4-H Events, News, and Scholarships


Grand Traverse County 4-H Newsletters

Michigan 4-H Events and Virtual Opportunities

From animal science to art exploration to STEAM experiments - Michigan 4-H has a virtual event or resource for everyone! Find an online 4-H event: https://www.canr.msu.edu/4h/events

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.


4-H Clover Award

All Antrim, Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelanau County 4-H members ages 10-19 are eligible to apply for a Clover Award. Applications are due by Wednesday, August 2nd to the Grand Traverse or Leelanau 4-H office. Application finalists chosen to earn a Clover Award must complete an interview on Monday during the fair. The top youth interviewed will be awarded the Outstanding Clover Award during the 4-H Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 12 and be known throughout the region as an exemplary 4-H’er! Prize: a $100 VISA gift card and a ribbon. 
Clover Award Application 2023 - Fillable PDF    

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.  

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

Tractor Supply Company Scholarship Application

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


Michigan 4-H Post-Secondary Education Scholarships 

Michigan 4-H Foundation

Michigan 4-H Foundation scholarship funds provide financial support for post-secondary education for 4-H members. Michigan 4-H scholarships can be established with annual donations, memorial gifts or endowment funds. A variety of 4-H post-secondary scholarships are available to 4-H members. Eligibility and requirements varies by scholarship. Please note all scholarships may not be available every year.

MSU Precollege Scholarship

Only students in eighth, ninth or tenth grade following their MSU pre-college program (Exploration Days) involvement are eligible for consideration. This $2,000 scholarship is 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 – either as an incoming freshman or transfer student. Students must contact the County 4-H Program Coordinator, Emily Kotz, for more information.


Grand Traverse County Post-Secondary Education Scholarship 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

MSU Grand Traverse Area Alumni Spartans Club Scholarship

Each year, high school seniors and NMC students are eligible to apply for eight (8) $2,500 scholarships — for those who plan to attend Michigan State University in the fall. The MSU Grand Traverse Area Alumni Club scholarships are awarded to students from Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties along with Buckley High School. Scholarships are also available to NMC students who have graduated from these high schools and are transferring to MSU. Information and application

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Youth Financial Literacy Foundation 

Each year, the Youth Financial Literacy Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors and first-year college students to aid in the advancement of their education.