- 4-H involvement at county, regional, state, national and international levels
- Outstanding achievement in 4-H
- Scholastic excellence
- Broad range of 4-H experiences and project involvement
- Leadership and citizenship contributions within and outside of 4-H
- Financial need (applies to 4-H Rabbit/Cavy scholarship only)
For complete eligibility information refer to the guidelines within the scholarship application below.
Award amount: $500 per scholarship, up to four scholarships are given annually
Who can apply: Current 4-H members who will be enrolled in higher education, which includes community college, university, or trade school in the fall of 2021. Students must have been enrolled in a 4-H rabbit or cavy project for at least three years.
Award amount: $2,500 annually for four consecutive years of full-time study at MSU. A minimum of four scholarships are given annually.
Who can apply: 4-H members who are high school seniors must apply to MSU and submit the MSU 4-H Scholarship Application by November 1 of their senior year. Applicants must meet the standard admissions requirements of the university and be accepted to MSU.
MSU Admissions: http://admissions.msu.edu/
The Michigan 4-H Foundation offers scholarships to attend Michigan State University. There is no separate application process for these awards scholarships – recipients are selected from the MSU 4-H Scholarship applicant pool above. Current scholarships include:
- Sigma Alpha Sorority 4-H Scholarship
Award amount: $1,000
- Lowell and Carol Spike Memorial 4-H Scholarship
Award amount: $1,000
Janet A. Blanchard 4-H Leadership Scholarship
Award amount: Varies based on the available expendable amounts each year.
Who can apply: Michigan 4-H’ers enrolled as full-time Michigan State University students pursuing an undergraduate degree in any major. Recipients must have been enrolled club members of Michigan 4-H Youth Development, demonstrated leadership and been involved in extracurricular activities prior to attending MSU.
The application for the Janet A. Blanchard 4-H Leadership Scholarship will be open for the 2021-22 academic year from March 1-31, 2021. Recipients will be selected during the spring semester, with awards to be effective the following fall semester.
Application: Apply online at scholarships.msu.edu.
Award amount: $2,000 applied toward the student’s first year at MSU as a degree-seeking student. Scholarship recipients are not guaranteed admission to MSU and must meet admission requirements upon submitting the MSU application as an incoming undergraduate.)
Who can apply: Students in 8th, 9th or 10th grade following their MSU pre-college program involvement (such as 4-H Exploration Days, 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp, 4-H Renewal Energy Camp, 4-H Animal & Veterinary Science Camp or 4-H Capitol Experience). Students will be invited to apply by their county MSU Extension 4-H staff for 4-H Exploration Days or the pre-college program director for 4-H GLNRC, Renewable Energy Camp, 4-H Animal & Veterinary Science Camp and 4-H Capitol Experience.
Because of the large number of eligible students, a maximum of five percent of eligible enrollment can be nominated (only by state/or county staff) from each program. This is a competitive application process from all of MSU’s pre-college programs. Students must complete the MSU Pre-College Scholarship Application Packet in its entirety by the specified deadlines. Forms must be to the State 4-H office by the fall deadline.
Visit the MSU Spartan Youth Programs website at to learn about other MSU pre-college programs.
Contact the Michigan 4-H Foundation if you would like to help support 4-H youth in their pursuit of a college education. There are various ways you can make a gift to create a 4-H scholarship fund.
Jacob DeDecker, State 4-H Leader
Michigan State University Extension
Children & Youth / 4-H Youth Development