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4-H Higher Education Scholarships

The Alabama 4H Foundation is awarding thirty-five scholarships to high school seniors in 2023, each in the amount of $1,000!  Scholarships can be used for post-secondary education for which 4H graduating seniors have been accepted or plan to pursue (i.e., college, university, community college, or trade school).  The Barbara D. Thorne and Beth and Dr. Thomas Elliott 4H Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 will also be awarded!

Since its inception in 2020, over $109,500 has been awarded to 4H’ers across Alabama to help them achieve their career goals.  Weather it’s a four-year college or university, community college, trade school or professional certificate, Alabama 4H and the 4H Foundation believe in the pursuit of individual happiness and success.

This year $38,000 in scholarship funding will be awarded to outstanding high school senior 4Hers state-wide:

35 – $1,000 Scholarships awarded by the Alabama 4H Foundation

1 – $1,500 Scholarship awarded by the Barbara D. Thorne 4H Endowment

1 – $1,500 Scholarship awarded by the Beth and Dr. Thomas Elliot 4H Endowment (Auburn University Student)

Application Requirements

Applicants must be high school graduating seniors. Complete applications must be submitted through 4HOnline and be received by March 1, 2023.

Applications must include the following:

  • 4HOnline application
  • Your 4-H Story
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation*

*A good letter of recommendation supports your achievements, skills, and service. Save letter of recommendation as a PDF, and upload into 4HOnline. Letter of recommendation should be from a non-family member. This could include a 4-H staff member, school administrator, teacher, or coach.

Application Review and Timeline

Applications have closed for 2023 and will open up on Jan. 1, 2024.

How to Apply

All 4-H scholarships will be awarded via the same application and established selection process hosted in 4HOnline.

Scholarship Recipients

Students and parents/guardians will be invited to 4-H Competitive Events Day June 23, 2023, to formally recognize scholarship winners. 4-H would also like to recognize 4-H scholarship recipients at high school scholarship days.

Scholarship payments for tuition and fees will be made from the Alabama 4-H Foundation directly to the student’s post-secondary institution to be used in the 2023–24 academic year.

Funding Opportunities:

Consider supporting our scholarship opportunities by participating in the annual Alabama 4-H Foundation Golf Classic.  Each year the Alabama 4-H Foundation, along with corporate and individual partners, raise funds for 4-H’ers to help them with their educational opportunities after high school.  For more information on the Golf Classic or to register

Any questions about the 4-H Golf Classic or Endowment opportunities, please contact Seth Tuttle (T/C 334-750-7087 or email [email protected]) with the Alabama 4-H Foundation Office.

The Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations made to The Alabama 4-H Foundation are tax deductible according to IRS standards. Contributions can be designated to support a specific 4-H purpose that is important to you, or left unrestricted to be used where the need is greatest.