4-H Events and Scholarships

Michigan 4-H Events 

Find an online 4-H event: https://www.canr.msu.edu/4h/events

National 4-H Conference - April 10-14, 2021 (Online format)

National 4‑H Conference delegates (ages 15-19) engage in personal development experiences that increase their knowledge, resources, and skills while they discuss topics affecting youth and 4‑H programming nationwide. Delegates not only learn while at the conference: they are empowered to create positive social change in their communities and have the opportunity to practice and apply their skills in a real-world setting. **This is a working conference and delegates are expected to commit to the time and teamwork obligations.**  During this conference, youth will be meeting with peers from around the nation to prepare a presentation for a federal agency, as well as meet with federal legislators to talk about 4-H.    

  • Registration cost: $325. There are a limited amount of scholarships; contact Sara Keinath at skeinath@msu.edu or Susy White at turcotts@msu.edu for more information.     
  • Registration deadline: Email completed form (link here) to Sara Keinath at skeinath@msu.edu as soon as possible, but no later than February 26th. Make checks payable to “Michigan State University” and send in the mail to Kim Jackson, Hillsdale MSUE, 20 Care Drive, Suite B, Hillsdale, MI 49242. You do not need to mail a paper copy of the registration form, but please make sure the check is clearly labeled for National 4-H Conference registration and with the student participant’s name.   

4-H Mark of Excellence Award

The 4-H Mark of Excellence Award is a division of the 4-H State Awards Program specifically for 11 and 12-year-old 4-H members. To enter, the 4-H member writes an essay on the theme, “Because of 4-H I can …” and submits the essay to your local county MSU Extension office no later than April 1. Each county then selects up to two essays that will be forwarded to the State Coordinator for Mark of Excellence and will be added to the Mark of Excellence history book at the Michigan 4-H Foundation and State 4-H Office!
Detailed instructions for the 4-H Mark of Excellence Award submission


Educational Resources for Parents, Teachers & Homeschool Families

To support teachers, parents and homeschool families in their educational efforts, MSU Extension has compiled a list of helpful resources that can be used by varying audiences to supplement school plans.


Grand Traverse County 4-H Event Scholarship Applications

To be eligible for the following scholarships, applicants must be an active 4-H youth member or volunteer in Grand Traverse County, and have a financial need that limits the ability to participate without assistance. Each scholarship also has additional, specific requirements, as outlined in the applications. Each scholarship is a fillable PDF; please download, complete and return as instructed.  

4-H Participation Fee Scholarship Application

GT County 4-H Youth Leader's Association Advisory Board Scholarship/Reimbursement Program Application

Tractor Supply Company Scholarship Application

4-H Exploration Days Scholarship  Application 

Grand Traverse County 4-H Horse & Pony Council Scholarship Application


Grand Traverse County Post-Secondary Education Scholarship Applications

*All scholarship applications are closed for 2020; please review information for future applications. 

Andrew L. Olson 4-H Scholarship 

REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants shall be either a past or present member of a Grand Traverse County 4-H Club, and must be attending a post-secondary school.  Applications may be renewed annually for four (4) years; however, applications need to be submitted on a yearly basis between January 1 and the first Monday in April (by 5:00 p.m.).  Candidates may be requested to attend an interview before final selection is made. Return a neatly completed application with a current photograph of yourself to the MSU Extension Grand Traverse County office. Application

The Paul T & Frances B Johnson Foundation Scholarship 

REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be a resident of Leelanau, Benzie or Grand Traverse Counties and have a GED, be graduating from or have graduated from a secondary educational institution and going to attend a post-secondary educational institution to be considered for aid. Applicants do not have to be a member of a 4-H club; however, will receive preference if they have been an active 4-H club member in your senior year and for at least two of the preceding five years. More Information and Application

Heather M Barley Memorial 4-H Scholarship 

REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be a graduating senior, have a minimum 2.4 GPA, be a current member and senior in the Northwest Michigan 4-H Livestock Council and have been a member for a minimum of 3 years. Applications must include two letters of recommendation, resume and essay, as well as official high school transcripts and 3 wallet-sized pictures. Application

2020 Daisy 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship 

REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be graduating seniors with plans to enroll in junior college, technical school or four-year college/university in the fall, and 4-H members that had at least three years participation in a 4-H shooting sports program. Must complete the required application and include an essay, letter of recommendation and a photo, preferably with your shooting sports equipment. More information and Application

NW MI County Farm Bureau 2020 Scholarship in Memory of Frank Lipinski 

REQUIREMENTS:  Preference given to NW County Farm Bureau Members, or residents of Grand Traverse, Leelanau or Kalkaska Counties and those pursuing a degree in agriculture-related field. Applicants must submit the application, letter of recommendation and two references. DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 1, 2020. Application