Courtney, the daughter of Melvin and Carolyn Burch of Robstown, was a cum laude graduate and excelled in tennis and community-services projects benefiting T-M schools. Her extracurricular activities included volunteering at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

She is currently attending the University of Texas at San Antonio where she is majoring in biology.

The two-year, $500 scholarship is awarded annually to one outstanding Nueces County 4-H member that is a high school graduate or incoming high school senior who best exemplifies the spirit of 4-H, "To make the best better."

The scholarship is intended to encourage older youth to remain active in 4-H club work and to help them develop skills to become our community and business leaders of the future.

Courtney has served in various officer capacities in the Nueces County 4-H Council and the T-M 4-H Club. During her 10 years in the local 4-H program, she was recognized with the Outstanding Junior, Outstanding Intermediate, Outstanding Senior, Gold Star, Golden Clover, Danforth I Dare You, and Jacket awards.

This year she was also presented with the Misty Wimberly 4-H Ambassador Award for portraying 4-H as a model of excellence in order that the 4-H program might be more widely known as an effective means of helping youths to become productive and contributing citizens.

Courtney has been heavily involved in the major livestock shows, including the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show, specializing is showing meat goats.

Burch was also recently awarded the American Youth Foundation's National Leadership Award in recognition of her personal integrity, balanced living and leadership potential.

The honor was presented by Nueces County Extension Agent-Horticulture Michael Potter Aug. 10 during award ceremonies at the old showbarn in Robstown.

The National Leadership Award is presented each year by the American Youth Foundation in cooperation with principals, counselors, county 4-H agents, church groups and other organizations across the country.