2023 Ohio 4-H Scholarship Winners from Fairfield County

Congrats to these 5 Fairfield County 4-H Alumni who will be receiving an Ohio 4-H Scholarship this year! Over $75,000 was awarded this year through Ohio 4-H Scholarships. Ohio 4-H Scholarship applications for 2024 will be due February 15th, 2024 (online). For more information, click here. Many Ohio 4-H Scholarships are not just for incoming freshmen…. so be sure to check it out!

Ohio State Fair Scholarships: Due May 1st (not just for livestock exhibitors!)

In an effort to recognize the quality youth of Ohio, and to help those interested in furthering their education, the Ohio Expositions Commission has established a Scholarship Program for Ohio State Fair participants.

The purpose of these scholarships is to assist high school juniors and seniors and graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an under graduate course of study in any field.

The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to not issue a scholarship if no applicant fulfills the requirements.


The applicant must be a high school junior or senior or a graduate continuing their education at an accredited institution in an under graduate course of study. They must reside in the State of Ohio and must have been both eligible to be a participant in the Junior Fair (not older than 19 years of age as of January 1, 2023) and must have served as an active participant in both the Ohio State Fair Junior Division and their local county fair.

All questions on the application form must be answered to be considered for an award. High school and/or college transcript must be attached, along with copies of ACT and/or SAT scores. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Applications will be judged on the following basis:

  • 20% Scholastic Standing
  • 20% Citizenship and Leadership
  • 25% Ohio State Fair Participation
  • 20% County Fair Participation
  • 15% Essay

Applicants may be required to be interviewed at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

Previous winners are eligible to compete, as long as they meet the above requirements.

Scholarship winners will be notified by July 26. All scholarships will be awarded during the Sale of Champions at the Ohio State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 6.

The Hall of Fame Scholarship will be awarded during the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame Luncheon on Thursday, August 3.

Completed applications must be submitted by May 1, 2023. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted online. Visit this link to access scholarship information and application. 

Questions? Email the Ohio State Fair at info@expo.ohio.gov.

Ohio Academy of Science STEM Scholarships: Apps due 3/31/2023

Ohio 4-H members are eligible to use their STEM participation within 4-H to apply for the $2,000 scholarships available. Deadline has been extended to March 31, 2023.  Last year several of 4-H members received scholarships (and they were only $1,000). Please share with your Juniors and Seniors as there are 99 scholarships available (one per state congressional districts).


For more information: 2022-2023 Statewide STEM Scholarship Application

4-H Members with STEM Projects – Apply for scholarships to help you with your project(s)!

The purpose of this scholarship program is to recognize students throughout Ohio for their contributions to STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship. To ensure that students from all parts of Ohio receive recognition, we would like to award at least one $2,000 scholarship in each of Ohio’s ninety-nine State House of Representative districts, and thirty-three Ohio State Senate districts.  Deadline is March 15, 2023.


PDF with Information: 2022-2023 Statewide STEM Scholarship Application

Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarships Available, Deadline to Apply is March 15!

This scholarship was established by Dorrin and Ruth Ross. Natives of Licking County, Ohio, Dorrin and Ruth married and moved to Columbus in 1935. Mr. Ross began his career as a carpenter, worked for the Curtiss-Wright Company during World War II, and spent the remainder of his career with the Ohio Parole Board, working his way from Parole officer to a supervisor.  The scholarship is indicative of Mrs. Ross’s interest in supporting educational opportunities for rural students, inspired by the loss of her family’s farm during the Depression, after her  graduation from college.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduates or graduating high school seniors of Bloom-Carroll High School or Fairfield Union High School.
  • Past or present members of Fairfield County 4-H or Fairfield County Agriculture’s Future Farmers of America (FFA);
  • Selection Criteria will be based on Financial Need – 60%,  Academic Potential – 10%, Character – 10%, Community Involvement – 10% ,
  • Leadership Potential-10%.

Application Requirements

Individual Online Application https://cfprograms.smapply.io/prog/rossschol

  • Application Information
  • Essay: Discuss your education/career plans and goals, why you have chosen your field, and why you think you will be a success.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from teachers, counselors, or 4-H/FFA advisors
  • Most Recent Transcript (must include the first term of the academic year)
  • College Acceptance Letter: High School Students and First Time College Students ONLY

Award Process

  • The Foundation sends award letters to recipients that explain the payment request process and include the proof of enrollment form.
  • Once proof of enrollment has been received by the Foundation, a check will be sent to the recipient’s educational institution. All awards are paid directly to the educational institution. The scholarship may be used for tuition and books only. The scholarship must not displace any institutional or other aid.

For more details contact: The Columbus Foundation Scholarships Team,  scholarships@columbusfoundation.org

Alicia Szempruch, Senior Advisor for Scholarships, aszempruch@columbusfoundation.org

Larry L. Hoover Memorial Scholarship for College Students

Any college junior or senior in agriculture or an ag-related field is eligible for this annually awarded scholarship.  The number of scholarships and amount awarded fluctuates based on the quality of applicants.  The scholarship is administered by Fairfield County Foundation.  The application deadline for this scholarship is March 10, 2023.   The committee considers extracurricular activities and personal goals, in addition to grade point average. Questions can be directed to Abby King, be emailing aking@fairfieldcountyfoundation.org.  The application can be found on their website fairfieldcountyfoundation.org.

Farmers Equipment “Invest in our Future” Scholarship due 4/15/2023

Farmers Equipment “Invest in Our Future” Scholarship

Support local junior fair projects in counties with Farmers Equipment customers by offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors involved in their county fairs through 4-H or FFA.

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded in 18 counties that Farmers Equipment does business, to 4-H and/or FFA members who are graduating high school seniors.


  1. Must be a high school senior in the county in which you are applying.
  2. Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a four-year, two-year or a trade school for Fall Quarter/Semester of 2023.
  3. Applicant must be or have been involved in a junior fair program, such as 4-H or FFA.
  4. Applicant may not have been a previous winner of this scholarship.

All applications must be typed and received no later than April 15, 2023. Those applicants that are selected will be recognized at an event to be announced. They will be notified by email in advance of the event.

Click here to access the application.

Ohio FFA Foundation Scholarships – Due 2/1/2023

One application for three scholarship opportunities!

Visit https://ohioffa.org/foundation/programs/scholarships to find the application link.

The application includes 3 essay questions and students must upload their current resume. Please have your essay responses and resume prepared in other documents to copy into the application, as you cannot save your work and return later. The resume file must be saved as a .pdf file.

Essay Questions (500 word limit for each question):

  1. Describe how your involvement in FFA has shaped who you are.
  2. What are your academic goals? Why did you decide to go to college?
  3. How has your involvement in the FFA prepared you to succeed in college?

***Question ONLY for those applying for the Ohio State Fair Endowment scholarship***

List in detail how you have participated at the Ohio State Fair including areas of participation and year. Be sure to include and highlight your FFA participation at the Ohio State Fair. (Please include your plans for this upcoming year).

You can find the questions and eligibility requirements by visiting the scholarship webpage found at https://ohioffa.org/foundation/programs/scholarships/.

Remember only one application is needed per student.

Questions can be directed to the Ohio FFA Foundation staff at kmann@ohioffa.org.

Source: Ohio Ag Ed Newsletter – January 24, 2023

Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application – due 1/13/2023

2023 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 cooksey.25@osu.edu 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 2023 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 13, 2023.

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.

Ohio Farm Bureau Scholarships – due 2/28/2023

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 https://ofbf.org/foundation/scholarships/ is Feb. 28.

All applications require letters of recommendation, an essay, school transcripts and photos. Interactive OFBF website allows for filtering options to help determine eligibility on various scholarships.