It is that time again for graduating seniors to start applying for college and filling out scholarships! Seniors need to apply for their colleges/universities NOW!!! Acceptance for some schools will come as early as November. It is better on a scholarship to have been accepted already to a school. So apply NOW for school!!!
Scholarships are also starting to come open and ready for applications. Make sure and watch the newsletter and the Bell County 4-H Website for those scholarship application deadlines. It is always being updated with new scholarships and deadlines.
There will be no Bell County 4-H Scholarship training this year. Please keep updated on scholarships on this website!
Scholarship Training 2014 (Held on November 12, 2013): Hints and Tips for Graduating Seniors, Tips on Filling out Scholarships, and Interviews/Banquets
Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarships
2015 TEXAS 4-H AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program and the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation is once again pleased to offer to our senior high school 4-H members and current college students the opportunity to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship through the Texas 4-H Program.
The application and the instructions are separate documents for easier completion and direction. The application form is being offered in Microsoft Word edition.
What is new for 2015:
- A 4-H member can apply for a Texas 4-H, Texas FFA, and Texas FCCLA scholarships
- The scoring matrix for 4-H scholarships has changed for 2015
- Scholarships will be presented over three nights at the 2015 Texas 4-H Roundup. Applicants, if receiving a scholarship(s) will be told what group of scholarship they will be receiving and what night(s) to be present. With the pre-notification of scholarship groups 4-H members will be able to be recognized at end-of-year school assemblies and ceremonies as a scholarship honoree.
- Due to an continued increase in incomplete and the incorrect completion of the scholarship applications from applicants, any incomplete or incorrect application submitted will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the 4-H member and parent/guardian to ensure all information is correct and complete prior to submitting. Absolutely no follow up or updates will be allowed once submitted.
Due dates and deadlines for 2014 Scholarship process are as follows
October, 2014 Release of 2015 Application
November – January Scholarship Trainings
November – December Applicant complete FAFSA and receive report
January 12, 2015 Application due to County Office
February 6, 2015 Applications due to District Office
February 20, 2015 Applications due to State 4-H Office
April 10, 2015 Interview selection notification
May 1-3, 2015 Interviews (Austin, TX)
June 9, 10, &/or 11, 2015 Awards Assemblies/Banquets (College Station, TX)
Check with your District 4-H Specialist to see about any district based training(s) which will be held in your or surrounding districts. Additionally, the Texas A&M Collegiate 4-H Club will be hosting a fund-raising scholarship training in College Station on Saturday, November 8, 2014. This event hosted by the TAMU Collegiate 4-H will be focused for both junior and senior high school youth and parents in order to learn more about the 4-H Scholarship process and the completion of a 2015 application. A flyer/registration form is below for the event.2015 Scholarship Training TAMU4H
Requirements for the Baccalaureate, Technical, and Courageous Heart Scholarships
All applications MUST meet the minimum requirements/criteria to even be considered for judging (see guidelines for complete details). Those applications not meeting the requirements should not be submitted to the county Extension Office and/or Agent.
Below are the following documents
- 4hscholarship_application_2015 Application for 4-H members to complete for Baccalaureate, Technical, and Courageous Heart scholarships
- collegiate4hscholarship_application_2015 Application for former 4-H members who are currently in college.
- Rules_Guidelines_2015_Final Instructions for complete the Scholarship Application
- youth_15_scholarship_examples Examples of how to format scholarship application
- fafsa_instructions_2015 FAFSA Instructions!!! MUST READ BEFORE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER OF APPLYING!
Please refer to the instructions for a complete and detailed list of the requirements, scoring values, and selection process.
All applications, instructions, and an on-line training module are available through the Texas 4-H and Youth Development website at http://texas4-h.tamu.edu (Youth -> Scholarships).
When it comes to GPAs and SAT/ACT scores…..
- Make sure the counselor completes the form (page 2 of application) with an UNWEIGHTED GPA on a 100-point scale.
- This GPA must match the transcript’s GPA!
- (If the school counselor cannot or will not write on the transcript the unweighted GPA on a 100-point scale, they can hand-figure the GPA and attach a letter to the transcript with this information.)
- The official SAT/ACT test scores must be received by the application deadline and included on the transcript or enclose a copy of the SAT/ACT report.
Examples of Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarships:
FAFSA Information for Texas 4-H Scholarship
Some of their high school counselors may tell you that they cannot complete the FAFSA until January. That is not entirely correct. They will have to update their FAFSA information after the new application is released in January, if they want accurate information for them to begin college in the fall of 2014.
However, for the 4-H scholarship application, you must have the FAFSA completed by the deadline. If you wait until January to complete the FAFSA, there will not be enough time to get your taxes complete, complete the FAFSA (which is based on your federal income tax return) and then get a returned Student Aid Report (SAR) to include with the application by the deadline.
Below is a “FAFSA Supplement” that you may also find helpful when sharing 4-H Opportunity Scholarship information: FAFSA Supplement
State Fair of Texas Scholarship
Attention all 2013 graduating seniors! The deadline to apply for the State Fair of Texas scholarship is March 1, 2014. The State Fair of Texas awards a $5000 scholarship to selected applicants who have participated in specific Youth Livestock competitive events held at Fair Park in Dallas. This Scholarship is paid over four years, $625 a semester.
Scholarships are given to applicants who are enrolling in an agricultural-related curriculum or agricultural-benefiting natural science curriculum at a college or university in Texas.
To maintain the scholarship for both semesters of the freshman year, recipients must complete a minimum of 12 hours per semester and maintain a minimum 2.5 college GPA during your first two semesters. Yearly renewals may be awarded to students who exhibit high scholastic achievement and continue to pursue an agricultural-related curriculum or agricultural-benefiting natural science curriculum. A cumulative 3.0 GPA is the minimum standard for a renewal. Renewals will not be made for more than four years total or past undergraduate graduation.
BCYF Scholarship 2013
Click Here for the 2014 BCYF Scholarship Letter and Application- Due April 11, 2014
District 8 TAE4-HA Scholarship
District 8 TAE4-HA is happy to release the 2014 D8 TAE4-HA Scholarship Application.
- Applications are due May 1, 2014 to Jon Gersbach in the Milam County Extension Office.
- The application is open to 4-H members in District 8 that will be graduating high school this 4-H year.
- Recipients will be selected after the announcement of the Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship recipients.
- 4-H members that do not receive the Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship will be considered for selection.
The application is attached to this email and also posted on the D8 4-H website on the Scholarships page.
Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association Scholarship
Application is on the website is below. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2014.
Please direct questions to:
Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association
6028 79th Street
The Dick Laursen Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of Dick Laursen, a life-long irrigation specialist. Dick was born in 1942 into a Nebraska ranching/farming family. He began his career as a purchasing agent for a pivot manufacturer; then moving on to Rain Bird Ag before partnering to open SWISH, Inc., an irrigation company. With his partners, Dick spent the rest of his life building SWISH, until his death in 1998.
TAIA will award scholarships based on the applicant’s qualifications. Scholarships will be available to registered, full-time students either entering college or continuing a college education. Graduate students are also eligible. A recommendation from a TAIA member would be beneficial but is not mandatory. Scholarship funds will be given to the student’s selected college to use towards enrollment expenses.
The scholarship committee will start taking applications October 1, 2013. The deadline for the 2014 scholarship will be March 1, 2014.
For Fed-Ex deliveries please send to the following address:
Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association
c/o Kern Stutler
6028 79th Street
Lubbock, TX 79424
- An agriculture major
- Attend a Texas university or college
- Full-time student (12+ hours)
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, reporting GPA at end of each semester
- 1000 minimum word essay with application
- Not required to be a Texas resident
- $500 per semester / $4000 total maximum / 4 year maximum
- Funds sent to attending school first semester; from then on GPA and enrollment must be verified by a scholarship committee
Jason Krueger Memorial Scholarship
- Must be an active 4-H or FFA member
- Must be a SENIOR in High School
- Must have exhibited a steer in Texas Steer Shows
For Application to be considered, the following must be submitted:
- Completed General Information sheet
- Resume or Student Biography (note high school achievements, honors, awards, activities, extra-curricular, community service, and 4-H/FFA involvements)
- An essay from the applicant telling about him/herself which includes wishes, dreams, ambitions, and future educational goals. Not to exceed 300 words.
- Two letters of recommendation (not from a family member)
Application, Deadlines and Announcement of Winners:
- Applications must be received no later than May 10, 2014
- Amount and number of scholarships may vary depending on number of applicants
- Scholarship award notice will be sent to the High School Counselor and/or 4-H/FFA Chapter advisor in May 2014.
- Scholarship money will be sent directly to the recipient upon receipt of the following:
- Proof of enrollment for Summer/Fall 2014
- Mail completed application and if awarded, final requested documents to:
2195 West County Road 326
Jourdanton, TX 78026
Helpful Links for Graduating High School Students:
- Temple High School Scholarship List
- Texas 4-H Scholarship Website
- “Student Savings: The Ultimate Scholarship Resource Guide”-http://www.shopsleuth.com/resources/scholarship-guide