Each year, the Indiana 4-H Foundation awards nearly $125,000 in scholarships to 4-H members statewide! Several different types of scholarships are available:
Indiana 4-H Foundation Scholarships
These scholarships are based solely on 4-H achievements and support recipients in their different avenues of post-high school education. Additionally, Indiana 4-H Foundation scholarships act as incentive to Indiana 4-H members to live up to the 4-H motto of making the best better. Applications are accepted through the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Office in each 4-H member’s home county in the fall of each year. Foundation scholarships are awarded at the county level and are often supported by individuals, Extension groups, and companies and organizations throughout the state. These contributors, along with the contributions of the Indiana 4-H Foundation, enable more than 200 members each year to be Foundation Scholarship recipients.
Indiana 4-H Accomplishment Scholarships
Each year at least 25 scholarships are presented to 4-H members who have excelled in specific project areas. In 2010, more than 30 Accomplishment Scholarships were awarded at the Indiana 4-H Congress Scholarship Luncheon in October. Scholarship recipients are selected through a competitive application process that begins with written applications, résumés, and life skill reflection essays being submitted by applicants in the late fall. Applications are screened by a preliminary panel of judges and selected applicants are later interviewed by a team of judges who make final selections. An Accomplishment Scholarship is for post-secondary education at the institution of the recipient’s choice.
The Foundation administers two interest-free loan programs for academic juniors and seniors at Purdue University – the Bob Amick Loan Fund and the Myers Family 4-H Loan. Students are eligible for one loan from one fund per academic year with a maximum of two loans during their academic junior and senior years. Additionally, students who are given one of these loans in their junior years cannot apply for a second loan until they have made academic progress and are classified as seniors. Click on the application links below to learn more about the specific eligibility requirements and repayment stipulations.