4-H Scholarships

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Scholarships, Contests, Opportunities

Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging Contest

The classes for the 90th annual Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest are available at http://judging.hoards.com/. You, your family, and club members are invited to join the thousands of others who participate in this fun and educational picture judging contest. The interactive web-based portal contains all five classes, and allows you to submit your entries online and receive your scores by email at the completion of the contest. If you need the 2020 pamphlet with the classes and the entries, contact the CCE Office. The deadline for entries is Thursday, March 19, 2020. Participants need to send the original or enter online to Hoard's Dairyman for the National Contest but remember to keep a copy of your entry to send to Kim at the CCE Office or email to Jenny at jmg422@cornell.edu for the County Contest by March 19.

Dairy Discovery Day

Cornell University

MARCH 27-28, 2020

The annual Dairy Discovery program provides New York youth with fun, hands-on science-oriented learning experiences on dairy production and management topics which feature the unique facilities, industry professionals, and staff of Cornell University. For more information and to register for this event please visit:https://blogs.cornell.edu/ansci4h/events-2/dairy-discovery-2/

2020 NY Youth Institute’s Global Challenge


The New York Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at Cornell University where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in New York and around the world.
Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges.
The New York Youth Institute is hosted by Cornell University with the generous support College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, CALS International Programs, the New York FFA, and New York 4-H. Learn More Here

New York State Guernsey Calf Award

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 1st of application year. You do not have to belong to 4-H, FFA, or a breed club to participate. The program is in it's 21st year and could not be more excited about what this program has done for the kids of New York State providing them with the possibility of being awarded a purebred Guernsey Calf. If you are interested in applying, please contact Jenny atjmg422@cornell.edu

TUFTS Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Program

Do you know an aspiring veterinarian? Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. We invite your 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for them!

AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals.

Applications for summer 2020 are now available! For more information about the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition, please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu.

Youth Ages 10 and Older - Do not have to be a 4-Her to attend!


Friday, June 19 thru Sunday, June 21
4-H Camp Shankitunk, Delhi, NY

Courses offered:
Ag-citing Science of Fiber Food & Farms - Take a look at the science of fiber, food and farms! We will delve into questions such as, "Why is wool itchy?", How does milk become more than just a drink?", and "How does tilling soil effect soil health?". You will take a look at agriculture under the microscope, get your hands dirty and find the answers to the above questions. We will find answers to questions you never knew you should be asking.

Code Explorers - Do you like to code or want to learn how? Have fun exploring computer programming during this course. We will go on virtual reality field trips, learn coding basics and do some cool maker activities. Learn how you can take theses activities home to teach others. All levels of coding experience are welcome!

GPS/Geocaching - Do you like to hunt for treasure? Do you like to go on Scavenger Hunts? Then this class is for you! Learn the fundamentals of geocaching along with some other fun and amazing aspects of geospatial science.

Microorganisms - The good, the bad, and the ugly. In this course you will learn about all the different types of microorganisms, perform numerous fun and exciting experiments, and grow your own culture!

Pollinator Power - This class is the perfect pick as pollinator week comes to an end. A series of hands-on activities will teach youth the importance of pollination, how it occurs, natural pollinators, how to create a bee friendly backyard, and more!

Rocketry I & II - Do you want to build and launch a rocket that will fly over 400' into the air? How about a water and air powered rocket as well? Experience the remarkable principles of how rockets work and the science of aerospace with fun activities. Rocketry I = Beginners; Rocketry II = must have taken Rocketry I.

Outdoor Survival - Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? In this course we will practice skills that are necessary for staying alive. We will spend the weekend outside learning fire and shelter building, cordage making, and other outdoor skills that will leave you better prepared for the unexpected. Dress for the weather - rain gear is a must - have!

Online Registration Available
Have Questions?
Contact Emily Roach, 4-H Resource Educator: 607-865-6531 (extension 107); esc33@cornell.edu.

2020 Summer STEM Opportunity for Teachers and Students
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites
STEM teachers and eligible HS & MS students to apply for 2020’s ARC & ORNL Summer STEM Program
(Applications due Feb. 28, 2020)

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is sponsoring two all-expenses paid, mid-summer, residential hands-on learning programs at the nation’s prestigious Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), located 25 miles from Knoxville, Tennessee, for selected STEM teachers and high school and middle school students. These programs focus on math, science, and technology for students and STEM teachers from NYS’s ARC Region -- Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.
2020’s two-week HS Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute for HS students and teachers will be from July 5–17, 2020; the five-day MS Summer Science Academy will be from July 11–17, 2020. Selected participants will work with award-winning scientists at one of the nation’s largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities and are involved in a variety of team-building and other activities. Students are engaged in guided science, math, and computer science technology team research projects; Teachers receive a $1,000 stipend and partner with individual research practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum. The programs culminate in a graduation ceremony where participants are recognized and showcase their work.

2020 High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute Students:

2020 STEM Academy for Middle School Students:

MS Applicant Criteria and MS Student Application

2020 International Exchange Program Seeking Host Families

We are trying to get a head start on the recruitment for Host families for our 2020 International Exchange Program Attached is a graphic that you can use in promoting this exciting and educational opportunity. You can also access a flyer and brochure on the NYS 4-H website. NYS is excited to again be hosting 18 Japanese delegates and 2 chaperones this summer (2020). If a family from your county applies, you will be notified and be included in the process as much or as little as you like. We will invite you to attend any orientations and I am here to answer any questions that you may have. We appreciate your help and support for this program and for all that you do to support the youth of NYS.

For more information about the program you may visit NYS 4-H Website or the States’ 4-H Website or contact Autumn Lavine. 

National Youth Summits: Registration Open

Empower young leaders to advance their skills and leadership potential at our National Youth Summits. 4-H'ers in grades 9-12 can pursue their interests in STEM, Agri-Science, Healthy Living, or Photography, and interact with peers from around the country at National 4-H Conference Center. Learn More: https://4hcenter.org/tours-programs/national-youth-summits/
Agri-Science Summit: January 9-12, 2020
Healthy Living Summit: February 13-16, 2020
Photography Summit: February 26-Mar 1, 2020
Contact our office for more information!

Jo-Ann's 4-H Rewards Program

JOANN is helping 4-H bring more hands-on programs to local communities across the nation to inspire kids to lead lives with their hearts, hands and minds. Current & lifetime members, parents of members, volunteers and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programming. MORE

Last updated February 14, 2020