Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Awards

4-H members who completed the Ohio 4-H Achievement or Junior Achievement Forms were recognized on April 8th through a drive-thru event. Scholarship winners were also announced and recognized. Members were recognized by family. A big thank you to the Fairfield County Commissioners for providing certificates to our members. And a special thank you Commissioner Levacy and Commissioner Fix for attending this event! Congrats to all and keep up the great work!

For photos from the event, click here.

For a complete listing of 2021 awards: 2021 Achievement Banquet Program – Updated 2021.04.13

Save the Date: Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Awards Ceremony

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form and Junior Achievement Form Families: Please save the evening of Thursday, April 8th for our Drive-Thru Achievement Awards Ceremony. 

This will be a scheduled event, with the scheduling information to come out soon.  We are hoping families can join us in a drive-thru at the Fairgrounds and celebrate!  There will be a quick photo opportunity for youth and their families as well as awards presented.

Congrats to Ohio 4-H State Achievement Winners and Alternates!

Congrats to our 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Winners and Alternates! State Winners will be invited to attend National 4-H Congress this fall which is held annually in Atlanta, Georgia. Should any of Ohio’s state winners not be able to attend their trip, some of our alternates may get the opportunity to also attend! This post has been updated as of 4/13/2021.

2022 National 4-H Youth In Action Awards – Application is 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. See how 4‑H has propelled these young people to change their communities.


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 year, Pillar Winners 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

Source: https://4-h.org/parents/4-h-youth-in-action-awards/

Questions about 4-H Award Forms and Applications? Drop in for Open Office Hours via Zoom 12/28 and 12/29

We hope everyone has made progress on their 4-H award forms and applications this month. If you have questions or just want to know where to start… drop in for my office hours via Zoom next week on Monday and Tuesday.

Information on Older Youth Opportunities and Awards (including Junior Achievement Forms):
Award Forms are available at http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth

Open Office Hours via Zoom for Older Youth Award Forms:
December 28th from 1-3 p.m. http://go.osu.edu/1228officehours
December 29th from 1-3 p.m. http://go.osu.edu/1229officehours

The Ohio 4-H Achievement Form: Your GATEWAY to National 4-H Congress, Ohio State Junior Fair Board, National Dairy Conference, County Merit Awards, and County Trip Scholarships!

Fairfield County teens have an outstanding legacy with successful Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms. In fact, we had 9 state winners in 2020 alone! Join this group of outstanding teens by completing the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form which opens the door to so many opportunities including:

  • State Achievement Awards – winners attend National 4-H Congress on an expense paid trip each year!
  • National Dairy Conference Trip Winner
  • State Junior Fair Board
  • Ohio Township Association Local Government Award
  • County Merit Awards
  • County Trip Awards
  • County 4-H Scholarships

The 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form is available now at: http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth – Older youth applications and forms are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8th, 2021.

If you missed last week’s Older Youth Workshop – view now for tips and tricks for completing this award form:

Do you want to be an Outstanding 4-Her in 2021? Here’s what you need to do:

In order to be considered an Outstanding 4-Her, applicants must meet ALL THREE of the following. If these are met, forms will be considered for this achievement.

  • 1) Attained the level of High School Senior (or above) as of January 1st of the current year,
  • 2) Completed the 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form in January of the current year, and
  • 3) Be a current 4-H member in good standing (enrolled in 4-H, completing projects, attending meetings, etc.)

The timeline of the Outstanding 4-Her Application process:

  • January 8th, 2021: Turn in the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form to the OSU Extension Office.
  • Mid to late summer: Individuals who meet the first three requirements (above) will be sent a letter with details on how to complete the application process.
  • August 21st, 2021: Deadline to submit the Outstanding 4-Her Application Form AND Addendum (update) to their Ohio 4-H Achievement Form.
    •  The Addendum is a separate document/piece of paper where applicants will include any 4-H and non-4-H updates from the current 4-H year that took place after their Ohio 4-H Achievement Form was submitted back in January.
    •  Additionally, the Addendum can include past 4-H and non-4-H activities, programs, events, and participation that may not have been included on their Ohio 4-H Achievement Form.
    • The Addendum (submitted in August) and the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form (submitted in January) will be used to review criteria selected on your Outstanding 4-Her Application Form. You may include as many pages as necessary.

October 10th, 2021: Individuals who meet the Outstanding 4-Her criteria will be recognized at the Junior Fair Panorama the Sunday of the Fairfield County Fair.

The letter sent may be found here.  An example completed form and addendum may be found here.

Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application – due 1/8/2021

2021 Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application is for High School Seniors and those in College. This scholarship is for Fairfield County 4-H Members (you must also be a member in good standing and complete at least one 4-H project year in the year in which you apply for this scholarship). If you have questions or want more information, please contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or 740-277-4625.

Please download the form above for the interactive pdf to work.

(additional scholarship opportunities may be found on the Blog: https://u.osu.edu/fairfield4h/category/scholarships/)

Sea Camp, Camp Canopy, Leadership Camp, Shooting Sports Education Camp, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus – How do I get there?

These trip opportunities are available to our Fairfield County 4-H youth who complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form each year. The 4-H Advisor Committee, OSU Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Fund, and numerous local sponsors help support scholarships for our youth to attend.

Trip awards are selected from those who submit the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form each year. The 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form will be due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8th,2021. For more information, visit: http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth

Questions? Contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or Aubry Fowler at fowler.443@osu.edu.