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