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Scholarships

The Illinois 4-H Program provides several different ways for members to apply for educational scholarships. All of the following scholarship programs are available on a competitive basis:

  • Illinois 4-H Scholarship: This merit-based scholarship is awarded to five Illinois 4-H members in each category listed below. Scholarships are $1,000 and can be used to pay for any college-related costs. Scholarships are paid directly to the educational institution of the member’s choice. Members must be 15-18 years old, be currently enrolled in the Illinois 4-H program, and must have been a 4-H member for a minimum of 2 years. Applications must be submitted to the State 4-H Office by November 1.

   Categories include:

    • Animal Science
    • Civic Engagement/Global Living
    • Creating Performing Arts & Communication
    • Food Systems
    • Healthy Living/Nutrition
    • Leadership
    • Natural Resources & Environmental Science
    • Personal Growth
    • STEM/Robotics
  • Superior Young Producer Scholarship Program: While not sponsored by the Illinois 4-H program, this scholarship program is open to 4-H and FFA members who are enrolled in beef, sheep, swine, dairy, or horses. The program is sponsored by the Illinois State Fair. Three $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year in horses and dairy; nine scholarships are distributed among beef, sheep and swine project members. Contests are held during the Illinois State Fair show for each species. Members must compete in 3 to 4 individual segments that vary according to species: management test, skill-a-thon, judging contest, and/or meat identification or testing. Contestants must be 14 - 18 years of age to compete. LEARN MORE HERE