2019 Ohio 4-H Family Guide – Now available online!

Fair has only been over a few days, but we are getting LOTS of calls about prospective 4-Hers interested in joining the program next year!
Want to check out project ideas in preparation for 2019? The 4-H Family Guide is now available online! Hard copies will be distributed by clubs to each family in March.
New projects:
182 Small Equine
593 Seeing Through Graphic Design
612 Geology: Can You Dig It?
757 Crossbow
415 Ready, Set, Sew Active! (replaces Active Sportswear)
419 Terrific Tops (replaces Tops for Tweens)
487 Take a Break for Breakfast (replaces Fast Break for Breakfast)
624 Outdoor Adventurer: Intermediate Fishing (replaces Intermediate Fishing)
692 Growing with the Seasons
711AG 4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Guidebook
587 Writing and Reporting for Teenagers
596 Play the Role
598 Set the Stage

Ohio Youth Capital Challenge – Nominate a great 4-Her!

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H, and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering to bring the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge to your students. Here is your chance to nominate students who have a concern for local community issues and who have a desire to be more involved. Delegate nominations are due by October 26, 2018. Information has been posted for the 2019 challenge: http://ohioffa.org/ohio-youth-capital-challenge/ If you have questions, please contact Cassie Anderson at Anderson.3157@osu.edu.

Nominate a great 4-Her that will grow from an opportunity to work on a team and wants to make an impact on his or her community through public policy.

Youth may choose to apply without a nomination as well, or will be sent this link after nomination is received.  Final applications from participants are due November 30, 2018.

2019 Delegate Application: https://goo.gl/forms/kx9sBO5Ju8Zewapj1

Fairfield County Foundation Scholarship Information – Deadline 3/15/2019

The Fairfield County Foundation scholarship application for the 2019-2020 school year will open on December 1, 2018 to anyone seeking financial support to further their education. For those who are excited to get started, there are a few things you can do before the application opens!

  • Visit the Scholarship FAQ section of our website to find:
    • Insight into required documents
    • Tips on filling out the application
    • New information is added frequently, so check back often
  • Follow us on Facebook for reminders (tell your parents to follow as well)
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
    • Application opened October 1, 2018
    • We recommend filling out as soon as possible
    • You will be required to upload the first page of your Student Aid Report (SAR) and report your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA
  • Think about the best people (at least 2) to serve as references for you and ask them before adding them on your application
    • Reference letters must be uploaded online by the reference before the deadline (March 15, 2019)
    • We only require two, but be prepared to ask others if the original two cannot complete before deadline
    • Make sure you have a correct email address
  • Obtain a copy of your transcript
    • You will need to include information about class rank, GPA, ACT/SAT scores
    • School counselor will upload official copy of transcript for high school seniors
    • Make sure you have their email address correct

Current college students will need to upload an OFFICIAL transcript that they have obtained from their current school (a DARS report or a screen shot of your grades online is NOT acceptable)

POET Scholarship Application – Deadline is 2/1/2019

POET Never Satisfied Scholarships are open to students enrolled for Fall Semester 2019 in any two- or four-year post-secondary school, regardless of major or GPA. Never Satisfied Scholars receive up to $5,000 each, and will have the opportunity to visit the POET Sioux Falls campus during the school year. Link to application: https://poet.com/scholarship

APPLICATION DUE DATE: February 1, 2019
To be eligible for special awards, complete your application before the deadline. Watch POET’s social media pages for more information on early bird applications.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS – To officially submit your application, please provide the following:

  • Basic Contact Information
  • Educational Information
  • Answers to Three Questions

APPLICATION ENHANCEMENTS – To help your application shine, consider the following:

  • Upload a Video
  • Add Up to Two References
  • Apply Early for Special Awards

APPLICATION REMINDERS – To receive a reminder as the application deadline approaches, click here.

Middle School Youth: Attend HealthU – An event for youth interested in healthy living!

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 10 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, OH 43210

This event is for middle school-age (grades 6-8) youth interested in healthy living. The day will be devoted to hands-on sessions that will also feature learning about health-related careers. Session topics will include Nutrition, Food Science, Sports Medicine, Fitness/Health Coaching. Pending topics include Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health.

To register, please visit the event website. Registration deadline has been extended to Monday, October 22nd!

Ohio State College of Food, Ag, and Environmental Sciences and Ohio 4-H – Scholarship Application open now through 2/15/2019

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Scholarship Application is now open for the 2019-20 academic year!

All students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to fill out the College Scholarship Application for the 2019-20 academic year.

You will only need to fill out one application to be eligible for scholarships from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and ATI/Wooster. The priority deadline for completing the application is February 15, 2019.

The simple on-line form requires you to write a short 300 word essay, list of present and previous work experience, involvement in extracurricular activities, provide details about involvement in groups. Students in the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources will only need to complete this application for 2019-20 as the supplemental questions are within this application. Applicants who have participated in 4-H regardless of University/College, Campus, or major are to complete this application and the additional supplemental questions when you check “Yes” on the involvement in 4-H.


Thank You Notes Available

Those of you receiving awards at the Fairfield County Junior Fair, please turn your rosette over and look at the label on the back.  The label contains the name of your award sponsor – please send them a thank you note.  If you need a thank you note, stop by the Junior Fair Office today until noon, or 9 am to noon on Saturday.  (The Junior Fair Office is closed today at noon through Friday for the sale).  Thank you notes can also be requested through the Extension Office next week.

Exhibitor Premiums

If you completed a project during summer judging and have the project exhibited at the fair, you are eligible to receive the premium award based on the grade you received.  Stop by the little red building east of the Junior Fair Office (on top of the hill) and pick up your premium.  For those of you that are showing this week at the fair, you can get your premium the day AFTER your show.  The ladies working in the premium office need your grade before they can give you your premium, and we need until the following morning to get them copies.

2019 Ohio Military Kids Information

It is finally fall! With that being said, the Ohio Military Kids 2018 season is coming to an end. However, we are already planning for the 2019 event season. Ohio Military Kids is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and Family Readiness with Ohio National Guard. With this amazing partnership, Ohio Military Kids puts on several events throughout the state of Ohio. These events range from one day events, to overnights, to weekend camps, and even weeklong residential camps. These events are open to youth of military families, and they do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate. 4-H members and adults have the opportunity to volunteer for OMK events, including as camp counselors in the summer!

The mission of Ohio Military Kids is to support the youth of military families throughout the deployment cycle. Ohio 4-H is an essential supporter of the Ohio Military Kids Program and its mission. Ohio 4-H works hand-in-hand with Ohio National Guard to deliver fun and supportive programs to military families. With military youth in every county in Ohio, the partnership of 4-H to promote OMK opportunities to your military friends and neighbors in all 88 counties is appreciated!

Please check out our website at go.osu.edu/OMK for more information!