COLUMBUS -- Awards and scholarships valued at over $92,000 were presented to 4-H youths on June 2 at the 2010 Achievement Awards and Scholarship banquet. The youth came from 39 counties throughout Ohio to attend the banquet, which was held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State University's campus. In all, 59 4-Hers were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.

Among those recognized was Kayla Hinds of Newcomerstown, an 11-year member of the Kids & Critters and Thunder Valley Pioneers 4-H clubs. Hinds, the daughter of Kevin and Gladys Hinds of Newcomerstown, was the recipient of a $3,000 Paul A. and Ethel I. Smith Scholarship. In addition to club activities, she has been an active participant in the Tuscarawas County 4-H Older Youth program, a camp counselor, a Junior Fair Board member, and competed as part of the livestock judging team. She has successfully exhibited at both the county and state fair. Hinds plans to pursue a degree in Agricultural Engineering at The Ohio State University.

At the banquet, over $63,000 in college scholarships was presented to 33 youth. More than 455 4-H members competed to receive these scholarships based on their leadership, community service, academic standing, and 4-H involvement and achievements. The scholarships are made possible by donors who recall how 4-H made a difference in their lives and want to provide a gateway to higher education for Ohio youth. An additional 26 youth received special awards and trip opportunities.

There are more than 330,000 youth in more than 14,000 clubs led by over 22,000 volunteers involved in the Ohio 4-H program, which is the youth development arm of Ohio State University Extension. It is made possible through a collaboration by the state of Ohio, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and either the Board of County Commissioners or directly by taxpayers in nearly every county in the state.

Ohio 4-H offers a variety of hands-on educational experiences to diverse audiences through community clubs, school enrichment, after-school programming, international experiences and more. The 4-H program has expanded to include more than 200 projects ranging from remote controlled vehicles to gardening, woodworking to genealogy, cows to cooking and even bicycles to theater arts.

The event was sponsored by The Nationwide Insurance Foundation and board members of The Ohio 4-H Foundation.