Jim Wells County 4-H’ers received scholarships during the 71st annual Texas 4-H Roundup held at Texas A&M University in June. The Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation distributed more than $2.4 million in scholarships to outgoing 4-H members this year.

Erin Gallagher, Ashlyn Hesseltine and Morgan Gunn combined scholarships totaled $33,000.

Erin Gallagher

Gallagher was awarded a $4,000 Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship based on her 4-H application, career path and scholastics.

She is the daughter of Hayden and Amy Gallagher of Sandia and recently graduated from Orange Grove High School. Erin plans to attend Texas State University beginning in August.

“4-H has inspired me to set my goals high and don’t stop until you get there,” she said.

Ashlyn Hesseltine

Hesseltine was awarded a $10,000 Dick Walruth Foundation Scholarship based on her 4-H application, 4-H career, career path, and scholastics.

She is the daughter of Scooter and Erika Hesseltine of Orange Grove. Ashlyn recently graduated from Orange Grove High School and is attending the University of Texas in Austin in August. Ashlyn has taken many projects in 4-H and combined them to strengthen her 4-H health project which she has chosen to be also be her career path.

Morgan Gunn

Gunn was awarded a $3,000 Collegiate 4-H Scholarship based on her career path and 4-H involvement and a $16,000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship due to her academics and work at the university. Morgan is the daughter of Dr. Chris Gunn and is a member of the Texas A&M Class of 2018.

Morgan is a pre-vet major at Texas A&M University, Class of 2019. She has a genuine passion for animals.  Morgan had a serious horse accident two weeks ago while training her horse Sparky, but that has not dimmed her light and passion for working with animals and her horses.  She is on the mend and looking forward to the Fall Semester at Texas A&M.