Scholarships - Iowa 4-H Foundation


Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

"4-H prepares you for the real world through interviews, spending long hours preparing for presentations and projects, and placing such a huge emphasis on giving back to the community.”
-Olivia Matz, 2015 Cheryl and Dr. David Pence Family Visual Arts 4-H Scholarship Recipient


*Please note, scholarships for 2017 will be announced and available next month!*


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 80 scholarships worth more than $73,000. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $3,500.

Interested in making a contribution toward a scholarship? Contact Albert Grunenwald at 515-294-4780 or via email at 

Scholarship Criteria


Helpful Hints

All applications are due February 1, 2016, 11:59 p.m. (Exception: Hills Bank Leadership Grant deadline extended - see below)

A list of scholarships and qualifications can be found at the application site.

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. Hills Bank Leadership Grant applicants will also need 2 letters of recommendation from either from a community member, employer, or volunteer and from a school teacher or academic advisor.  Within the application is a section to send the requests for a letter to be submitted on your behalf.  Please begin your application in a timely fashion to give your recommenders time to submit their letter.

For questions on content of application or scholarship criteria please email

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


Click Here for the 4-H Scholarship and Hills Bank and Trust Leadership Program Grant Application



2016 Undergraduate 4-H 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. 

2016 Scholarship Press Release

Helpful hints and instructions


2016 Undergraduate 4-H Scholarships 

Photos from the 2016 Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship Reception can be found here.

2016 Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship Recipients


Hills Bank & Trust
Leadership Program Grants

IMPORTANT: Application deadline extended for this program only!  New deadline is March 1, 2016.

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. Check back for eligibility requirements with the Iowa 4-H Scholarship Listing for fall 2016.


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. Check back for eligibility requirements with the Iowa 4-H Scholarship Listing for fall 2016.

Questions? Contact:

Mary Clancy
Interim Scholarship Coordinator 

(712) 830-1321



Other Scholarship Opportunities

2015 Iowa 4-H County Scholarships (funded through the Iowa 4-H Foundation)

IFAA Winner's Circle Scholarships

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarships

Hixon Opportunity Awards

Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award

All Iowa State University Scholarships

2015 4-H Staff Info and Promotion Materials (PDF)


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