Pay Forward: Ohio 4-H Scholarship Challenge

Did you know there are only 9 counties that have more than 50 active 4-H clubs? Fairfield County is one of them!

Celebrate the 120th anniversary of 4-H by contributing to the Ohio 4-H Scholarship Challenge. Your gift will provide need-based support and empower deserving 4-H youth to attend Ohio State. Learn how you can make an impact.

Source: O-H-I-O Newsletter: May 10 (The Ohio State University Alumni Association)

Scholarship Opportunity: Agricultural Education Foundation

The Agriculture Education Foundation is accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships to be issued to college students enrolling in Ohio’s agriculture educator programs for the fall semester 2022.

This opportunity is open to any student who meets the minimum qualifications and is enrolled or planning to enroll in an agriculture teaching major or 4-H extension major at any of Ohio’s three Universities offering these programs, another two year or four-year school in Ohio offering a two plus two programs or another pathway to become an agriculture teacher or extension educator.

The five scholarships will consist of two for students at a four-year institution, two for students at a community college with a 2 plus 2 program, and one for an individual using the alternative pathway to become an agri-science teacher. This will be a non-reimbursable scholarship that can be used for tuition, university housing and class materials.  All funds will be administered through the institution’s office of billing and or tuition assistance.

All students are encouraged to apply.  The Foundation will give increased consideration to students on a pathway that includes Central State University.

Applicants must have application materials submitted no later than April 25, 2022, 5pm.  Funds for the fall semester 2022 will be available through the institution. Official application documents and requirements are available at

Source: ACEL Nutshell – March 25, 2022

STEM Research Scholarships available for High School Students

Do you know an Ohio High School 11th or 12th grader that has participated in some sort of STEM research (Science Day, Believe in Ohio, FFA, 4-H, ODNR Student Symposium, Scouts, Career Tech, etc.)? Don’t let them miss out on this opportunity!

In the application, we recommend that you share about a 4-H project that you have taken with a STEM or entrepreneurial focus (which includes livestock – Animal Science).

750 Word essay answering

  1. Why do you think you deserve this scholarship, and how will it help you prepare for your future?
  2. Discuss, in detail, the significant, rigorous STEM or entrepreneurship competition, research project, or published manuscript that you completed. How did this experience demonstrate your potential to excel as a future innovator?

For more information click here.

Fairfield Foundation Scholarship Applications due 3/11/2022

The deadline for the 2022-2023 scholarship application is quickly approaching. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022. Shortly after, review of scholarship applications will begin and will continue through early June.

Students who receive a scholarship offer from an online scholarship will be notified via the email address used to log on to their account. Not all scholarships are awarded at the same time. Students will need to complete follow-up information in the online portal, if awarded. Students can visit the online portal anytime to check the status of each scholarship they were eligible to receive.

PLEASE NOTE: If there are any changes to your plans for the 2022-2023 school year, including a change in school, major or other financial aid received, that would require a change to the information submitted in your original application, please email the changes to Abby King at

Source: Fairfield County Foundation Newsletter 3/9/2022

Scholarship Opportunity: Ohio Ag Council (due 2/15/2022)

The Ohio Ag Council annually offers scholarships to assist students in pursuing a career in an agricultural-related field. Scholarships are available to high school seniors preparing to enter college or any undergraduate student currently enrolled in college. Applicants or their parent or legal guardian must be a resident of Ohio.

Scholarships are selected based on academic record, leadership qualities, community involvement and responses to application essay questions. Scholarship recipients are also provided a one-year complimentary student membership in OAC.

The scholarship application window for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Completed applications must be returned to the Ohio Agricultural Council by February 15, 2022.


Franklin County Farm Bureau Scholarships due 3/15/2022

The Franklin County Farm Bureau is an organization that works to support Ohio’s food and farm community. In their mission to encourage the next generation of agriculturalists, FCFB awards multiple scholarships totaling nearly $15,000 to students attending accredited colleges and universities. All students are encouraged to apply, but preference is given to those studying an agriculturally-related field, or those involved in other agriculturally-related activities.

To view and download the application, please direct students to visit this webpage. The fillable application is also attached to this email. The complete application must be emailed no later than March 15, 2022, to If there are any questions, please contact Krista Stradley at

Source: ACEL Nutshell – February 10, 2022

Ohio Farm Bureau Scholarships – due 2/28/2022

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has more than $60,000 in scholarships available to Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities who are pursuing degrees connected in some way to agriculture.

Through 12 scholarship funds, approximately 50 awards will be made to deserving students. The deadline to apply online at is Feb. 28, and all applications require letters of recommendation, an essay, school transcripts and photos.

Source: OSU ACEL Nutshell – January 19, 2022

Livestock Publication Council Scholarship – due 2/15/2022

The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) is accepting applications for the Forrest Bassford Student Award. The top winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a $500 travel scholarship to attend LPC’s annual convention and Ag Media Summit in Raleigh, N.C., July 16-20, 2022.

Up to three $750 travel scholarships to attend the convention will be given in addition to the top award. Students participating in the convention will have the opportunity to interact with more than 500 livestock publication and agricultural communications professionals while attending workshops and seminars specifically related to this field. Alltech, award sponsor, will also provide the opportunity for award winners to attend the Alltech ONE Conference with complimentary registration.

Applicants must be a college junior or senior at the start of the 2022-23 college year with at least one semester before graduation. The application deadline is Feb. 15. Application available here.

Source: ACEL Nutshell – January 5, 2022

Ohio 4-H Scholarship Applications – due 2/15/2022

The 2022-2023 Ohio 4-H scholarship application is now online via Ohio State College of Food, Ag, and Environmental Sciences webpage. Please note, that students enrolled in CFAES at Ohio State use this one application link and should select that they were a 4-H member to move forward with the 4-H scholarship application. For students who will not be enrolled at Ohio State next fall, you are still eligible for some Ohio 4-H Scholarships and should use this same link:

The priority deadline is February 15, 2022. Applications submitted after this date are considered if funding is available.
Scholarships are awarded for one academic year only. Both incoming and current students must submit an application every year to be considered for scholarships.

Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application – due 1/7/2022

2022 Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application –  for High School Seniors and those in College. If you have questions or want more information, please contact Leslie Cooksey at or 740-277-4625.  Please download the form for the interactive pdf to work.

Priority will be given to those who are current seniors and/or have not received this scholarship previously. Scholarship recipients must complete at least ONE 4-H project in 2022 to receive this award. Fairfield County 4-H Scholarships are due in paper copy to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022.

Additional scholarship opportunities can be found on our Fairfield County Extension website under Older Youth Opportunities or visit previous Fairfield County 4-H blog posts.