4-H & Youth Scholarships & Awards

4-H Awards and Scholarships

Overview of 4-H Recogntion (pdf)

Wherever possible, forms below are provided as fill-in pdfs (see tips below). Anyone with Adobe Reader can fill-in, save and print the pdf files. Most forms can be submitted by e-mail.

Tips for using fill-in pdfs:

  1. Save the pdf to your harddrive (benefits include: you can save your information, don't risk losing your progress, and most people will need to save to harddrive to attach to email)
  2. Preferably, open the pdf in Adobe Reader, not in your internet browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome). Some browsers are currently having glitches with pdfs. If you do use a browser and have problems, try another browser.
  3. The "Submit" button will not successfully submit unless you have Outlook or another email software installed. Most people use web email and will need to attach their completed pdf in an email (each 4-H form specifies which 4-H staff email address to send to).
  4. 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

Award recipients will be announced at Lancaster County Achievement Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

If you have any questions about the following awards, contact Tracy Anderson at 402-441-7180 or by email.

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 two categories: 5 winners in the age 14 & over division and 10 winners in the age 13 & under division. 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

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. Diamond Clover Award Web site

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 Career Portfolios 
(Lancaster County deadline is December 31)
Career portfolios are a record of your 4-H Career. They include a listing of your personal growth and leadership experiences related to the knowledge learned, skills gained and community service/volunteer activities experienced through 4-H. Career portfolios focus on one of Nebraska 4-H's eight curriculum areas: Animal Science, Communication & Expressive Arts, Consumer & Family Science, Environmental Education & Earth Sciences, Healthy Lifestyles Education, Leadership & Citizenship, Plant Science, and Science & Technology. In Lancaster County, 4-H members who complete two years of a 4-H project may submit a Career Portfolio in that corresponding curriculum area (each 4-H'er may submit one portfolio in each of the eight curriculum areas). Lancaster County 4-H selects the top qualifying career portfolios to advance to the state level. 4-H members ages 15-19 can qualify to have two career portfolios sent to state. State winners are eligible to attend National 4-H Congress. County winners are announced at 4-H Achievement Celebration. Go to the Nebraska 4-H Web site for more information and Career Portfolio Form [http://4h.unl.edu/careerportfolio].

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. On-line 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. Web site

Nebraska 4-H Clubs 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

Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month (ongoing - no deadline)
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska 4-H Ambassadors have joined together to recognize 4-H clubs throughout the state of Nebraska. Any 4-H club may nominate themselves to be the Club of the Month. Nominations are due the second Friday of the month before the club will be the Club of the Month. The club who is chosen to be Club of the Month will receive a $50 cash card from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and their story will be showcased on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Facebook, Twitter and website along with the State 4-H website and Facebook, and in their local newspaper. Award Application

College Scholarships for Lancaster County 4-H Youth

Recipients of Lancaster County college scholarships will be announced at Lancaster County Achievement Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

A variety of scholarships are available to high school seniors active in Lancaster County 4-H. If you have questions about scholarships, contact Cole Meador at 402-441-7180 or by email.

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

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 cmeador2@unl.edu - Application

Nebraska Association of Fair Managers - Martha & Don Romeo Scholarship (deadline December 1)
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 the county finalist. Application

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarships (deadline March 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. Scholarship infomation will be available on the Nebraska 4-H Web site when available. http://4h.unl.edu | See also  http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/

Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards Scholarship (deadline approximately March 15)
The Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship Program for the current academic year. Scholarship Includes: One $1,000 scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) for an incoming student (freshmen or transfer student) | One $500 scholarship for a current student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in CASNR or CEHS. Application & Details Coming Soon.

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

If you have questions about scholarships and opportunities, contact Cole Meador at 402-441-7180


4-H Summer Camp Early Bird Discount
Everyone is eligible for a 10% Discount - register BEFORE APRIL 15. You don't have to be in 4-H to go to a Nebraska 4-H Summer Camp. Learn more

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 summer camp at either Nebraska 4-H Camp location: Gretna or Halsey! Applicants must be age 8 or older and currently enrolled in 4-H. Preference given to first time campers and applications submitted by March 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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