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4-H rewards young leaders

Scholarships & Contests

New York State Guernsey Calf Award Application

The Calf Scholarship Award Program is sponsored by the New York State Guernsey Breeders Association for the purpose of encouraging those who do not presently own Guernseys to become involved with the Guernsey Breed. A purebred Guernsey Calf will be awarded to the applicant who shows interest in the Guernsey breed and who has demonstrated the capabilities of developing the animal to its fullest potential. Applicant must be age 9-15 as of January 1 st of application year. All applications are due on March 1st. Please EMAIL your application to: Seth and Amber Ripley at seth.ripley@gmail.com If you win this calf, you will be required to exhibit it in at least one local fair, and also at the New York State Fair for TWO consecutive years . For complete rules and regulations and an application visit:
or contact Kim at the CCE Office at ksb3@cornell.edu or 607-664-2571.

2018 NY Holstein Association, Inc. Calf Scholarship

The purpose of the Calf Scholarship Award Program is to select a youth who is worthy of the award – a Registered Holstein calf with the potential to develop into a future brood cow. The program offers such a calf to a youth who has demonstrated the interest and ability to develop the calf to her fullest potential and who will grow through this project. Youth must be between 12-15 years old as of January 1, 2018. Applications and the specific requirements can be found at http://www.nyholsteins.com click on forms and applications and click on calf scholarship or by contacting Kim at the CCE Office at 607-664-2571 or ksb3@cornell.edu or by calling the NY Holstein office at 607-273-7591. The entry deadline is postmarked or emailed to ssherman@nyholsteins.com on or before March 2, 2018. Youth must welcome periodic farm visits. Winner must be willing to show the calf at appropriate shows. The calf will be awarded to the winner during the NY Holstein Spring Carousel, April 6-9, 2018, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse.

Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest

Entries for the Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest are due Thursday, March 22 to the CCE Office for the County Contest. The entries for the national contest must be mailed to Hoard’s Dairyman or entered online at http://judging.hoards.com by March 22. If you need a copy of the classes contact the CCE office or your 4-H leader if your club participated last year. 

Hunting and Trapping Regulation Guide Essay Contest

Due March 15

DEC is looking for hunters and trappers who would like to share their story about their first memorable experiences afield or an experience where they introduced a new person to hunting or trapping.

Essays can be submitted in one of three categories:

  • Junior Youth Hunters/Trappers - currently in grade 6 through 8
  • Senior Youth Hunters/Trappers - currently in grade 9 through 12
  • Adult Hunters/Trappers - ages 18 and older

DEC staff will select the best essay in each category. Winners' essays will appear in the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which is read by over 500,000 people each year! The winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate.

All the information and a submission form can be found here


National Dairy Shrine Scholarships Due April 15

The National Dairy Shrine Scholarship applications are due on April 15 and information is available on their website at www.dairyshrine.org under scholarships. There are various scholarship offered with different requirements for each.  

2018 Youth Conservationist Program

Youth applications are due April 1, 2018

American Goat Federation https://americangoatfederation.org/

Youth Scholarship Program

To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry and who hold a current membership, or whose parents or guardians are members in The American Goat Federation or any of its member organizations. List of AGF Members


1. The applicant must be a youth between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017.

2. The applicant must:
a. be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational education program, OR
b. specify use of the funds to attend a goat-oriented educational and/or national goat-related event (e.g., National FFA convention,
ABGA convention, ADGA convention.), or other similar educational opportunity, or hold funds for attendance at an accredited college,
university, or vocational program at a later date.
c. Parents must complete and sign the parent section on applications for youth under the age of 18 at time of application.


1. Completion and presentation (to a peer group) of a goat-related educational project with a focus on scrapie and/or Q-fever.
Presentation may be in the form of a poster project, paper with pictures, power-point presentation or a video.

2. Project must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018, and Scholarship application accompanied by a short biography
must have been received 30 days prior to August 20, 2018.

3. Projects will be judged by an independent panel appointed by the AGF Board of Directors.

4. An Applicant is eligible to apply for the award only once.

5. Scholarships will be awarded by September 25, 2018.
a. Winners must supply their social security number along with a picture in order to receive scholarship funds.

Email: info@AmericanGoatFederation.org, or Phone: 765-430-2075

Scholarship applications can be downloaded from https://americangoatfederation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/SCRAPIE-SCHOLARSHIP-APPLICATION-FORM.pdf

More info is on the web at https://americangoatfederation.org/education/why-should-you-care-about-scrapie/youth-scholarship-program/

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

Last updated March 1, 2018