Cherry County 4-H Resources

Summer Workshop Guide - Sign up by May 15!

It's time to let us know what workshops you would like to attend.  Check everything you are interested in on this form and return it to the Extension Office by May 15, OR e-mail to  Based on your feedback, we will finalize the summer schedule by May 17 and will send out more detailed information.  No fees need to be paid at this time unless required by one of our partner groups.  


Cherry County Club Grant

The Cherry County 4-H Council seeks to promote and support positive youth development experiences for youth in Cherry County.  4-H Clubs in good standing may apply for funds to assist with club projects and club expenses that carry out the 4-H mission.  These applications are due May 1, 2024.

Cherry County Youth Project Grant

4-H members in good standing with their club and the county may apply for a grant to fund a 4-H project. This grant is provided as 4-H project assistance to Cherry County 4-Hers, ages 8-18 years old. Funds should be applied for the current 4-H year. The application is due May 1, 2024. 

Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant

The Cherry County 4-H Foundation meeting is scheduled for April 8th at 5:00 pm CST at the Extension Office. Applications for the Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant are DUE BY NOON on APRIL 8th, 2024!  If your creative juices are flowing and you have a project in mind to "Make the Best Better" in 2024 consider applying for a Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant! The form is currently available by clicking here. The Foundation typically meets and awards grants annually in April, but additional meetings can be called if inspiration strikes! Examples of recent projects supported by this grant are: 

  • 3-D Archery Targets & Bows
  • Trap Thrower and Accessories
  • Robotics Equipment Upgrade
  • Horse Clinic Support
  • Dog Agility Equipment
  • Quilts of Valor Material & Supplies

The purpose of the 4-H Foundation is to act as an integral support system for 4-H programs and the youth in Cherry County.  The goal of the foundation is to develop leadership and stimulate interest in lifelong learning while encouraging the betterment of Cherry County and its communities. Funds generated by the Cherry County 4-H Foundation are to be used for adult and youth training, program development, and acquisition of equipment to benefit 4-H and youth.

Area Events

2024 Chemigation Training

2024 Pesticide Training

2024 Tractor Safety Training

Tractor and farm equipment safety courses are now open for registration!
Teens 14 and 15 years of age who work on farms or others who are interested in learning about tractor and farm equipment safety practices can register for a safety training course offered at seven locations across Nebraska from May 21st through June 13th. Learn more here.

Achievement Applications 

 Applications are due Sept. 15, 2024. We are now shifting gears into our transition time of year. Youth are encouraged to record and reflect upon their learning through an Achievement Application. (formerly known as record book) and submit it for several awards. The deadline for those will be September 15 so they can be judged in time for the Achievement Celebration.  Top Achievement Applications in each age group receive $100  and you can win up to two project pins each year. There are also special awards for outstanding community service and leadership.   To learn more and download the template, visit Cherry County 4-H Resources / Nebraska Extension (   Nebraska Junior Achievement Application for ages 8-14 yrs old.    For ages, 15-18 yrs  old the Nebraska Senior Achievement Application

Pre-Fair Events

Communications & Expressive Arts Contest 2024

This contest will be held on February 23rd, 2024, at 5:00 pm CST at the Valentine United Methodist Church. The entry forms will be due on February 16th, 2024. The CEA entry form can be found here. Entries can be taken over the phone by calling the Extension office at 402-376-1850.

The rules and guidelines can be reviewed here. Please read carefully. 

Basic Steps to Writing a Speech

4-H College Scholarship Opportunities
Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center Student Scholarship

Three scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded.

 To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have attended high school in the Panhandle of Nebraska in one of the following counties:
    • Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Cherry, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, and Thomas
  • Be attending any of the Nebraska University Campuses, including Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Majoring in Agronomy, Ag Economics, Animal Science, Vet Science, Agriculture Technology, or a related degree emphasizing agriculture.
  • Be a graduating high school senior or in the first or second year of study.
  • Applications are available at

 Please use the Qualtrics Link to Apply

 Applications close at midnight MST, April 1, 2024.

 If there are questions, please contact Deidra McCarthy at or at (308-632-1255)

 2024 4S Goat Expo Scholarshi 
  • Open to eligible High School Seniors or those who have received their GED or college freshmen. Must also have been active in the goat industry and have been active in 4-H or FFA.  The registration form can be found here. 

  • Application due by May 31, 2024, mailed to the 4S Goat Expo, P.O. Box 1066, Chadron, NE 69337.  Can also be emailed to

Jarvis Memorial Scholarship for Fall 2024/ Spring 2025

  • Open to eligible 4-H High School Senior Females 
  • Application due by March 15, 2024

Cherry County 4-H Council Scholarships

  • Open to all high school seniors and college students
  • Applications due March 31, 2024, to the Cherry County Extension Office

Kerry Bryant Memorial Scholarship

  • Open to all high school Seniors
  • Applications due March 31, 2024, to the Cherry County Extension Office