Scholarships - Iowa 4-H Foundation



Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Recipients!  View photos from the 2021 Scholarship Reception here.


Are you an Iowa 4-H'er planning to attend college? The Iowa 4-H Foundation knows it's not easy to finance a college education, and we know that many Iowa 4-H'ers can use help achieving their educational goals. Consider applying for an Iowa 4-H Scholarship, funded by donors through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Designed to encourage Iowa 4-H members to continue their education beyond high school, our current scholarship program offers over 90 scholarships worth more than $100,000. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $10,000. Thank you to the donors who make these scholarships possible! Read about the scholarships available here.

Interested in making a contribution toward a scholarship? Contact Emily Saveraid at 515-294-1552 or via email at


Last minute tips for applying!

4-H College Scholarships

Iowa 4-H members are eligible to apply for 4-H scholarships if they meet individual scholarship requirements (i.e. designated college and/or major program of study, county of residence, 4-H event participation, etc.)  Applicants must enroll as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours) to receive scholarship awards. Only ONE application form is needed for all Iowa 4-H scholarships. Eligible Iowa 4-H youth may apply for more than one scholarship, however, only one scholarship per individual will be awarded per academic year. Please visit the links below for more information. 

To be eligible for any of the Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarships 2 letters of recommendation are required - one from an Extension staff member or 4-H volunteer and one from a school/college academic advisor or teacher. College undergraduates may submit both letters from academic advisors.

All 4-H scholarship applications are due February 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. A list of scholarships and qualifications can be found at the application site and in the links below.

Computer related questions can be directed to Award Spring Support Line
Email | Phone 888.258.5628, option 2

Hills Bank Leadership Grant

IMPORTANT: Application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Open to current high school Juniors in eastern Iowa, this program offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills and earn a 4-H Scholarship. You do not need to be a current Iowa 4-H member to apply for the Leadership Scholarship program.

For current High School Juniors- Hills Bank Leadership Grant applicants will also need 2 letters of recommendation from either a community member, employer, or volunteer and from a school teacher or academic advisor.  

Within the application is a section to send the request to each reference for a letter to be submitted on your behalf.  Please begin your application in a timely fashion to give your references time to submit their letter. 

Instructions and Helpful Hints for preparing the Hills Bank Leadership Grant Application.

Notes on several 4-H Scholarships:

The Lloyd, INC. 4-H Scholarships are open to former Iowa 4-H members who have been accepted to the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. Applications are due March 15th as new veterinarian students are announced on March 1st.

The 4-H Sand Burr Scholarships are available to Benton County 4-H’ers who have completed their first year of veterinarian school or who are planning to go into the veterinarian technician program in Iowa. Applications are due February 1.

The Mahr Family College of Ag Scholarship is for an individual who has been accepted to or attending ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. There is a community service component requirement. Available on odd numbered years, 2021, 2023, etc. Applications are due February 1.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

College-bound Iowa youth active in 4-H and/or FFA livestock and agricultural projects and current undergraduate students may apply for scholarships available from the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA).
The scholarships are available to freshmen entering any Iowa two or four-year, post-secondary institution this fall and current undergraduates attending Iowa State University. Applicants must major in animal science or a curriculum in agriculture or human sciences that is related to the agriculture industry.

Winner's Circle scholarship funds come from a percentage of Sale of Champions proceeds as well as Winner’s Circle Club donations.

Five $1,500 scholarships are available to all undergraduate college students regardless of major. Students or a parent/guardian must be members of the National Corn Growers Association to qualify. The deadline for submitting an application is December 4, 2020.

The Hoover Presidential Foundation will award up to $52,500 in scholarships to Iowa students this year. As many as 15 students will be chosen for the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Award, a scholarship program for Iowa high school juniors, each will receiving a $1,500 stipend. In addition, three $10,000 scholarships are awarded for study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or tech school anywhere in the country. 

The deadline for submitting an application is March 15, 2021

Questions? Contact:

Mary Clancy
Scholarship Coordinator 
(712) 830-1321

Technical Support:

For technical support for the online application please contact the help center at or via phone at 888.258.5628.

2020 Scholarship Recipients

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