holloway at the State 4-H Office in Las Cruces, at (505) 646-3026.