Scholarship opportunities abound for 4-H members

By Chrissy Karrer | Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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One of the big draws to being a 4-H member is the scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. In the past, several local 4-H members have taken home large scholarships, some up to $18,000, due to their involvement in 4-H and their community.

We are proud to offer information about several scholarships on the local level, as well as some district and state scholarships.

If you need assistance filling out scholarship applications, notify me or Extension Agent Tanya Davis. While we can help you complete the forms, it’s up to you to pick up an application from our office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur and make sure you have the correct due date.

Wise County Youth Fair (WCYF) Scholarship Award (Local)

  • Actively involved in the WCYF during high school years
  • $1,000
  • Postmarked by Feb. 22

Jim Frank Hornback Memorial Agricultural Scholarship (Local)

  • Agriculture majors
  • $1,800 split between fall and spring semesters
  • Due April 19 at the Extension Office

TEEA Scholarship (Local)

  • Actively participated in 4-H for at least three years
  • Minimum GPA of B- over last three-and-a-half years of high school
  • Accompanied with record book
  • Due Feb. 15 at the Extension office

Wise Electric Scholarship (Local)

  • Parents or guardians must be members of Wise Electric Cooperative Inc.
  • $1,000 split between fall and spring semesters
  • Due April 5

Thelma Wirges Scholarship (District)

  • Open to 4-H members that excelled in Family and Consumer Sciences projects and in Family and Consumer Sciences leadership.
  • Participated in at least three years of 4-H club work in District 3
  • Overall high school average grade of “85” or above
  • $1,000 split between fall and spring semesters
  • Due April 19 to the Extension Office

4-H Opportunity Scholarship (State)

Information about the 4-H Opportunity Scholarship was sent out in December. It is open to all graduating seniors that have participated in the Texas 4-H program.

  • Open to four-year and two-year universities/colleges/technical colleges
  • Range from $1,000 to $18,000
  • Due Jan. 25 (We would like to have them emailed by Jan.17 to do a review before it is sent to district.

Chrissy Karrer is a Wise County Extension agent.

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