Scholarships - Iowa 4-H Foundation



2020 Scholarship Recipient List

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

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.

2021 Scholarship Information to Come!

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

Hills Bank & Trust Leadership Grant

IMPORTANT: Application deadline extended for this program only!  New deadline is March 1, 2020.

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 & Trust Leadership Grant Application.

Veterinary Medicine 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. 

The Mahr Family Veterinarian Medicine Scholarship is for an individual who has been accepted to or attending ISU College of Veterinarian Medicine. There is a community service component requirement. Available on even numbered years, 2020, 2022, etc.

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

Other Scholarship Opportunities

The IFAA (Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement) is a non-profit organization comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to providing scholarships, financial awards and incentives for college-bound youth seeking a post-secondary education in the area of agriculture. The IFAA Winner’s Circle Scholarships are available to Incoming Freshman and Upperclassmen enrolled in an Agricultural Curriculum at any 2 or 4 year College or University in Iowa. Last year, the IFAA awarded 122 scholarships totaling $188,500.

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

Incoming freshman application Deadline: April 1

Upperclassmen application  Deadline: May 1

The National Corn Growers Association is again offering this scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation. Five $1,500 scholarships are available to undergraduate college students. To apply, students or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA. Students may apply for membership at NCGA.comApplications must be submitted by December 1, 2019.

The application is available here:

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, 2020.

Questions? Contact:

Mary Clancy
Scholarship Coordinator 
(712) 830-1321

Technical Support:

For technical support for the online application please contact the help center at

2019 Scholarship Recipients

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