MSU Pre-College Program Scholarships give focus to 4-H aspiring Spartans

Eighty percent of 2012-13 pre-college scholarships offered by MSU Admissions go to top-notch 4-H youth who want to become Spartans.

Michigan State University Extension and'' many other MSU departments offer diverse and enriching educational programs that empower and prepare teens for the rigors of higher education before they reach college-age. Knowing the importance of getting young teens on the right track for college-readiness, the Michigan State University Office of Admissions offers 60 pre-college scholarships annually to encourage and support students who want to become Spartans.

The MSU Pre-College Program Scholarships for 2012-13 were recently determined. Of the scholarships, 80 percent were awarded to 4-H pre-college program participants from 34 counties – stretching from Houghton to Wayne County. Recipients receive a $2,000 scholarship applied to their first year at MSU as a degree-seeking student.

MSU Extension 4-H pre-college programs have a proven track-record for advancing knowledge and transforming the lives of youth by helping them prepare academically and socially for higher education, careers and life as an adult. Recently, some 4-H alumni that previously received this scholarship shared in their own words how this scholarship and their 4-H program involvement impacted them:

  • “As a sophomore in zoology and specialization in environmental studies, I use the skills I gained in 4-H every day. It has instilled in me the need to get involved with all that I can and the want to help others. 4-H had a huge impact on my decision to attend MSU and the things I do every day,” said Jennifer Schuster, Montcalm County
  • “[MSU Pre-College Programs] affected my desire to be a Spartan and exposed me to the multitude of programs and opportunities MSU has to offer. I’m now a senior in packaging – a career field I learned about through 4-H. The scholarship support was extremely helpful and appreciated,” said Alex Lott, Ingham County
  • “I attended the 4-H Exploration Days program at MSU for five years starting in seventh-grade. I met so many great people and it was a great experience to learn to be independent at such a young age. The scholarship helped me pay for my first year at MSU,” said Alisha Myers, Kalamazoo County

MSU Pre-College Program Scholarship applicants must have attended an MSU pre-college program during the same year and be invited to apply by the program director. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic performance, program participation, demonstration of extra-curricular, community service and leadership experience, resiliency and grit, potential and desire to succeed in post-secondary education and the ability to benefit from the scholarship.

Michigan 4-H offers five MSU pre-college programs that increase participants’ overall interest in college and building skills necessary for success. These programs are: 4-H Exploration Days, 4-H Capitol Experience, 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp, 4-H Discovery Camp and the Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council.

For information about these and other MSU pre-college programs, visit Spartan Youth Programs. You’ll find a multitude of programs that can help youth develop valuable skills – both academic and social, make new friends, taste college life and get excited about going to college.

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