Home / Members / Scholarships
Back to top

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 Legacy of Leadership Scholarship: This merit-based scholarship is awarded to eight Illinois 4-H members annually. 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 seniors in high school or freshman in college, be currently enrolled in the Illinois 4-H program, and must have been a 4-H member for a minimum of 5 years. Applications must be submitted to the State 4-H Office postmarked by March 1. 
  • Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship: This merit-based scholarship is awarded to one Illinois 4-H member annually. The scholarship is for $1,000 and is paid directly to the college of the winner’s choice. Members must be seniors in high school or freshman in college, be currently enrolled in the Illinois 4-H program, must have been a 4-H member for a minimum of 5 years, must have participated in Illinois 4-H livestock projects, and must be seeking a degree in a livestock-related field. Applications must be submitted to the State 4-H Office postmarked by March 1. 
  • 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