Holt/Boyd County 4-H Scholarships for College Bound Students

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Various Due Dates 

  • UNL Scholarship Listing
    Go to https://financialaid.unl.edu/scholarships.shtml for many UNL scholarships. Applications and due dates vary for each scholarship.
    Private Scholarships and Other Scholarship Resources can be found at http://www.unl.edu/scholfa/other_scholarships.shtml
  • Farm Credit Services of America Community College and Technical Institutes Scholarships
    Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) offers annual scholarships to outstanding students at community colleges and technical institutes in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. FCSAmerica provides two $1,000 scholarships at participating colleges for full time sophomore students pursuing a degree in agriculture. Application deadlines and processes vary by college. For a list of colleges that offer the FCSAmerica $1,000 scholarships, detailed application instructions and deadline information.
  • Knights Of Aksarben Scholarships
    Knights of Aksarben Scholarships are available at https://www.aksarben.org/scholarships/
    • Aksarben/Horatio Alger State Scholarships
      The Aksarben Foundation partners with the Horatio Alger Association to award four-year scholarships each year to Nebraska and western Iowa students who have overcome great personal adversity and need financial assistance to earn a college degree. The awards are payable over four years and are matched by local colleges and universities, including the University of Nebraska, Creighton University, College of Saint Mary's, Bellevue University and Metropolitan Community College. Applications are open August 1st through October 31.
    • Aksarben Ag Leaders Scholarships
      The Aksarben Ag Leaders Scholarship is for 4-H Exhibitors who have exhibited in the Aksarben Stock Show for three or more years but have 
      never received an Aksarben Purple Ribbon Scholarship. Up to $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded annually to up to 50 eligible high school seniors. Applications deadline is December 31
      For more information or eligibility requirements please contact Jack Round at roundj@aksarben.org or call 402-554-9600 ext. 111. 
    • International Study Stipends
      Development of international experience and knowledge is highly recommended for the next generation of entrepreneurs in agriculture. To encourage undergraduate students to pursue these opportunities, the Engler program provides international scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 to successful applicants. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
      • Declared minor in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
      • Sophomore status or higher at the time of the international experience.
      • Program must be officially recognized as a study abroad or international study tour by the University of Nebraska and the Director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
      • Students may only receive Engler financial assistance for one international experience.
      • Deadlines ‘October 15 for international experiences occurring in the spring semester; March 15 for experiences occurring during the summer session; and June 1 for experiences occurring in the fall semester. Complete this application.
  • UNL Animal Science Scholarships
    The Animal Science Department offers scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students, as well as students at the sophomore, junior and senior level within the UNL Animal Science Program.  More than $90,000 is awarded annually to more than 100 students. The criteria, qualifications and application process varies according to the scholarship - https://animalscience.unl.edu/scholarships-and-financial-aid .
    • Freshman Scholarships - University of Nebraska - Lincoln Animal Science Freshman Scholarships are awarded to incoming students.  Scholastic performance and extracurricular activities in high school, especially those relative to animal science, are taken into consideration. Award recipients are selected during the spring of their senior year in high school and recieve the scholarship during their freshman year at the University.  Applications are due February 15 for current high school seniors. Questions about these scholarships should be directed to Dr. Dennis Brink.
    • Transfer Scholarships - University of Nebraska - Lincoln Animal Science Transfer Scholarships are provided through funds from Nebraska Cattlemen and other sources.  These scholarships are awarded to incoming transfer students from other schools and universities.  Applications are due April 1 for students starting in the fall semester.  Students transferring from another department or college within University of Nebraska - Lincoln are not eligible for these scholarships. Questions about these scholarships should be directed to Dr. Dennis Brink.
    • Upperclassmen Scholarships - University of Nebraska - Lincoln Animal Science Upperclass Scholarships are awarded to current students majoring in Animal Science for their outstanding scholastic achievements.  The application form is available in PDF. Completed applications are due in the departmental office, C203 ANSC, by April 2. Questions about these scholarships should be directed to Dr. Dennis Brink.
    • Feedlot Managemant Scholarships - Feedlot Management Scholarships are available to University of Nebraska - Lincoln Animal Science , Diversifited Ag, or Agribusiness majors.  They are also available to incoming student from the Nebraska College of Tech Ag, two-year schools, other four-year schools, and secondary schools.   Applications are due April 1. Go to the Feedlot Managment Program Web Page for the scholarship applications. Questions about these scholarships should be directed to Dr. Galen Erickson.
    • Animal Science Ambassador Award -  Students majoring in Animal Science are selected through an application process to assist with student recruitment, to generate an awareness about careers in the animal sciences, and to promote the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Animal Science Department. Ambassadors are awarded scholarships for their efforts on behalf of the Department. Follow the link to the Animal Science Ambassadors page for more information about the ambassador program and for a downloadable application. Questions about this award should be directedto Dr. Brett White

January Scholarships

  • Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program
    Are you a student who would like to own his/her own business someday? Did you complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) in FFA or a 4-H project inspire thoughts of expanding it into a business? If yes, then you need to learn more about the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. The program supports and encourages entrepreneurship among CASNR students. There are also scholarship opportunities available as a part of this program. The maximum value of the scholarships is $8,000 per year/per student. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as a 3.0 GPA is maintained. Program Requirements:
    • Must be an admitted/current student in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
    • Incoming freshman who would like to apply to the program need to apply by early January.
    • For more information, visit https://engler.unl.edu/scholarships#engler. Must enroll in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
  • Robin Coulter Lapaseotes Memorial Scholarship
    In honor of the memory of  Robin Coulter Lapaseotes, $6,000.00 scholarships will be awarded annually to two students who meet the same criteria as the Engler Scholarship, with the additional requirement of having completed at least one year of study at UNL. Additionally, successful applicants will have demonstrated a deep commitment and capacity to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture upon graduation. Eligibility:
    • Undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources who have declared a minor in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
    • Demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship, have experience in business enterprises as an employee, owner, family member, FFA SAE project, or any number of other avenues that have stoked the fire in your belly for free enterprise.
    • Strong work ethic, accountability, risk taking, self-starting, creativity, innovation, results oriented, teamwork, tenacity, competitive drive, and resilience.
    • Complete the online application and submit to us by early January.
  • National Wild Turkey Federation Dr. James Earl Kennamer Scholarship
    The National Wild Turkey Federation has a college scholarship program for high school seniors. There are scholarships available at the local chapter level ($250) and these winners become the applicants for the state level scholarship ($1000). The state winners are then competing for the national scholarship which is worth $10,000. The application can be down loaded by going to:  https://www.nwtf.org/resource-library/detail/scholarship-application. Applicants for the scholarship must be members of the NWTF. The deadline for application is January 1.

    FYI: The NWTF also partners with Future Farmers of America to provide scholarships: The NWTF provides a $5,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in wildlife management or agriculture. The scholarship fund is administered through the National Future Farmers of America Foundation. For more information, see your FFA advisor.

February Scholarships

  • Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship
    The Susan T. Buffett Foundation has offered scholarships to college students in Nebraska for over 60 years. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time, entering freshmen who are residents of Nebraska, graduates of a Nebraska high school with plans to attend a Nebraska public college, and who have demonstrated financial need. There are a limited number of scholarships, so the Foundation is unable to provide awards to all eligible candidates. To learn more about eligibility https://buffettscholarships.org/eligibility-selection . Applications are available online on November 1. All of the application materials are due on February 1. 
  • Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association Scholarship
    The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association announces their annual $400 scholarship to a graduating high school senior or to a student currently enrolled in post-high school education. To qualify, the student must plan to pursue a course of study in preparation for a career in agriculture or an ag-related field. If the applicant is currently enrolled in college, his/her studies must be ag-oriented. The applicant's parents or guardian must be a member of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association.  The application deadline is February 1. Application forms are currently available and can be obtained by contacting the NeGSPA office at P.O. Box 94982, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509; 402/471-3552. Email: sorghum.board@nebraska.gov. For More Information - News Release 
  • AgriSolutions™ And CROPLAN GENETICS® Brands Careers In Agriculture Scholarship
    The Careers in Agriculture scholarship program, sponsored by the AgriSolutions™ and CROPLAN GENETICS® brands, annually awards $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors and 10 college students interested in agriculture-related studies. Candidates should be students pursuing a two or four year degree in agronomy or related crop production, or closely related fields. Go to https://www.winfieldunited.com/News/WinField-United-Offers-$1,000-Scholarships-to-20-Students-Pursuing-Agriculture-Related-Degrees/384 for the scholarship form. Applications must be postmarked by early February.
  • Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Youth Scholarships
    The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation (NCF) offers scholarships to qualified youth in Nebraska who have an interest in the beef industry.  The Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarship awards a $10,000 scholarship to an outstanding college junior, senior or graduate-level student. Eligible students must be residents of Nebraska and be enrolled in a Nebraska college or university pursuing a beef industry-related degree. The scholarship will be awarded based on student need, Nebraska beef industry involvement (past achievements and future plans) and academics.  Beef State Scholarship Application Deadline is February 14.  

March Scholarships

  • Farm Credit Services of America Land Grant Scholarships
    Farm Credit Services of America offers annual scholarships  of $2,500 each to outstanding students who are enrolled as a college junior or senior enrolled in the College of Agriculture or College of Business at land grant universities in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Application is due March 1 for UNL. The other colleges have different due dates.
  • 4-H Foundation Scholarships
    The following applications can be found on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation Webpage
    • Donna Wampler Endowed Scholarship (due March 2)
    • Orscheln Industries Foundation Scholarship (due March 2)
    • Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply (due March 2)
    • The 4-H Legacy Scholarship (due March 2)
    • Rose and Guy Richard McDonald Scholarship (due March 2)
    • Horse Scholarship — Grand Island Saddle Club (due March 2)
    • Horse Scholarship — R.B. Warren 4-H Horse Educational Scholarship (due March 2)

      All Scholarship applications must be received  via email to: NE4HFoundation@unl.edu or mailed to: Nebraska 4-H Foundation, PO Box 830719, Lincoln NE 68583-0719. E-Mailed applications are preferred but mailed applications will be accepted. For guidelines and more information, please visit  scholarship guidelines and scholarship application (pdf)  or scholarship application (doc).
  • Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards
    The Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) will award One $1000 scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) for an incoming student (freshmen or transfer student) AND One $1000 scholarship for a current student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in CASNR or CEHS. The deadline for returning this NACEB Scholarship application to Tiffany Heng-Moss at CASNR is mid March. For more information - https://naceb.org/awards-and-scholarships/
  • SDSU FarmHouse Incoming Students' Scholarship
    FarmHouse fraternity was created 1905 with the goal of building men. FarmHouse promotes the growth and welfare of our members through the four pillars that focus on intellectual, social/moral, spiritual and physical development. SDSU FarmHouse chapter is known for its willingness to give and is excited to be able to help high school seniors. Applications are due at midnight March 8, 2020 to sdsufarmhouse@gmail.com. The amount of this scholarship is $500.
    SDSU FarmHouse Incoming Students' Scholarship Application
  • Jarvis Memorial Scholarship
    The intent of the Jarvis Memorial Scholarship is to assist women who live 3 or more hours drive from Lincoln but wish to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Applicant must reside in Love Memorial Cooperative Residence Hall on East Campus. Application deadline March 15. 
    Jarvis Application
  • Nebraska Independent Fabric Shops Scholarship
    The NIFS organization offers up to (2) $500 scholarships per year. Any student pursuing a higher education (interested in pursuing a career in family and consumer sciences, textiles and design, quilt or museum studies or a related field of interest) in the state of Nebraska is encouraged to apply for one of these scholarships. An downloadable application form is available at http://www.fabricsandquilts.com/Data/Sites/1/userfiles/download-docs/nifs-scholarship-application.pdf. Application is due March 31.
  • Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Youth Scholarships
    Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Scholarships. Numerous other scholarships with a $1,000 minimum, awarded on the basis of academic achievement, beef industry involvement and goals/quality of application from memorial funds Scholarship Application Deadline March 16.
  • Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA) - Deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020
    The Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA) scholarship program was created by the Myron "Ted" Asplin Family to benefit the future of agriculture by supporting and encouraging the education of future ag professionals. Ten $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students studying in the field of agriculture. Both high school seniors and active college students majoring in Agriculture are encouraged to apply. Applications are March 31. For more detailed information go to: https://ipseed.org/ipsa-affairs/scholarships

April Scholarships

  • Daisy Scholarship
    Daisy Outdoor Products has a 4-H scholarship. The scholarship application and guidelines are available on the National 4-H Shooting Sports website. Applications are due April 1. This $500 scholarship is open for high school juniors and seniors would be payable to any two-year or four-year accredited Jr. College, College or University. The essay topic is "How participation in the 4-H Shooting Sports better prepared them for college and for life." Go to: National 4-H Shooting Sportsand then to Just for Youth

  • Sorghum Foundation Scholarship
    The National Sorghum Foundation was established in an effort to aid and promote higher education in agriculture, and more specifically, to promote the study of sorghum and its impact on agriculture.The foundation now offers various scholarships. For more information visit the National Sorghum Producers Foundation web page for additional information and applications.
    • Bruce Maunder Sorghum Leadership Scholarship
    • Darrell Rosenow Memorial Scholarship
    • National Sorghum Foundation-BASF Joint Scholarship
    • Sorghum Feed and Food Scholarship
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau
    Holt County two awards for $500 each to students in Holt County that are members of Holt County Farm Bureau.  Contact Katie Olson at 402-340-5603, PO Box 733, O'Neill, NE 68763 or katolson08@yahoo.com.  Aplications are due April 1.  Other scholarships are available, some are due earlier. 
    • Charles Marshall Loan Fund
    • Collegiate Farm Bureau Scholarship - due 3/31
    • County Farm Bureau Scholarships (find Holt County)
    • Keith R Olsen Agricultural Policy Intership Award
    • Kenneth E Schwartz Memorial Farm Bureau Fund
    • LEAD Scholarship
    • Nebraska Agricultural Education Student Teacher Scholarship Program
    • Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation Scholarship in Honor of Max & Eric Brown
    • Ron Hanson Collegiate Leader Scholarship
    • Student Project Grant

October Scholarships

  • Horatio Alger Scholarship
    The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation has partnered with the Horatio Alger Association to award 50 ($5,000) scholarships to students from Nebraska and Western Iowa. Application deadline is October 30. For more information about this scholarship visit https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/
  • Northern Plains Sustainable Agricultural Society Scholarship
    NPSAS has broadened the requirements for the college scholarship criteria. The scholarship fund was established to support the training of the next generation of sustainable/organic-minded youth. The goal is to increase the number and diversity of individuals that aim to improve human health and environmental quality and/or the sustainability of their community. At least one award of $1,000 will be distributed annually. This is a one-time award per applicant.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The parents/guardians and/or applicant must be current members of NPSAS.
  2. Applicant must be at least a first-year student at a college or technical school with proof of acceptance to an accredited post secondary educational program. The award is open to students pursuing any level of degree or certificate from Associates to PhD.
  3. The Scholarship Selection Committee reserves the right to review and select other candidate(s) who may not meet all of the aforementioned guidelines but who would fulfill other needs in a sustainable society.

The application must be postmarked by November 15. Please visit www.npsas.org for an application form and complete list of details.  https://www.npsas.org/resources/scholarships/

November Scholarships

  • Martha And Don Romeo Scholarship Fund
    The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education. Each county in Nebraska is allowed to send in one male and one female application. Please return application, essay, and letters of recommendation to the Nebraska Extension Office in your county by November 30.Application in fillable pdf format: Martha And Don Romeo Scholarship Application

December Scholarships

  • Nebraska Chapter of The Soil And Water Conservation Society and Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Foundation Scholarships
    The Nebraska Chapter of The Soil And Water Conservation Society and Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Foundation has five scholarships in the amount of $750 to $1,000 (including the Tina Carlson – Lorentzen Family Memorial Scholarship and the David Langemeier Memorial Scholarship) to award to students looking to make a career in natural resources, environment, water quality, ag engineering, and related sciences. Mail one copy of all materials by December 1 to: Paul D. Smith, 1024 Dale Drive, Lincoln, NE 68510 - Telephone: 402-483-1031.   NSWF Scholarship Application

National Wild Turkey Federation/FFA Scholarship
The National Wild Turkey Federation also partners with Future Farmers of America to provide scholarships: The NWTF provides a $5,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a wildlife management or agriculture degree. The scholarship fund is administered through the National Future Farmers of America Foundation. For more information, see your FFA advisor.