4H: Member Awards & Scholarships

Kent County 4-H

“Member Awards & Scholarships”

The Kent County 4-H Program will recognize Explorers / Cloverbud participants annually for ages 5 to 7.  There will be other local project medals awarded and other types of recognition or acknowledgement of achievements through the 4-H club and / or Kent County Program Coordinators for ages 8 to 19, refer to “Kent County 4-H Awards Handbook.”  For the following awards, scholarships the first step in seeking these would be for you to have a conversation with a Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator, contact information follows:


Alexis Garbo – garboale@msu.edu or call (616) 632-7870



Review available information at: https://www.canr.msu.edu/4_h_scholarships_and_recognition_program/4_h_awards_and_recognition_program



Review available information at:  https://www.canr.msu.edu/4_h_scholarships_and_recognition_program/4_h_scholarships



Bob Knisely 4-H Scholarship

The purpose of the Bob Knisely Scholarship is to give financial assistance to Kent County young adults interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.  Applicants must have extensive 4-H experience.  Preference will be given to individuals interested in dairy and other livestock areas.  Applicants may be high school juniors, seniors, or graduates.  Applicants must pursue a post-high school accredited educational program in agriculture.  The value of the Bob Knisely Scholarship is $300.00 per year, per award.  Applicant must complete a scholarship application form and submit it to the Kent County  MSU Extension office.  Deadline is June 1st of the current year.

Robert Bunn Sr. Equine Medical Scholarship

The Robert Bunn Sr. Equine Medical Scholarship was established in 2005 by Jeff Bunn, DVM, in honor of his father.  Dr. Bunn encourages youth to reach their potential by establishing this annual 4-H scholarship.  Dr. Bunn appreciates the goals and opportunities for youth in the 4-H program and attributes his own 4-H experience in his professional career choice.  To be eligible for this scholarship, youth must be:

- an active member of the Kent County 4-H Program
- an exhibitor at the Kent County Youth Fair with equine veterinary science and horse projects
- a graduating high school senior or a freshman at an accredited institution;
- accepted to an accredited two or four-year college, and enrolled as a fulltime student (12 +credit hours)
A youth is eligible to receive the scholarship once.  Deadline is June 1 of the current year.

LaBelle Scholarship Fund

LaBelle Scholarship funds may only be used by a Kent County 4-H Horse Judging Team that qualifies at the annual State 4-H Horse Judging Contest (held in April) to compete at a national judging event. The amount of $300 may be awarded to a team to be used toward their travel and lodging expenses for the national competition.  If more than one Kent County 4-H Horse Judging Team qualifies to travel, each team can be awarded $300.  A written request should be submitted by the Judging Team’s 4-H leader/coach to the Kent County MSU Extension Office.  A Kent County 4-H staff person will in turn request the funds from the MI 4-H Foundation.  Horse Judging Teams that win an out of state trip, please contact a 4-H Program Coordinator.

The LaBelle Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Jean LaBelle, who developed and led the Kent County 4-H Horse Judging Program for many years. 




Michigan Junior Livestock Society

Find information online at:  http://mijrlivestocksociety.com/scholarship.html


Great Lakes Agricultural “Gold Ribbon Scholarship Program”

Find information online at: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/234/43702/GLAF_GRScholarshipApp_fillable.pdf


Kent County Farm Bureau

Find information online at:  http://www2.michfb.com/counties/custom/40/1



Find information online at:  https://www.canr.msu.edu/scholarships/msu_national