4-H rewards young leaders

4-H rewards young leaders

Scholarships & Contests

NYS Dog Photo, Poetry and Video Contest

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Looking for 4-H Youth Ages 11-18 to participate in an online Sense of Purpose Short Survey

  • Project Description: Dr. Rachel Sumner at Cornell University is conducting a study investigating how people find a direction, or sense of purpose, in life.
  • Background: In adolescence, many individuals begin exploring their options for a life’s direction, or purpose. Adolescents might think about different kinds of purpose they could pursue (e.g., prosocial, financial, creative, or personal recognition), but what factors affect whether they think a certain kind of purpose is right for them? Norms and stereotypes about gender might affect people's ideas about what kind of purpose they should pursue, and the goal of this study is to understand how youth think about purpose and gender together. The findings of this study could be useful for 4-H programming designed to help youth think about their future.
  • Methods:
    • Participants: youth ages 11-18.
    • Procedure: Parents/guardians who want their child to be eligible to participate must complete the online consent form, available here before July 31, 2017. Youth whose parent/guardian has provided consent for them to participate in this research will be emailed a link to a brief online survey. The survey asks how they feel and think about themselves, in addition to some questions about how they think about the kinds of life directions that other people choose to pursue. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  • Youth Compensation: Participating youth will be assured that participation in the study is voluntary. Those who do participate will receive a small gift to thank them (a $10 electronic gift card to their choice of Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes).

NYS Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and the NYS Show People’s Association Scholarship (NYSSSA)

Deadline: TBA

The NYSAAF and the NYSSA offer an annual scholarship program which is available to students who are New York State residents, who currently are (or have previously been) active in a fair that is a member of the NYSAAF and who is in his/her senior year of high school in New York State and plans to attend (or already attends) college in pursuit of a degree in agriculture or fair management at an accredited institution of higher learning. The fair where you have been active must endorse your application and will submit it for you. Up to ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Check http://nyfairs.org/scholarship.htm for updated information for 2017!

Applications, 2 letters of reference, and transcript must be submitted by a member Fair of the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs. The deadline for submitting your application to a Member Fair is TBA. Steuben County applications are to be sent to Bob Whitney, 8000 Mt Washington Road, Bath, NY 14810. Applications are expected to be available the end of January at http://nyfairs.org/scholarship.htm or contact the CCE Office.

USDA Offers Agriculture Loans for Youth age 10-20

Loan recipients may use money to buy livestock, equipment, and supplies; buy, rent, or repair needed tools and equipment; and pay operating expenses for running the project. A maximum of $5000 may be borrowed. Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans to individual rural youths to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, and similar organizations. Each project must be part of an organized and supervised program of work. The project must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan, and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience in agriculture-related skills. To apply or learn more about youth loans or other loan programs, contact your local USDA Service Center or contact the Steuben County Farm Service Agency at 776-7398 ext. 2 for more information.


Kim Randall
4-H/Youth Development
(607) 583-3185

Last updated June 29, 2017