2020 Scholarship Applications are being accepted:  

December 1, 2019-March 16, 2020 (5 pm)

Over $15,000 will be awarded to support higher learning for accomplished 4-H youth.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $15,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin students pursuing higher education in 2020.  To be considered for financial support, applications must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation via email by Monday, March 16, 2020, 5:00 pm.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth, development and leadership, academic performance and future educational goals.

To be eligible for Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships students must have been a Wisconsin 4-H member for at least three years; have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be enrolled or planning to enroll at a university, college or technical school during the 2020-2021 academic school year.  Scholarship winners from previous years are not eligible to receive a second 4-H Foundation scholarship.

All applications must adhere to the conventions outlined below.  Any application that does not meet these requirements (including all document names) will not be considered.  All documents must be sent as PDFs (preferred) or Word Docs as attachments to one email.  Any other cloud/internet shared documents will be NOT be accepted (do NOT use Google Docs, for example).

The application materials represent what youth may be asked to submit when applying for jobs. We encourage applicants to treat this process as if applying for a position. For help with creating cover letters and résumés, applicants should reach out to their club leaders, county educator or a teacher or parent.


Applications must be emailed to  Applications must consist of:

  1. Cover Letter and Résumé
  • This is ONE, two-paged document: page 1 is the cover letter; page 2 is the résumé
  • Applicant’s name and contact information (including county where the applicant is/was a 4-Her) must be at the top of each page
  • Each document is not to exceed one page
  • No less than 3/4–inch margins and using type no smaller than 10 points
  • Suggested résumé headings include: Career Goals, School Experience, Work Experience, 4-H Experience, Leadership Experience, Activities Outside of 4-H
  • Include probable school choice and major on your résumé
  • Résumés must be submitted as a PDF (preferred) or Word Doc, and must be named Applicant Last Name Application 2020 (example: Smith Application 2020) and attached to the email.
  1. List of 4-H projects in which the applicant participated
  • Applicant’s name and contact information (including county where the applicant is/was a 4-Her) at the top of the page
  • Not to exceed one page
  • No less than 3/4–inch margins and using type no smaller than 10 points
  • The project list should be in order of importance to the 4-Her, with the most important projects at the top of the list. This does not need to be a complete list of every project ever taken by the 4-Her.  Do not include any project descriptions or explanation.
  • Project list must be submitted as a PDF (preferred) or Word Doc, and must be named Applicant Last Name Project List (example: Smith Project List) and attached to the email.
  1. One recent photo of the applicant preferably at a 4-H event or working on a 4-H project
  • Photo must be 5” x 7” or less and may be snapshots or professional photos
  • Photo should be clear and, while other people may be in the photo, the applicant must be prominent (if other people are in the photo, please indicate who is the applicant)
  • Photo must be submitted electronically and titled Applicant Last Name Photo (example: Smith Photo) and attached to the email.
  • Photo may be used for promotional purposes

Résumés and cover letters with extreme quantities of text will be disqualified – documents with the most words will not receive preference.

Résumé/cover letter, project list and one photo must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation via a single email on or before March 16, 2020, 5:00 pm.  Applications received after 5:00 pm, March 16, 2020 (as time stamped in the email), and any USPS mailed applications will not be considered.  Apply early to avoid any confusion.

Selection Process

A panel of experienced youth educators will screen the applications and select finalists.  Applications chosen as finalists will be screened by a second panel comprised of 4-H and youth development experts.  The finalist applications will be ranked.  The 4-H Foundation will assign available scholarships to the top-ranking applications based on scholarship criteria (example: scholarships are available for specific geographical areas and project areas).


Applicants who are awarded scholarships will be notified by postal letter and email in May.  This letter will include information about how to access the scholarship.  Scholarship awardees are required to send a thank-you note to the scholarship sponsor.  Scholarship recipients and portions of their application materials (including their photo) may be featured in Wisconsin 4-H Foundation materials.

Questions? Call or email the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation:

608.262.1597 or


2019 Scholarship Recipients

Francis and Phyllis Conrad Memorial Scholarship (2 awarded)

Jacob Schurtz of Emerald, St. Croix County

Amannda Szomi of Medford, Taylor County

Oscar G. and Mary M. Woelfel  Memorial Scholarship (5 awarded)

Katie Baker of Franksville, Racine County

Gaelan Combs of Verona, Dane County

Brianna Jones of Big Bend, Waukesha County

Hannah Schleicher of Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County

Abigail Solum of Rice Lake, Barron County

T. L. Bewick Scholarship (5 awarded)

Paige Betthauser of Caledonia, Racine County

Jordan Blue of Baraboo, Sauk County

Holly Groell of Osseo, Eau Claire County

Alexandra Koon of Winneconne, Winnebago County

Catherine Stewart of Prescott, Pierce County

Harold and Irene Hendrickson Scholarship (1 awarded)

Hannah Wilson of Beloit, Rock County

Elizabeth Salter-Eby Memorial Scholarship (1 awarded)

Mikayla Fechner of LaCrosse, LaCrosse County

Culver’s 4-H Scholarship Award (2 awarded)

Abby Ruplinger of Mount Calvary, Fond du Lac County

Erin Beck of Boscobel, Grant County

Betty Krueger Memorial Scholarship (1 awarded)

Natalie Rodgers of Sun Prairie, Dane County


Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation, Inc.
The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1597

Contributions to the Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation

Contributions to the Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation are used to assist the organization in their mission to provide resources to the Wisconsin 4‑H program.

Contributions are made with the understanding that the Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation has complete control and administration over the use of the donated funds.

The Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Federal tax identification number is 39-0914868.

Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation Statement of Nondiscrimination

The Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation is committed to, and morally bound to, a policy of nondiscrimination in regard to race, veteran status, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender, or sexual orientation as applicable to persons served by it, to staff employment, and to membership on its governing board.

As an organization and as individuals, we take the opportunity to learn and benefit from the divergent perspectives, backgrounds, and abilities each individual brings to the pursuit of our common mission.