Scholarships and College Support

Texas 4-H Scholarship Opportunities

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 in coordination with the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. All applications must be submitted through the applicant’s county Extension office and meet all criteria to be considered.

Approximately 225 academically-competitive scholarships will be awarded in the 2015 Texas 4-H Scholarship Program ranging in amounts from $1000 to $20,000 (amount established by donor). No scholarship recipient whose award is based on this application process will receive less than $1000 (may require receiving a combination of scholarships totaling $1000). 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.

Resources Available

  • 2015 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Guidelines – PDF
  • 2015 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Examples – PDF
  • 2015 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Application – Word
  • 2015 Texas 4-H Collegiate Scholarship Application – Word
  • FAFSA Supplemental Instructions – PDF

Important Dates To Remember

  • October, 2014 Release of 2015 Application
  • November – January Scholarship Trainings
  • November – December Applicant complete FAFSA
  • Set by County Office Application due to County Office
  • February 6, 2015 Applications due to District Office
  • February 20, 2015 Applications due to State 4-H Office
  • April 10, 2015 Interview selection notification
  • May 1-3, 2015 Interviews in Austin, Texas
  • June 9, 10, & 11, 2015 Awards Assembly in College Station


  • Texas A&M University Collegiate 4-H Training – College Station – PDF
  • District 7 Scholarship Training -Tom Green County –  PDF

There will not be a 2015 SALE Rural scholarship.

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 for the 2015 will be found on the TEEA website when available: (See Chapter 12 – Awards/Recognitions/Scholarships)

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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