4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

Scholarships for Higher Education

2016 Scholarship Applications are Now Closed!  Check back May 2017.

The California 4-H Youth Development Program is committed to promoting higher education. With help from donors, statewide scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors and college-attending students. 

Candidates must be:

  • Currently enrolled or plan to be enrolled in an institute of higher education. This includes high school seniors, high school graduates, and those already enrolled in higher education.
  • Between the ages of 16 and 25 as of April 30.
  • Enrolled in the California 4-H Youth Development Program at the time of their high school graduation.
  • Full-time students at an accredited vocational school, college or university in the United States (as defined by the applicant's institution).

Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships but are only eligible to receive one scholarship per year. Previous scholarship recipients may reapply.

Funds for qualified educational expenses (e.g., books, tuition, other required fees) that are provided to scholarship awardees, are not taxable for the recipient. When scholarship awardees receive funds that may be used for nonqualified expenses, then the recipient is responsible for reporting to IRS the amount of funds received as taxable income.

All scholarships use the same application survey. Complete the application only once.

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Available Scholarships

Applications must be submitted no later than August 7, 2017, 11:59 p.m. All required information must be included with the application to be considered.

Dean Memorial Legacy Scholarship

For nearly 40 years, Bob and Pat Dean were passionately devoted to the 4-H Youth Development Program and the California 4-H Foundation. Without children of their own, Bob and Pat considered the 4-H youth their children. Through this scholarship fund, they have insured the future of their “family.”

Award Information: Up to three $1,000 scholarships

  • Candidates are judged on how 4-H has influenced their future plans, their involvement with leadership and citizenship experiences, and demonstrating a level of skill and knowledge in any project area.
  • Award shall be given to a student pursuing any field of scholastic endeavor.

 Flaco Feldmiller Scholarship

 The Flaco Feldmiller Scholarship  provides scholarships for students majoring in agriculture at a 4-year college or university. 

 Award Information: Five $1000 scholarships

  • Awards shall be given to students pursuing fields directly related to agriculture at a 4-year college or university.

LA-CO Industries Scholarship

LA-CO Markal®, a manufacturer of livestock marking products for the agriculture industry, regards 4-H as a very worthwhile organization for youth who want to learn more about the very important agriculture industry and the key role it plays in the world today.  The company is proud to sponsor a $1,000 scholarship each year for continued education in an agricultural field of study.

Award Information: One $1,000 scholarship

  • Awards shall be given to students pursuing a degree in an agricultural large animal production field of study.
  • All candidates must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher.
  • Consideration will be given to those students pursuing higher education who, in the absence of a scholarship, might otherwise be unable to attend a college or university (financial need). Financial need is determined based on the essay. 

Mabel W. Jacks Scholarship

The Mabel W. Jacks Endowment Fund is in memory of R.C. Jacks, an enthusiastic supporter of both 4-H and FFA.

Award Information: Up to five $1000 scholarships

  • Awards shall be given to students pursuing any field of scholastic endeavor.
  • Consideration will be given to those students pursuing higher education who, in the absence of a scholarship, might otherwise be unable to attend a college or university (financial need). Financial need is determined based on the essay.

Please note: 4-H members enrolled in Nevada State 4-H at the time of their high school graduation are also eligible.


Samarin Family Vocational Education Scholarship

Award Information: One $1,000 scholarship

  • Candidates must be enrolled in, or intending to enroll in (upon high school graduation), a vocational/trade school or junior college vocational training program in the United States.
  • Note: Vocational education is organized educational programs that are directly related to the preparation of individuals for employment or for additional preparation for a career requiring other than a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Examples include automotive technician, welder, forester, drafter, dental assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy technician, and other vocational fields.
  • Consideration will be given first to those students who, in the absence of a scholarship, might otherwise be unable to attend a vocational or trade school, or junior college vocational training program. All applicants in need of encouragement and support in pursuing a vocational program will be considered.
  • Applications will be judged on financial need and how the scholarship will help the candidate reach his or her vocational education goals. These are evaluated based on the personal statement.

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