Graduating 12th grade students enrolled in Buffalo County 4-H are encouraged to submit one or more essays by November 1 to receive $500 or $250 scholarships in spring of 2021. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom in November 2020.
Buffalo County 4-H Scholarship Policy
- Eligible youth are 12th grade high school graduating seniors who are members of Buffalo County 4-H at time of application.
- There are three types of 4-H Scholarships available in Buffalo County. Each type of scholarship could be awarded at both a $500 award and a $250 award. Those scholarships are:
- Youth Leadership (1-$500 and 1-$250) – A scholarship that recognizes 4-H members who have contributed to youth development through leadership defined by the competencies of planning, promoting, teaching, mentoring, advocating and advising others.
- 4-H Project Work (1-$500 and 1-$250) – A scholarship that recognizes 4-H members who demonstrate mastery in at least one 4-H project and share their skills and knowledge in a way that builds capacity for self and others.
- Serving-Learning (1-$500 and 1-$250) – A scholarship that recognizes 4-H members whose generosity has deeply impacted themselves and others in the community.
- The required submission materials for each application include:
- 1000 – 1500 word essay on the essay topic listed below
- Cover letter and 4-H resume according to current Buffalo County 4-H guidelines. An adult recommendation is not required.
- 4-H Scholarship Essay topics:
- Youth Leadership – What is your leadership philosophy and how did your 4-H experiences shape your understanding of what it means to lead your peers or work in partnership with adults?
- 4-H Project Work – What is your most significant 4-H project story to date? Write about one 4-H project experience and how you have grown as a result. Tell how you have influenced others through that one 4-H project.
- Serving-Learning – How is service-learning different from community service? Write about a service-learning experience you contributed to and how it impacted you and others in the community.
- Applicants must participate in an interview usually conducted the second Sunday in November.
- Scholarship materials are due November 1 annually. Documents may be emailed or sent by U.S. mail to the 4-H Youth Development Educator.
- Any applicant may apply for more than one scholarship during their graduating year. Each scholarship entry requires a separate 1000 word essay. Only one cover letter and 4-H resume needs to be submitted. Only one interview will take place. Graduating high school seniors are only eligible only receive one scholarship, no matter the number of essays submitted.
- Scholarship awards will be provided in cash at time of 4-H member’s student graduation award ceremonies. The dollar amount will be accompanied by a plaque.