4-H rewards young leaders

4-H rewards young leaders

Scholarships & Contests

Grow With Us Grants for Schools - due Dec. 8

We know

  • Students who grow food, try new foods.
  • Students who grow food, eat healthier foods.
  • Students who grow food, increase their physical activity.
  • Students who grow food, understand and can communicate the source and value of agriculture.

New York Agriculture in the Classroom is offering an unprecedented grant for schools to earn plant grow systems to engage students in learning through food and eating healthy foods year-round.

The Grow with Us Grant allows schools to apply for four different types of grow systems. Schools should apply for the grow system that would best meet their educational goals, classroom space needs, and consider their experience level in school gardening and curriculum integration.

New York Agriculture in the Classroom aspires to provide teachers the vehicle and tools to facilitate experiential-learning opportunities using agriculture as the context for learning by investing $50,000 in this new grant program

2018 DEC Camperships

For boys and girls ages 11-17 deadline December 1

The Steuben County Federation of Conservation Clubs will accept camper ship requests until December 1. Letters can be sent to Cheryl and Mike Warren

2901 County Road 56, Hornell, NY 14843 or e-mail them at mwarrenc344@aol.com. Letters should include name, age, address, e-mail address

and interests or goals for attending camp. For more information about the NYS DEC Camps visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.html

New York State Agricultural Society Ambassador Scholarship

Do you know an a young adult ages 18-25 who has in interest in a career in food, agriculture, or natural resources?

Ambassador Scholarship recipients have a front row seat at the NYS Agricultural Society Forum, the largest and oldest agricultural meeting in NYS where all sectors of the food system gather to explore topics critical to the future of NY agriculture and our world food supply.

Visit the New York State Agricultural Society website for more information and the application. Applications are due November 15, 2017

The Steuben Youth Leadership Summit

The Steuben Youth Leadership Summit provides youth with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, identify priority issues, and discuss these priorities with state and county government leaders.

The Steuben Youth Leadership Summit is an opportunity for emerging and potential youth leaders in Steuben County to enhance their leadership skills, and to have a direct line of communication with county and state government leaders. Through an interactive training seminar, discussions with other youth from across the county, and a conversation with elected leaders, participants will:

  • Identify issues and priorities of today’s youth;
  • Discuss their priorities with state and local officials;
  • Better understand the impact they can have as school & community leaders;
  • Develop strategies for becoming more effective leaders.

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New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship

New York Farm Bureau is encouraging high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field to apply for the New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship awards are $1,500 for first place, $1,200 for second, and $1,000 for third place. District winners will each receive $100 and a memento. County winners are recognized at the discretion of their County farm Bureau.

Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a Student Farm Bureau membership (a membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures). Students are required to complete an application and submit a brief 500 word essay answering the question, “Discuss an issue facing agriculture in your county. How do you think NYFB can support members who may deal with this issue? ” We suggest that they feel free to visit the NYFB website www.nyfb.org to learn more about Farm Bureau.

At the District level, a personal interview and essay presentation may be scheduled at the discretion of the District Representative. The county winner will be the applicant scoring the highest for each county. The District winner will be overall highest county winner. The judging will take place prior to January 19, 2018. The state level competition is based solely upon the application and attachments.

The application submission deadline is November 16, 2017. F or scholarship information and the application visit http:/www.nyfb.org or contact Sandie Prokop at sprokop@nyfb.org or 1-800-342-4143.

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 October 31, 2017