- 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 2022. 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 is open for the following academic year from Jan. 15 to Mar. 31. 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