Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarships

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The Missouri 4-H Foundation offers educational scholarships for 4-H youth and former 4-H members pursuing post-secondary study.

More than sixty scholarships are available, each ranging from $500 to $2,500. One scholarship application allows the applicant to be considered for any available scholarship, subject to the conditions specified by the donor.

Applications are accepted after January 1 and are due with a postmark date of March 1 to the state 4-H office. The county due date for applications may be earlier than the March 1 state deadline. After county approval and signature, your application will be mailed to the Missouri 4-H Foundation office at 109 Whitten Hall by your county.

Scholarship guildelines

  • Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale unless otherwise defined by the scholarship donor. Home-schooled high school students must submit ACT or SAT scores.
  • The scholarship must be used within nine months after it is awarded. (Applicant must be enrolled in school).
  • A word processor must be used to complete the application. Use plain white 8 1/2 x 11" paper with 1-inch margins. Use a font no smaller than 12-point. Single-spaced within each answer and double-spaced between questions.

Scholarship forms

Scholarship applications will be accepted beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Scholarship selection criteria

The Missouri 4-H Foundation scholarship application form should be completed and must include:

  • Signature of applicant and 4-H/Extension staff
  • High school/college transcripts (must include GPA and can be unofficial) or ACT/SAT scores for home-schooled youth
  • Financial information page completed by parent/guardian

A committee determines scholarship selection based on the following score system, unless otherwise defined by the scholarship donor:

  • 70 percent 4-H achievement
  • 20 percent financial need
  • 10 percent career goals

Financial need scoring is determined as follows:

  • 1 point for each dependent child under the age of 21 in the family
  • 2 points for each family member attending college
  • Adjusted gross income:
    • 10 points for $25,000 and under
    • 7 points for $25,001 to $40,000
    • 5 points for $40,001 to $55,000
    • 2 points for $55,001 and above

For questions regarding Missouri 4-H Foundation scholarships, contact the Missouri 4-H Foundation office or call 573-882-2680.