Scholarships and College Support

Texas 4-H Youth Development Program Opportunity Scholarships are ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS awarded each year to applicants based on their academic record, 4-H experience, and financial need (for scholarships for which it is a required criterion). The Texas 4-H Youth Development Opportunity Scholarship Program is conducted by the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation. All applications must be submitted through the applicant’s county Extension office and meet all criteria to be considered.

Well over 200 academically-competitive scholarships will be awarded in the 2016 Texas 4-H Scholarship Program ranging in amounts from $3000 to $20,000.* No scholarship recipient whose award is based on this application process will receive less than $3000.* The Texas 4-H Foundation seeks to ensure that each recipient receives the highest dollar amount of scholarship for which that recipient is eligible. For the majority of the total scholarships and scholarship funds available, participation in a livestock show is not a requirement for consideration for an Opportunity Scholarship. *This will exclude scholarships provided through the Texas Extension Education Association and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition School Tour Scholarship programs.

Resources Available

  • 2016 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Guidelines – PDF
  • 2016 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Examples – PDF
  • 2016 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Application – Word
  • 2016 FAFSA Supplemental Instructions – PDF
  • 2016 Texas 4-H Collegiate Scholarship Application – Word

Dates To Remember

Set by County Office – Application due to County Office
February 5, 2016 – Applications due to District Office
February 19, 2016 – Applications due to State 4-H Office
April 12, 2016 – Interview selection notification
April 29 – May 1, 2016 – Interviews in Austin, Texas
June 7, 8, & 9, 2016 – Awards Assembly in College Station

Training Available

Texas Extension Education Association Scholarship

The Texas Home Demonstration Association was organized in August, 1926 by 399 women attending a Farmer’s Short course at A&M University. One of the purposes for organizing was to establish a scholarship for a deserving 4-H girl. This original scholarship of $200 has grown to 12 in 2002, given annually at $1000 each; however, in 1997, only four $l,000 scholarships were given due to lack of funds. Funding of these scholarships began with a 5 cent donation per member in 1926. Scholarships are now funded through the annual TEEA budget and awarded to a 4-H boy or girl.

Application will be found on the TEEA website when available:

For more information about this scholarship, contact your County Family and Consumer Science Agent. They will work with the District TEEA Directors for deadlines. Find your local county office.

College and Career Resources

The Texas 4-H Youth Development is committed to assisting young people, both in 4-H and not, have the resources and information to make the right decisions about their future. To explore the opportunities for careers and colleges select the link below.

  • Free Application for Student Student Aid – link
  • YouTube Video: How to fill out the FAFSA – Steps 1 – 7 – link
  • College for Texans – link
  • Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Compendium of Texas Colleges – link
  • College Searches and Financial Aid – link


Dr. Toby L. Lepley
Assistant State Leader –
Operations and Associate Professor & Extension Specialist
4180 Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845
Phone: 979-845-1212

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