4-H Scholarships

Tuscola County Specific 4-H Scholarships

4-H scholarships have varying deadlines. If you do not see the information you are looking for or if the link has not been updated please give the MSU Extension office a call (989-672-3870) or check the Tuscola County 4-H Facebook page.

Tuscola County Business Community 4-H Scholarship

The Tuscola County 4-H Council is offering a $2,000 and a $500 scholarship, to active 4-H members in Tuscola County. The scholarship program is in its tenth year and is funded through generous donations from various Tuscola County business leaders. An additional scholarship of $500 funded by Greenstone Farm Credit and Tuscola County 4-H Council will also be made available to be distributed through this application as well. Click here to download the application.Scholarship_Application_2018_ The deadline for the application is Friday, April 27, 2018 at 4:30 p.m at the Tuscola County MSU Extension Office.  The deadline has been moved to earlier in the year so that if the scholarship is awarded to a graduating Senior, it can be presented at their High School Awards night.

Gordon & Viola Bierlein  4-H Scholarship

This scholarship was started by the Bierlein family in honor of Gordon and Viola Bierlein, who have made a major impact in the Tuscola County 4-H community throughout their lives. Gordon and Viola were both honored for 58 years of service to 4-H in 2012. Family, education and 4-H were important to Gordon prior to his death in 2013 and Viola prior to her death in 2015. Throughout their 62 years of marriage, Gordon and Viola passed on those values to their four children, eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Gordon and Viola grew up on farms, had a farm together and feel strongly about the cornerstone values 4-H instills. Please click here for the scholarship application. The application deadline is Monday, June 25, 2018.

James G. Fitzgerald 2018 4-H Scholarship

The $500 scholarship is available to a student graduating from a Tuscola County Public High School or a currently enrolle undergraduate who is pursuing a career that requires a post-secondary education. All candidates must be an active 4-H memer and have participated in 4-H for at least four (4) years.

Applications and required attachments must be postmarked by March 15, 2018 for submission to: Caro High School, Attn: Mary Raymer, Fitzgerald Scholarship, 301 N. Hooper St., Caro, MI  48723

For application and attachment requirement, please click here to download the file.


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4-H involvement leads young people to explore various career and educational options after graduating high school. For those who choose to further their education, Michigan State University, Michigan 4-H Youth Development and the Michigan 4-H Foundation offer scholarships to help support these 4-H’ers’ educational goals. Visit the Michigan 4-H Scholarship Page for application forms or more information. Currently 4-H scholarships include:

  • Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) 4-H Scholarship
  • Michigan Farm & Garden Association 4-H Scholarship
  • Michigan Rabbit/Cavy 4-H Scholarship
  • John J. Schunk Memorial 4-H Beef Scholarship
  • Michigan 4-H Foundation Scholarships
  • Michigan State University 4-H Scholarship

4-H’ers who attend an MSU pre-college program (such as 4-H Exploration Days or 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp) and are entering 8th, 9th or 10th grade are eligible to apply for the MSU Pre-College Scholarship. (This is an MSU-wide scholarship, not a 4-H scholarship.)

(Deadlines for posted forms vary between October to April.)

Additional Scholarships

American Soybean Association Scholarship

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the 2008-09 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship. The SOY Scholarship is a one-time $5,000 award to an eligible High School senior who plans to declare agriculture as a degree area of study at the University of their choice. The award is to be used directly for tuition, fees and/or books, not to exceed $2,500 per semester and not to exceed tuition amount with other fee dedicated aid. The scholarship is managed by ASA and sponsored by BASF Corporation. Complete details and applications are available at www.SoyGrowers.com/sym/. (https://soygrowers.com/award-programs/soy-scholarship)

Michigan Horse Council MSU Scholarships

Michigan Horse Council awards scholarships each year. Check out their web site at http://www.michiganhorsecouncil.com/mhc-scholarships for more information.

Michigan Sugar Company Scholarships

Michigan Sugar Company is proud to offer several scholarships to students in our sugarbeet growing areas. Some scholarships are administered by Michigan Sugar Company and others are by the College. Applicant must be a high school senior and have participated in the Michigan Sugar Youth Sugarbeet program at one time. Visit http://www.michigansugar.com/community/scholarships/ for more information.

Michigan Corn Growers Association Scholarship

All members of the MCGA, including students, growers and associates, as well as children of members between the ages of 17-25 are qualified. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary educational institution in order to be eligible. A minimum of two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded. The application must include a membership identification number. For questions or if you would like to purchase a membership, or obtain an application please call the MCGA office (517) 668-2676 or visit us online at http://www.micorn.org/mcga/scholarship .

Beef Industry Scholarship

Ten scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in the beef industry. Fields of study may include: education, communications, production, research or any other area involved with the beef industry. Sponsored by the CME Group & the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. More information on scholarship criteria and how to apply is available at www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org/scholarships.aspx.

W.D. Farr Scholarship

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is honoring the successful career of the late W.D. Farr of Greeley, Colorado through two annual $12,000 graduate scholarships bearing his name. The scholarship is national in scope and will be awarded to two outstanding students pursuing graduate degrees in animal science, environmental science (water) or agriculture. Applications will be accepted in March. The winner of the scholarship will be strongly encouraged to participate in NCBA activities. The students must also reflect a drive for success and leadership in the tradition of W.D. Farr. Visit www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org/scholarships.aspx for more information.

Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship

Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund has been awarding $1,000 scholarships annually to outstanding youth who exhibit at the Michigan State Fair. The eligible applicant must be a graduating high school senior or a high school graduate continuing their education at an accredited institution in the year in which they are applying. They must be a resident of Michigan and a youth exhibitor at the Michigan State Fair for a minimum of three years prior to the year of application. Scholarship requirements and qualifications can be viewed at www.michigan.gov/mda-mylsf.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship

This scholarship, funded by the GM Foundation, is designed to help high school seniors who are leaders in both the classroom and their communities, but who may not have the financial means to attend college. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will award up to $25,000 per year to 100 students and $2,000 per year to 1,000 students. We encourage students to apply who:

  • Will be enrolling full-time as a first-time freshman at a 4-year college or university.
  • Plan to major in one of the following: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing or Design.
  • Have an interest in a career in the automotive or related industries.

More details about the scholarship program, eligibility rules and selection criteria can be found at www.buickachievers.com.

Mahindra’s Women in Ag Scholarship

Through Mahindra’s support, five $1,000 scholarships for the 2017 fall semester will be awarded. The scholarships are open to any farm, ranch or agri-business woman or her daughter to pursue accredited courses in agriculture, agribusiness, leadership, communications, rural sociology, medicine or any other courses directly related to agriculture. The application can be found at www.americanagriwomen.org, under the AAW Foundation tab. Applications must be received by August 31.

Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions Scholarship  (info and applications)

 Each year the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions offers a scholarship opportunity for youth. The criteria for youth eligibility are:

• Each year six (6) scholarships of $1,000 may be awarded, one being the Neil Kentner memorial scholarship.

• Scholarship is open to applicants that are high school seniors or currently enrolled in an institution of advance learning such as a college, university or trade school. (If applicant is a high school senior they must have submitted an application to an advanced leaning institution.)

 • Application must be RECEIVED by October 1.

 • Scholarships winners will be announced at the Annual MAFE Convention.

 • Recipients may apply each year he or she is enrolled in the Institution, but shall not be eligible to receive a scholarship more than 6 years. Preference for awarding of scholarship each year will be to first-time applicants.

• The scholarship can be used for any and all expenses related to the applicants’ continued education.


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