Paul and Jean Hoshiko Memorial Family Scholarship
Katie is the daughter of Ty and Michelle Kip of Roggen, CO. She is a 9-year member of the Magic Spurs 4-H Club and is involved in foods and nutrition, and home design and décor. She was also involved in Beekeeping, cake decorating, clothing, food preservation and heritage arts. Katie is a Senior at Weld Central High School and is the yearbook Editor-in-Chief, member of FFA Greenhouse Manager and the National Honor Society.
Katie plans to attend Colorado Mesa University studying to become an Occupational Therapist. She was inspired to go into occupational therapy when she discovered that she needed to have surgery on both of her feet. Katie underestimated what a challenge it would be to recover after her surgery and began to wish she had more help. Years later, Katie discovered occupational therapy and began to wish that she had sooner. Occupational therapy dramatically reduced her pain and made her feel like she was no longer fighting for a normal life. It helped her feel like me again. Occupational therapy turned Katie’s “can’t” into a “can”. She decided to help others in this small field and take on the daunting task of becoming a licensed therapist. Ten years from now she hopes that her choice of degree and career will help her feel accomplished and successful in the long run. Seeing others succeed makes her feel like she’s done something right. Helping others conquer everyday tasks that we take for granted like cooking, cleaning, or getting dressed is not for everyone. This career field has longevity for her as she knows she’ll want to continue to problem solve and challenge herself.
After being in 4-H as long as she has, the club still finds ways to excite her. Every year members, new and old, come to meetings, fundraisers and go to the Fair. As President, Katie was always so excited to see a new member introduction on the agenda. Seeing the bright young faces with wonder in their eyes at Mardi Gras and meetings every year made her feel like she was part of a growing community. What Katie has loved about 4-H is getting to try a new skill each year without the fear of failure. 4-H and FFA created an environment where she was able to try something new each day, from beekeeping to welding, to floriculture, to cake decorating. Though Katie failed at many, it added to her confidence and skillset, forming a better leader. 4-H has always made Katie feel like she is something bigger than herself. Though her club and community are small, she knows that they are making an impact agriculture and the world at large.
Katie is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial Scholarship.