The Missouri 4-H Foundation offers educational scholarships for 4-H youths and former 4-H members pursuing post-secondary study.

60+ scholarships are available, each ranging from $500 to $2,500. One scholarship application permits the applicant to be considered for any available scholarship, subject to conditions specified by the donor.

Applications are accepted after Jan. 1, and are due with a postmark date of April 1 to the state 4-H office. The county due date for applications may be earlier than the April 1 state deadline. After county approval and signature, your application will be mailed to the state 4-H office by the county.  

Scholarship guidelines

  • High school applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Home-school youths must submit ACT or SAT scores. College applicants must have at least a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The scholarship must be used within 9 months after awarded. (Applicant must be enrolled in school).
  • A word processor must be used to complete the application. Use plain white 8 ½ x 11” paper with 1-inch margins. Use a font no smaller than 12-pitch. Single-space within each answer and double-space between questions.

Scholarship Selection Criteria

The Missouri 4-H Foundation scholarship application form should be completed and must include the following information:

  • Signature of applicant and 4-H or extension staff
  • High school or college transcript (must include GPA and can be unofficial) or ACT or SAT scores for home-schooled youths
  • Financial information page completed by parent or guardian

A committee determines scholarship selection based on the following score system:

  • 70 percent 4-H achievement in leadership, citizenship, community service and projects
  • 20 percent financial need
  • 10 percent work and career goals

Financial need scoring is determined as follows:

  • 1 point for each dependent child under the age of 21 in the family
  • 2 points for each family member attending college
  • Adjusted gross income:
    • 10 points — $15,000 and below
    • 7 points — $15,001 to $20,000
    • 5 points — $20,001 to $30,000
    • 2 points — $30,001 and above

For a list of available scholarships and to apply, visit the Missouri 4-H Foundation's website.