4-H Awards and Scholarships

Lancaster County 4-H award forms and college scholarship applications are due Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted below. Recipients will be announced at Lancaster County Achievement Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 unless otherwise noted below. If you have questions, contact Heather at 402-441-7180 or by email.

Families and club leaders are encouraged to submit photos related to award application accomplishments to kpulec3@unl.edu by Dec. 31. These photos may be used in the Year in Review video and multimedia presentation at Achievement Celebration.

Overview of 4-H Recognition (pdf)

Many forms below are provided as fill-in pdfs (see tips below). Anyone with Adobe Reader can fill-in, save and print or email the pdf files.

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  2. Attach completed form in an email.
  3. When 4-H staff receive fill-in pdfs from 4-H families, we will send a confirmation email. If you don't get a confirmation, we did not get your form.

4-H Awards

Awards for 4-H Members

4-H Project Completion Certificates (ongoing - no deadline)
When a 4-H member completes a 4-H project, their 4-H club leader, or the parents/guardians of independent members, can present them with a certificate to recognize their achievements. These certificates can be picked up at the Extension office or completed on-line and printed. 4-H Project Completion Certificate Form

Community Service Awards (deadline is December 31)
All Lancaster County 4-H members are eligible to apply for this award which is based on the number of hours of community service through 4-H. Do not include community service projects done through school, church, or other organizations. There will be winners in two age divisions: 14 & over, and 13 & under. Form can be filled out by club leader, parent/guardian or 4-H member. Award application

National Leadership Award (deadline is December 31)
Each year, Lancaster County 4-H selects two 4-H members to be awarded National Leadership Awards on behalf of the American Youth Foundation. Lancaster County 4-H Council pays the award fees. Nominations may be made by 4-H leaders, parents or friends. They may also be self-nominated. The National Leadership Award is open to youth ages 15-18 who have completed their freshman year in high school and show outstanding qualities in servant leadership. The award recognizes youth who strive to be their personal best and make a positive difference in their schools, youth groups, 4-H clubs and communities. Award recipients receive a personalized award certificate, a copy of William H. Danforth's classic motivational book "I Dare You!" Award application

Outstanding 4-H Member Award (deadline is December 31)
Presented to an individual 14 years of age or older who has excelled in their involvement with the 4-H program. The basis for selection appraises the variety and depth of 4-H activities. Nominations may be made by 4-H leaders, parents or friends. They may also be self-nominated. Award application

Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application (Lancaster County deadline is December 31. State-level application deadline is January 15.)
The new Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application form may be used by 4-H’ers ages 8–18 as a record of significant accomplishments in four areas; 4-H Experiences, Leadership Experiences, Community Involvement/Service Learning Experiences and Career Spark. The Achievement Application has two versions: junior for ages 8–14 (county only) and senior for ages 15–18 (county and state). Lancaster County 4-H’ers who complete an Achievement Application and submit it to heather.odoski@unl.edu by Dec. 31 will be recognized at Lancaster County 4-H Achievement Celebration. Nebraska 4-H utilizes the senior application to select delegates for National 4-H Conference (info at Nebraska 4-H Conference Website) and 4-H Congress (info at Nebraska 4-H Congress Web site). The Nebraska 4-H Foundation utilizes the senior application for awarding scholarships (info at 4-H Foundation Web site). State-level applications must be emailed to 4HAchieves@unl.edu by Jan. 15. Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application Web site

Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program (Lancaster County deadline is December 31)
The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program recognizes the accomplishments of 4-H'ers ages 8-18. Youth can progress from Level 1 up to Level 6. At the beginning of the 4-H year, youth choose goals from a provided list and at the end of the 4-H year, fill out a report which documents their accomplishments. Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County presents certificates and pins for levels 1–5. Level 6 recipients will be presented a certificate and diamond clover pin by the state 4-H office. Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Web site

Nebraska 4-H Gives Back (Lancaster County deadline is December 31)
A 4-H member or team must complete a major service-learning project that benefits his/her community. 4-H members should plan on investing over 100 hours of service, and understand that it may take up to 24 months to complete this project. The project includes an initial proposal and final report that are both approved and reviewed in a two-step process. Proposals are developed and approved first by the local committee, and then by a State 4-H Program Administrator prior to the start of the project. Nebraska 4-H awards certificates once the project is completed, as well as a $100 award. Recipients and their projects will also be showcased by Nebraska 4-H online. Lancaster County recipients are also recognized at the annual Lancaster County 4-H Achievement Celebration. 4-H Gives Back Web site

Awards for 4-H Volunteers

Meritorious Service Award (deadline is December 31)
Presented to individuals or organizations who have exhibited consistent and strong support of the Lancaster County 4-H program. 4-H members are not eligible. Anyone can make nominations. Award nomination form

Heart of 4-H Award (ongoing - no deadline)
Lancaster County 4-H presents a Heart of 4-H Award to a Lancaster County 4-H volunteer each month! Announced monthly in the Nebline newsletter. See list of previous winners HERE. Anyone can make nominations. Nominate someone using the Nomination Form

4-H Club Awards

Governor's Agricultural Excellence Awards (deadline approximately March 1)
Awards presented at UNL's East Campus the end of June). Sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority in cooperation with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. These awards recognize 25 4-H clubs each year for the work of the individuals in the club and the community service work of the entire club. Recognition is in the form of $500 checks issued to the club's treasury to be used as described in the award application form completed by the club. Nebraska 4-H Foundation Web site

Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence (Lancaster County deadline is December 31).
4-H clubs which have met criteria outlined by the state 4-H office are recognized as a "Club of Excellence." Some of the criteria includes: choose/elect youth officers, have one club project (related to curriculum) which they do together and complete one community service project. Forms are to be filled out by club leaders. Award application

College Scholarships for Lancaster County 4-H Youth

College Scholarships for High School Seniors

Lancaster County 4-H Council Scholarship (deadline is December 31)
Up to twelve $700 scholarships to active Lancaster County 4-H members who have excelled in their involvement with the 4-H program. The basis for selection appraises the variety and depth of 4-H activities. Application (Note: this is a Word document)

Lancaster County 4-H Teen Council Scholarship (deadline is December 31)
Two $300 scholarships to 4-H'ers who are active in Lancaster County 4-H Teen Council. The basis for selection appraises the variety and depth of Teen Council activities. Applicant must help with at least one major activity during their senior year. Application

Dick Fleming Leadership & Communication Scholarship (deadline is December 31)
One $250 scholarship to a Lancaster County 4-H member who has excelled in leadership and communication through 4-H. Application (Note: this is a Word document)

Lane Community Lancaster County 4-H Scholarship: (deadline is December 31)
One $200 scholarship to a Lancaster County 4-H member attending Raymond Central High School. Application

Lincoln Center Kiwanis Lancaster County 4-H Scholarship: (deadline is December 31)
One $1,000 scholarship to an active Lancaster County 4-H member. The basis for selection includes variety and depth of 4-H activities, scholastic standing, activity involvement and financial need. Please attach one transcript of your high school grades showing grade point average at time of application and three letters of recommendation (work, school or community). Application

Lancaster County 4-H/FFA Livestock Booster Club Scholarship (deadline is July 6)
Each year, the Lancaster County 4-H Livestock Booster Club awards two $500 college scholarships. Scholarship eligibility is for high school seniors enrolled in Lancaster County 4-H or FFA programs, and planning to enroll in any post-secondary educational institution. Open to all Lancaster County 4-H/FFA seniors, but preference to those who have exhibited production livestock in 4-H or FFA. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the 4-H/FFA Livestock Premium Auction during the Lancaster County Super Fair. You can email applications to calvin.devries@unl.edu. Application

Merlyn Anderson Memorial 4-H Scholarship: (deadline March 15)
Awarded to 6-9 students from Gage and Jefferson County Schools, including Norris High School in southern Lancaster County. The award amounts will vary from $750 to $2,000 to students who are interested in agricultural studies (broadly interpreted). Information at Gage County 4-H Web site

Nebraska Association of Fair Managers - Martha & Don Romeo Scholarship (deadline December 2)
Two $500 scholarships to Nebraska 4-H'ers. Each applicant must have exhibited his/her projects in a county fair or at the State Fair within the last four years. Attach two letters of recommendation. Lancaster County 4-H selects 1 male and 1 female county finalist. Application

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarships (deadline January 15)
There are several statewide Nebraska 4-H scholarships: Orschlen Industries Foundation (4 x $1,000 each), Horse-Grand Island Saddle Club (4 x $1,000 each) and R. B. Warren 4-H Horse Educational ($500) scholarships. Applications are via the 4-H Senior Achievement Application (see information at https://4h.unl.edu/annual-achievement-application. Scholarship information available at Nebraska 4-H Foundation web site

Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards Scholarship (deadline usually mid-March)
The Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship for incoming freshman or any undergraduate student in good standing attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS). Information at Web site

College Scholarship for 4-H Alumni

Lancaster County 4-H Council’s Alumni Scholarship (deadline is September 30)
 $500 scholarship to Lancaster County 4-H alumni who are at least one year post high school and have continued participation in the Lancaster County 4-H program as a volunteer or leader. One scholarship per recipient per lifetime. Application

Camp Scholarships & Opportunities


Lancaster County 4-H Council 4-H Camp Scholarship
A select number of Lancaster County 4-H members will receive full scholarships to attend a 4-H summer camp at Halsey! Applicants must be age 8 or older and currently enrolled in 4-H. Preference given to first time campers and applications submitted by May 1. Will accept applications through July 31. Application

Big Red Academic Camps 
Applications must be postmarked by April 1 to be eligible for scholarships. Limited scholarships are available to attend all Big Red Summer Academic Camps - Camp Registration/Information

Nebraska Agriculture Youth Institute (NAYI) (deadline is April 15)
Nebraska Agriculture Youth Institute (NAYI) is a weeklong experience for high school juniors and seniors from all across Nebraska to learn about career opportunities within agriculture. This conference features speakers, workshops, agricultural education, networking with peers and industry leaders, professional development, leadership experience, fun and new friends! Application Web site

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