Brookings | Youth, who have at least five years of active membership in South Dakota 4-H and are current high school seniors or are enrolled in post secondary education are encouraged to apply for South Dakota 4-H Scholarships.
"These scholarships are specifically for SD 4-H members and the process makes it easy to apply for as many as you would like," said Audrey Rider SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Leadership Field Specialist.
There are seven different scholarship opportunities and the deadline for all applications is April 1, 2013.
To apply for South Dakota State 4-H Scholarship(s), applicants need to submit the following four items:
1. Cover letter of one typewritten page (8½"x11"), with one inch margins, using a 12 point font.
2. Résumé of one or two typewritten pages (8½"x11"), with one inch margins, using a 12 point font
3. Non-confidential one-page letter of recommendation from one of the following: 4-H club leader, county 4-H Youth Program Advisor, school administrator or teacher, employer, pastor or someone who can comment on the applicant's goals and skills.
4. For high school seniors, an official copy of his/her high school transcript with the current cumulative grade point average (GPA), rank in class and ACT/SAT scores; for current college students, a college and/or technical institute transcript with the current cumulative GPA.
Students also have the option of submitting one page of photos with captions showing 4-H leadership work/accomplishments.
To find out what to include in your cover letter and resume please refer to the 2013 South Dakota State 4-H Scholarship Policy document in the 4-H Resource library on iGrow.org.
A committee will review all applications and announce recipients in early May. All applicants will be notified via USPS mail regarding their final status after selection of recipients. All recipients must complete and return the 4-H Scholarship Acceptance Form to receive the scholarship(s).
4-H scholarship awards are based on fulfillment of scholarship-specific criteria and the following:
40 percent scholastic achievement;
10 percent character;
40 percent 4-H project involvement including Citizenship/Community Service and Leadership; and
10 percent financial need.
To learn more contact your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. For a complete listing, visit iGrow.org.