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The Nobuko Nicholson Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1986, the Nobuko Nicholson Memorial Scholarship was created to award local 4-Her's work in home economics and life sciences projects. A native of Japan, Nobuko married Myron Nicholson, while he was stationed at a local Air Force Base. After the couple moved to the United States in 1956, Nobuko sought her American citizenship in 1961.

Becoming active in a local Extension Club Unit, Nobuko became acquainted with 4-H programs. As a parent volunteer in her children's, Charles and Deketa's, Richland Boosters 4-H Club, in Dodge City, Nobuko served as a Food Project Leader. In the mid-1970's, she assisted the Kansas State 4-H Office in the organization of the LABO International Youth Exchange Program between Kansas and Japan. This program remains active today. Following Nobuko's untimely passing after a automobile accident, the family established this scholarship as memorial to her passion of working with 4-H youth.