Two accomplished 4-H members have been awarded the George L. Farley scholarship for 2019. This scholarship is available to current/former 4-H members attending UMass Amherst and is presented in recognition of George L. Farley who was the State 4-H Leader in Massachusetts from 1916 to 1941. He is considered by many to have contributed more to the 4-H program in Massachusetts than any other person.
Maria Fabiano was an active 4-H member for twelve years. During those years she served as the president of her club and as a 4-H Ambassador. She was active in her community as a volunteer and particpated in many community service efforts. Maria states that she is most thankful to 4-H for the Visual Presentation program which enabled her to get over her fear of public speaking. She credits her public speaking skills with helping her be more sucessful in her school work. Her goal is to become a physical therapist to be able to help people, especially young athletes, to remain physically active.
Haley Bernardo has been a member of the Natick Community Organic Farm 4-H Club (NCOF) for five years. When she started with that group she had very little experience with large animals. Her career goal is to become a veterinarian and the hands-on experience with large animals has opened her eyes to the option of being a veterinarian specializing in livestock. Serving as the president and community service coordinator of the NCOF 4-H club she organized community service events including work at nursing homes and with other non-profit organizations.