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Scholarship to memorialize Richard Shadden

Commissioner Ben Bowman challenged fellow commissioners to give $100 toward the remainder needed to endow a Richard Shadden 4-H Scholarship Fund.
Connie Sharp, co-director of the Washington County Extension, asked for the commission’s support of the scholarship during the Dec. 19 meeting.
Extension staff members have jointly contributed $1,550 and are now inviting others to help. A total of $5,000 is needed to endow the scholarship with the Tennessee 4-H Foundation in Knoxville.
The original $5,000 will serve as the fund principal, and only the interest earnings will be distributed each year as scholarships. Sharp said they hope to award an annual $250 scholarship to a 4-H member in Washington County.
“Over the years we built a strong relationship with Richard,” said Chief Deputy Joe McCray. “Almost all of our agriculture agents were judges at the fair, and we worked closely with him.”
In addition, Shadden was one of the county commissioners serving on the Extension’s Agriculture Committee. “For the last year, he was chairman of the committee, which serves as a steering body,” McCray said.
Shadden, who served as the Appalachian Fair manager for more than two decades, died unexpectedly in May.
Anyone wishing to make a gift for the Richard Shadden 4-H Scholarship Fund can stop by or mail a check to the Washington County Extension Office at 206 W. Main St., Jonesborough, Tenn. 37659-1320. Checks should be made out to the Tennessee 4-H Foundation.
“We will eventually add to the principal, we’re not stopping at $5,000,” McCray said.
The Tennessee 4-H program, the youth education program of the Cooperative Extension Service, has more than 300,000 participants.