Communications, Awards, & Scholarships


Richardson County 4-H Newsletter

The Richardson County 4-H Newsletter is an excellent resource to find information about 4-H news, upcoming programs/workshops, important deadlines, etc. It is printed six times a year (bimonthly). If you would like to be put on the mailing list contact the Nebraska Extension Office at 402-245-4324 or email We can email or mail the newsletter to you.



Diamond Clover Award - Due January 15

We are excited to offer the Diamond Clover Program in Richardson County as an incentive to 4-H'ers that are actively involved in their clubs and in their community.  The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens.

The program's overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience.  To learn more about the program visit the Nebraska Diamond Clover Program.

Above & Beyond Award - Due January 15

The Above & Beyond Award is given to youth who have completed their Above & Beyond point sheet and have reached the threshold of the Above Award recognition or the Beyond Award Recognition.  This program was designed to enable youth to be recognized for providing outstanding contributions to the 4-H program in Richardson County.

2017 Above & Beyond Points will come from events attended from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 and will be awarded at the Junior Fair Awards Program in July 2018.

Governor's Agriculture Excellence Award - Due March 3

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA,) recognizes 4-H clubs for the work of the individuals in the club and the community service work of the entire club. The intent is to increase 4-Hers’ awareness of agricultural careers and entice some of them toward such careers. Recognition is in the form of $500 checks issued to the club’s treasury to be used as described in the award application form completed by the club. 

Career Portfolio Award - Due October 1

The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio is the annual record-keeping system used by Nebraska 4-H youth; it is a composite of all 4-H and non 4-H projects/activities throughout the individual's 4-H career.  For more information visit the State 4-H website.



Nebraska 4-H Scholarship - Due March 15

Applications for Nebraska 4-H Scholarships will be submitted to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation.


    • Must be a current high school senior, graduating spring of the current year, and attending college in the fall of the current year (unless specified by indiviual scholarship guidelines).
    • Must have completed (1) year of 4-H, and be current 4-H member (unless otherwise stated).
    • Must be in good scholastic standing (minimum of 'C' average).  Scholarships will be awarded after the successful completion of the first college semester.  Recipient must provide a copy of first semester grades (with at least a 'C' average) to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation before scholarship is issued.

Other eligibility requirements vary by scholarship.  To view information and requirements or download applications visit  Completed applications must be received by March 1, current year.

Youth Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship - Due April 15 and October 1

The Richardson County 4-H Council is making available 10 Youth 4-H Booster Scholarships with the possible maximum amounts of $100 each.  Money will be awarded after successful attendance at the event(s).  Award recipients will write a brief summary or verbally report to the 4-H Council following the event(s).  Award recipients will submit an itemized list of expenses (i.e. entry fee, mileage, etc.) so that the exact scholarship amount can be determined.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded to a single applicant for multiple events.  (Please apply on separate forms.)  The event(s) must be held away from Richardson County.  The event(s) must be 4-H sanctioned or sponsored by 4-H.  Priority will be given to those going to non-Richardson County sponsored events.  The Youth Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship application is due April 15, current year.  Any money remaining after April 15 will be carried onto another deadline of October 1, current year.

Adult Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship - Due April 15

The Adult Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship is to be used for leadership or volunteer training (this includes Shooting Sports Certification Workshops).  Scholarships will be awarded accordingly: Up to 3 scholarships at $60 each or 2 scholarships at $90 each, or 1 scholarship at $100.  Scholarship recipients will write a brief summary to the Secretary of the 4-H Council or verbally report their experience to the 4-H Council at a scheduled meeting.  The Adult Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship application is due April 15, current year.

Patsy L. Karas Memorial Scholarship - Due April 15

The Richardson County 4-H Council annually makes available a $100 award on behalf of the family of the late Patsy L. Karas.  A memorial 4-H scholarship established in her name is available to graduating high school seniors who are current 4-H members.  The Patsy L. Karas 4-H Memorial Scholarship application is due April 15, current year.

Project Assistance Scholarship - Due May 1

The Richardson County 4-H and Extension Foundation is making available six, $50 scholarships for 4-H'ers, ages 8-18 years, to assist with costs associated with making projects and/or participating in project areas.

    • Limit one scholarship per exhibitor.
    • Scholarship recipients will be notified on or before June 1 of the current year.
    • In order to receive funds, projects must be successfully exhibited at the current year's Richardson County Junior Fair.  Funds will be mailed after completion of the Junior Fair.
    • The Project Assistance Application is due on or before May 1.
Jean I. Nutzman 4-H Memorial Scholarship - Due July 1

The Jean I. Nutzman 4-H Memorial Award is to recognize excellence in the Family & Consumer Science Projects as a member of Richardson County 4-H.  One $50 prize is awarded for grades 7-8 and one $50 prize is awarded for grades 9-11.  Applicants must write an essay between 200-300 words about their experiences in the Family and Consumer Sciences area.  Also, one record book in a Family and Consumer Science project needs to be completed to show what has been learned in the project.  The Jean I. Nutzman 4-H Memorial Scholarship application is due July 1, current year.

Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship - Due December 1

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.  The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January.  The Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship application is due to the Extension Office on December 1, of the current year.

Orscheln Industries Scholarship

Orscheln Industries offers $1000 4-H & FFA scholarships annually to graduating seniors in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Indiana.  Recipients must be U.S. citizens and residents of the state offering the scholarship.  Preference will be given to applicants who live in the areas served by Orscheln Farm and Home stores.  Recipients must have been members of 4-H or FFA during the four years prior to graduating high school.  Recipients must exhibit leadership potential, possess good character/moral traits and be recognized for good scholastics.  Recipients may be male or female, city or urban.  Click here for more information.