4-H Awards & Scholarships

4-H Awards & Recognition

Kent County 4-H Award Medals

4-H award medals can be given to signify a job well done, to encourage youth to strive for more, and to reward a child for successfully overcoming obstacles along the way. County medals can mean a lot to 4-H members.

The Kent 4-H Award process begins in the fall, when youth are encouraged to apply for an award medal. 4-H club leaders are an integral part of the award process, by reminding and encouraging their club members to apply. Leaders are asked to nominate youth at the annual Leader Kick-Off meetings.

Once the award applications are returned to the MSU Extension office, they are reviewed by a panel of judges. The panel selects the award winners.

The county medal winners are recognized at the Teen 4-H Awards Celebration.

Michigan 4-H State Awards

Kent County 4-H members are encouraged to apply for State 4-H Awards as well. To learn more about the Michigan 4-H Awards program, please visit the 4-H Recognition Website. The 4-H State Awards program is for youth ages 13 - 19 with at least three years of 4-H experience.

The competition and award ceremonies take place in June during 4-H Exploration Days on Michigan State University’s campus.

4-H Mark of Excellence Award

If you are 11 or 12 years old, you could be the recipient of the 4-H Mark of Excellence Award. To enter, you write an essay on the theme, “Because of 4-H I can …” Essays should be submitted to your county office by February 1. Counties then select their representatives and submit names and essays to the State 4-H Awards Committee. For more information and instructions, view the 4-H Recogntion Wesbite.

Michigan 4-H Scholarships

Michigan State University 4-H Scholarship

Award amount: $2,500 annually for four consecutive years of full-time study at MSU. Six scholarships are given annually.

Michigan State University Pre-College Program Scholarship

Award amount: $2,000 applied toward the student’s first year at MSU as a degree-seeking student.

Michigan 4-H Foundation Scholarships

The Michigan 4-H Foundation offers scholarships to attend Michigan State University. There is no separate application process for these awards scholarships – recipients are selected from the MSU 4-H Youth Development Scholarship applicant pool.

Bob Knisely 4-H Scholarship

The purpose of the Bob Knisely Scholarship is to give financial assistance to Kent County young adults interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.  Applicants must have extensive 4-H experience.  Preference will be given to individuals interested in dairy and other livestock areas.  Applicants may be high school juniors, seniors, or graduates.  Applicants must pursue a post-high school accredited educational program in agriculture.  The value of the Bob Knisely Scholarship is $300.00 per year, per award.  Applicant must complete a scholarship application form and submit it to the Kent MSU Extension office.  Deadline is June 1st of the current year.

Robert Bunn Sr. Equine Medical Scholarship

The Robert Bunn Sr. Equine Medical Scholarship was established in 2005 by Jeff Bunn, DVM, in honor of his father.  Dr. Bunn encourages youth to reach their potential by establishing this annual 4-H scholarship.  Dr. Bunn appreciates the goals and opportunities for youth in the 4-H program and attributes his own 4-H experience in his professional career choice.  To be eligible for this scholarship, youth must be:

  • an active member of the Kent County 4-H Program
  • an exhibitor at the Kent County Youth Fair with equine veterinary science and horse projects
  • a graduating high school senior or a freshman at an accredited institution;
  • accepted to an accredited two or four-year college, and enrolled as a fulltime student (12 +credit hours)

A youth is eligible to receive the scholarship once.  Deadline is June 1 of the current year.

LaBelle Scholarship Fund

LaBelle Scholarship funds may only be used by a Kent County 4-H Horse Judging Team that qualifies at the annual State 4-H Horse Judging Contest (held in April) to compete at a national judging event. The amount of $300 may be awarded to a team to be used toward their travel and lodging expenses for the national competition.  If more than one Kent 4-H horse judging team qualifies to travel, each team can be awarded $300.  A written request should be submitted by the Judging Team’s 4-H leader/coach to the Kent MSU Extension Office.  A Kent 4-H staff person will in turn request the funds from the MI 4-H Foundation.

The LaBelle Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Jean LaBelle, who developed and led the Kent County 4-H Horse Judging Program for many years. 

The scholarship application forms above are in .pdf format. If you would like to receive them in Microsoft Word format, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Partners of the 4-H Program also provide scholarships: 

Michigan Jr. Livestock Society

Great Lakes Agricultural Fair - Gold Ribbon Scholarship Program

Kent County Farm Bureau

Michigan State University - National/International Fellowships & Scholarships


Kent MSU Extension

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