4-H Scholarships

Texas 4-H Youth Development Program Opportunity Scholarships are ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS awarded each year to applicants based on their academic record, 4-H experience, and financial need (for scholarships for which it is a required criterion). The Texas 4-H Youth Development Opportunity Scholarship Program is conducted in coordination with the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. All applications must be submitted through the applicant’s county Extension office and meet all criteria to be considered.

Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship

Attention:  Parents of High School Seniors  ( and parents of high school juniors who are seeking information in advance)

The Senior year is filled with excitement, but it is often a very busy year.

If your child is planning to attend college, you may want to seriously consider submitting applications for scholarships, etc.   While May seems like a distant event, scholarship application season has already arrived.

The 4-H program offers some scholarship opportunities.   Because donors for various scholarships often have specific goals, the requirements and criteria may vary.  Therefore, it is important to read the information for each scholarship carefully.

Some families find it especially helpful to create a spreadsheet with scholarship names, due dates, and requirements.   Others prefer to utilize a folder-file system containing the information and necessary forms, transcripts, etc.

  • If your child is planning to apply for 4-H scholarships, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you (parent) go online and file for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).   Please do this as soon as possible (like this week), so that you can use the information from your 2013 tax return.   (If you wait until the new year, you will be required to use the 2014 tax return information, you will not have time to file a tax return and the FAFSA, and receive your EFC number back from FAFSA.)
  • Note:  File the FAFSA regardless of your financial income (high or low).  Some people think they might not qualify based on financial need; however, many scholarships are not need-based but do require a FAFSA number.
  • Make sure you have taken the SAT or ACT and that you have the original score report.  That is the report that is mailed to you.  It is not the one that is downloaded from the internet.
  • If a scholarship requires a reference letter, notify your references in advance so that they will have time to prepare the letter for you.

Attached is general information on the Texas 4-H Opportunities Scholarships, as well as the application.  Applications are due in our office by January 21, 2015.

2015 Rules & Guidelines for 4-H Opportunity Scholarship

2015 Opportunity Scholarship application

2015 FAFSA Instructions

Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show Scholarship

Scholarship Rules – 2015

1.)  Applicant must be an active 4-H or FFA member and be a graduating senior in 2015.

2.)  Applicant can apply as a 4H Member or FFA Member, not both.

3.)  Applicant must have participated in the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show and/or the Tarrant County FFA & 4-H Youth Fair in at least one division during the past 2 years and be entered in at least one division of the 2015 Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show or 2015 Tarrant County FFA & 4-H Youth Fair.

4.)  4-H members must have turned in a 4-H record book the previous year. CEA must attest.

5.)  FFA members must have earned their FFA Chapter degree. AST must attest.

6.)  Applications are available after November 1, 2014; email application requests to Paul Burrough at paul@nationalfinance.org or call 817-882-4700.

7.)  Applications must be completed as directed. Please do not add extra pages or pictures to your application. Late, incomplete or applications with extra pages will NOT be accepted.

8.)  Applications must be postmarked no later than February 17, 2015.

9.)  All applications are to be mailed to Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation, P.O. Box 162386, Fort Worth, Texas 76161. Do not send by FED EX, they won’t deliver to a PO Box.

10.) A minimum GPA of 2.5 and a copy of applicant’s high school transcript are required.

11.) Applicant must have taken the SAT or ACT before January 1, 2015 and attach a copy of scores to scholarship application.

12.) Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation with scholarship application.  Applicants must submit one academic reference and one personal reference.

13.) Applications will become the property of the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation.

14.) Scholarship Awards will range from $1,000 to $3,000 per award, with no more than $19,000 total for all awards in 2015. Allocation of awards is the sole discretion of the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation Board of Directors.

15.) Interviews and awards will be determined by a panel of not less than 3, nor more than 5 judges elected by the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation Board of Directors. The judges will be representative of the community.

16.) Based on applications and letters of recommendation, applicants selected for scholarship interviews will be notified by February 28, 2015. Scholarship interviews will take place on Tuesday February 24, 2015 at a location to be announced.

17.)     Scholarship(s) will be paid to the university, college or trade school for the benefit of the winner when a written request for funds, along with a certified copy of school registration and class schedule are submitted by the winner(s) to the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation. Scholarship winners have one year from March 1, 2015 to claim their award. If the scholarship is not claimed within one year, the monies will be forfeited. No exceptions.

18.)     Scholarship recipients must be present at the awards ceremony held prior to the 2015 TCJLS Premium Sale.  They must also attend and volunteer to assist with the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation Gala event scheduled on April 23, 2015.

19.)     If you have any questions or concerns please contact Heather Banks at hbanks@carterpark.com or Paul Burrough at paul@nationalfinance.org

20.)     All deadlines are final and awards will be approved solely by the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation Board.

The mission of the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation is to raise funds to provide scholarships to qualified members of 4-H clubs or the FFA in Tarrant County, Texas.

TCJLS Scholarship Application



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