Communications, Awards, & Scholarships

Communications

Richardson County 4-H Newsletter

The Richardson County 4-H Newsletter is an excellent resource for the latest 4-H news, information on upcoming programs/workshops, important deadlines, etc. The newsletter is printed six times a year (bi-monthly) and is distributed to recipients via mail or email.

Feature Five

Feature Five is a news brief which is emailed periodically via Smore. The Feature Five highlights the need-to-know information for our 4-H families.  

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Awards

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 awarded 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.  Above & Beyond Points will come from events attended from January 1 through December 31 and will be awarded at the Junior Fair Awards Program the following July. Applications are due January 15 and may be found in Box on this page. 

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 them towards such careers. Recognition is in the form of a $500 check issued to the club’s treasury to be used as described in the award application form completed by the club. Applications are available at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.

Achievement Application - Due October 1

The Nebraska 4-H Annual Achievement Application has replaced the Career Portfolio. The Achievement Application closely resembles questions asked on college applications and information included on resumes, better preparing 4-H'ers for college and career readiness while keeping record of their achievements. All 4-H participants are encouraged to complete this application for acknowledgement of their achievements.   For more information visit the State 4-H website.

Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska 4-H Ambassadors recognize a Nebraska 4-H clubs each month. Any 4-H club may nominate themselves to be the Club of the Month. Nominations are due the second Friday of the month. The club who is chosen to be Club of the Month will receive a $50 cash card from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and their story will be showcased on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Facebook, Twitter, and website along with the State 4-H website and Facebook and in their local newspaper. Applications are available at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.

                                                                                                                                                                         

Scholarships

Scholarships available through the Nebraska 4-H Foundation - Due January 15

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides 4-H members the opportunity to apply for scholarships. All scholarship applications must be submitted via the Annual Achievement Application. For a listing of available scholarships and application guidelines visit http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/

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

The Richardson County 4-H Council will accept applications from youth for assistance attending 4-H sanctioned or 4-H sponsored events. Priority will be given to those going to non-Richardson County sponsored events. Money will be awarded after successful attendance of the event. Award recipients will write a brief summary or verbally report to the Council on their experience. A list of itemized expenses (i.e. entry fee, mileage, etc.) will be required to determine the exact scholarship amount. Up to 10 scholarships with a possible maximum of $100 each may be awarded. Multiple scholarships may be awarded to a single applicant for multiple events (please apply on separate forms). The Youth Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship application is due April 15. Any money remaining after the April 15 deadline will carry over to an additional deadline of October 1. 

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 or verbally report their experience to the 4-H Council.  The Adult Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship application is due April 15.

Carolyn Meinzer 4-H Summer Camp Scholarship - Due May 15, 2020

In memory of Carolyn Meinzer, four scholarships of $250 will be available to assist Richardson County 4-H youth attend Summer Camp at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center in Gretna or the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey. Applicants must be enrolled in Richardson County 4-H. Applications are due May 15, 2020. 

Project Assistance Scholarship - Due June 1

The Richardson County 4-H and Extension Foundation offers up to 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 15 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 Scholarship application is due on or before June 1. 

Jean I. Nutzman 4-H Memorial Scholarship - Due July 1

The Jean I. Nutzman 4-H Memorial Award recognizes a Richardson County 4-H member's excellence in the Family & Consumer Science Project area. 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.

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.