Merrick County 4-H Resources

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4-H Project Opportunities

Are you wanting to select a 4-H project, but don't know where to start?  Check out the following project guides:

In addition, there are project manuals available for almost every 4-H project.  (Available project manuals are listed in the Pick Your Project above.)  These written manuals provide hands-on lessons & ideas to help youth acquire new skills and knowledge.  The manuals are not required, but can be very helpful.  Manuals are available at the Extension office or free or purchased directly through the following websites:

For more information, access to monthly 4-H newsletters, scholarships & much more, check out our 4-H member resources page!

If you have questions, please call the Merrick County Extension office at (308) 946-3843.  We are here to help!

Achievement Application, Awards & Scholarship Information

Achievement Applications need to be filled out and received by 5 p.m. October 3 to receive premiums earned by 4-H youth at the 2022 Merrick County Fair. They may be dropped off or emailed to Merrick@unl.edu.

Clover Kids Record Book (Editable or Printable)

Achievement Applications:

Junior Level, ages 8-14 (PDF) or Google Form

Directions: Please fill out the cover page and then describe your experience and learning in the following areas: Leadership Experiences, Community Involvement/Service Learning Experiences, and Career Spark with a maximum of 3 pages. Please use headings to separate your responses. Creativity is encouraged, use bullet lists, photos, infographics, etc. to help tell your 4-H story.  More detailed directions are included in the document.

Senior Level, ages 15-18 County Only (PDF) or Google Form

Directions: Please fill out the cover page and then describe your experience and learning in the following areas: Leadership Experiences, Community Involvement/Service Learning Experiences, and Career Spark with a maximum of 3 pages. Please use headings to separate your responses. Creativity is encouraged, use bullet lists, photos, infographics, etc. to help tell your 4-H story.  More detailed directions are included in the document.

Senior Level, ages 15-18 This application can be used for County and State level awards. Detailed directions are included in the document.

4-H Council Scholarship Applicant must be a Merrick County 4-H member and a high school senior to apply.

4-H Dan and Susan Monaghan Scholarship Applicant must be a Merrick County 4-H member and a high school senior to apply.

4-H Ambassadors Application (google form)

4-H Ambassadors Application (pdf)

  • Open to all youth 4-H age 15 –18 (as of January 1, 2023) who are currently enrolled in the Merrick County 4-H Program and have been a 4-H member in good standing in the previous 4-H year.
  • Ambassador alums are welcome to continue to work with teams throughout their 4-H career.

2022 County Awards (google forms)

2022 County Awards (pdf)

  • Applicant must complete this application and be enrolled in a project for at least two (2) years before applying for an award, to show growth in that project.
  • Add a paragraph to the end of your Achievement Application for each award you apply for, one paragraph per page please.
  • You may apply for more than one award.
  • Once you have received an award for an area, you may not receive it again.

4-H Diamond Clover Award

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of programs, projects, and activities that will enable youth to acquire skills and abilities that will prepare them for success in the future. The program is designed to reach and recognize all youth engaged in 4-H, from club members and campers to school enrichment, afterschool, and special interest program participants. 

The program consists of six levels that require a young person to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. For each level, the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H youth choose their goals. The accomplishments increase in quantity and difficulty for each level. At the beginning of the 4-H year, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Diamond Clover program.