Ohio Pork Council Scholarships: Due 4/30/2020

Ohio Pork Council Scholarships
The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to offer three scholarship opportunities in ​2020. Students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in college are encouraged to apply. Applicants, or their parents, must be actively involved in the pork industry. Children of pork industry employees, managers and contract growers are eligible. Applications can be found at http://ohiopork.org/scholarships/.

Applications, letters of recommendation and transcripts are due ​April 30, 2020. Please contact mwinters@ohiopork.org with additional questions.

2021 4-H Youth in Action Award Applications Now Open!

In 4‑H, you’ve developed your passion. You’ve found your purpose. You’ve inspired others – and now you’re moving forward. Share how 4‑H propelled you to change your community and you could earn a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards!

The 2021 4‑H YOUTH IN ACTION APPLICATION is now open! 


The 4‑H Youth in Action Program recognizes four confident young leaders with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives in our core pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM.

Each Pillar Winner will experience an exciting year of telling their 4‑H story and celebrating their leadership. Winners receive:

  • $5,000 higher education scholarship
  • Promotional video showcasing their 4‑H impact story
  • All-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards
  • Networking opportunities with 4‑H celebrities and other prominent alumni
  • Recognition as the official 4‑H youth spokesperson for their pillar

One Pillar Winner will be selected as the 4‑H Youth in Action National Award Winner and will receive an additional higher education scholarship.

For more information, click here.

Pay it FOURward with JOANN’s: March 1 – April 30, 2020

JOANN stores across the country help 4‑H clubs receive critical resources to bring more hands-on programs to local youth. This year, starting March 1- April 30, visit your local JOANN store and purchase a “Pay It Fourward” tear away at register for either $1 or $4 and help to Inspire a Child’s Creativity through 4‑H. If you donate $4, JOANN will give you a coupon to use on a future purchase.


ExploreAg Camps – Applications due 3/6/2020

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to be offering four STEM-based camps, ExploreAg. The ExploreAg program is a week-long experience where high school students interact with and learn from internationally known teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students are hosted on campus at The Ohio State University and Central State University and are introduced to various aspects of agriculture both in the classroom and through diverse hands-on learning experiences, both on and off campus.

Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business.

In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research, and introduce industry partners, to provide scholars with a glimpse of innovative careers in related fields.

ExploreAg will offer four camp sessions:
Session 1 – June 14-19 on the Ohio State University Main Campus
Session 2 – June 21-26 on the Ohio State University Main Campus
Session 3 – July 5-10 on the Central State University Campus
Session 4 – July 12-17 on the Ohio State University ATI Campus

Program costs, which include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation, have been generously sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation as a part of their vision to create a strong farm and food community for all Ohioans.

The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020. Details can be found at exploreag.org. This is a science camp your teenagers will not want to miss! If you have further questions, contact Melinda Witten at mwitten@ofbf.org.

Source: Ohio Ag Net

International Host Families Needed

Hello Potential Fairfield County Host Families: Now is the time to submit applications to host international youth in the summer of 2020!

2020 Hosting Information!

  • 50 Families will be selected to host Japanese youth and adults (July 23 – August 17).
  • You must have a child in your family aged 10-16 to host a youth. No children are required to host an adult.
  • Applications Due ASAP – Until all exchangees are placed. Japanese youth and adults are typically placed by March or April.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance after references, home visit & background checks are completed.

Japanese Youth and Adults

*** Ohio host siblings for Japanese youth should be ages 10-16. *** Ohio host siblings will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender & approximate age. *** Applications accepted until all youth are placed, usually in late April.

2020 Host Family Application 

Please complete the application by following the instructions on page 1. This application can only be completed using a desktop or laptop computer. (No tablets, phones, etc.) You will be instructed to save the application form to your desktop or laptop with a NEW name BEFORE entering information to it – otherwise, your information will be lost. You will need the names, email addresses and phone numbers for your 3 references in order to submit the form. You will also need 1-2 family photos, although they can be submitted separately or at a later time. Questions? thalheimer.1@osu.edu

2020 SAMPLE Host Family Application – Click above to see a finished application! 


Additional information can be found on the State 4-H Website at: https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/international-program

2020 News for 4-H and Ohio Military Kids

Here’s to the start of new decade for Ohio Military Kids! This will be a year of appreciation as we embrace 2020 with open minds and big hearts. We extend our appreciation to those past, present, and future who contribute time and efforts to support the increasing number of military-affiliated youth served by OMK.

Ohio Military Kids is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and Ohio National Guard Family Readiness. This partnership allows us to put on numerous events around the state of Ohio. From overnights, daylong programs, weekend camps, and even a week-long camp, these events are open to youth of military families. 4-H older youth and adults can volunteer for OMK events, including as camp counselors in the summer!

 With our event season approaching, we are all excited to embrace the new year of 2020! Ohio Military Kids just launched their first wave of events for March and April. These events include two daylong horse camps, a zoo overnight, and a weekend farm visit. Visit our website at go.osu.edu/OMKevents to learn more about the 2020 adventures of Ohio Military Kids!

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships – due 2/28/2020

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has more than $70,000 in scholarships available to Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities who are pursuing degrees connected in some way to agriculture.

Through 10 programs, approximately 50 scholarships will be awarded. The deadline to apply online is February 28. 2020. Applications and a description of each scholarship can be found at https://ofbf.org/foundation/scholarships/

Grateful Champions – An opportunity for 4-H members with special needs.

The National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) will be hosting on June 8th 2020 in Indianapolis, IN. This event is open to all 4-Hexhibitors with special needs. This is a unique opportunity located centrally in the Midwest that we hope promotes inclusion and opportunity for all in the livestock industry! Questions? Contact: Brynn Roy at brynn@nationalswine.com or by phone at 765-463-3594. Click here for the entry form: Grateful Champions

Save the Date: 4-H Day is March 7th!

Don’t forget to join us March 7th, 1-3 pm at the AAA Building on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds to learn more about our Fairfield County 4-H Program.

4-H Day is a great opportunity to learn about 4-H, see what projects are available, and meet clubs in Fairfield County. Save the date because we would love to see you and your family on Saturday, March 7th!