The Montana 4-H Foundation supports 4-H initiatives that focus on healthy living, citizenship, leadership, science, engineering and technology, to name a few. The mission of the Montana 4-H Foundation is to “help 4-H youth by raising private funds, managing financial resources and partnering with the MSU Extension Service to fund educational opportunities for Montana 4-H youth, volunteer leaders and staff.”

Scholarships and grants provide opportunities for youth and adults to strengthen their skills and maximize their positive impacts on the communities in which they live.

Scholarship Information

The Montana 4-H Foundation offers a number of collegiate scholarships to students (listed below). When filling out the application, you will select which scholarships you would like to apply for. All scholarships require certain criteria to be met, in order to be awarded. We ask that you only apply for only the scholarships you qualify for. Please review the scholarship eligibility and distribution of fund requirements by clicking on each scholarship name. Awarding of a scholarship is based on availability of funds.

The Montana 4-H scholarship winners will be recognized at Montana 4-H Congress on the MSU campus in July.  As a condition of receiving the scholarship, each recipient or their appointee must agree to attend Montana 4-H Congress closing banquet to be recognized.

How to Apply

Each person needs to only complete one application to apply for multiple Montana 4-H scholarships, with the exception of AMTOPP. The AMPTOPP Scholarship has a separate application, if interested please click on AMTOPP below for more information.

Below are links to a fillable PDF version (preferred) of the scholarship application and one in Word. Please only use the Word version, if you are unable to use the PDF. Typed applications are highly preferred. Please follow the directions on the application to apply. If you have questions, please contact the Montana 4-H Foundation by e-mail 4hfdn@montana.edu or call 406-994-5911. Scholarship applications must be received (or postmarked) by April 1st.

 

February 1 Application Deadline

AMTOPP Scholarship Application

Purpose

This AMTOPP scholarship was established in 2012 by AMTOPP (Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental and Pest Professionals) to encourage higher learning and interest in the ‘greens industry', while encouraging Montana youth to establish skills usable in Montana.

The scholarship is open to Montana CURRENT 4-Her(s) ages 9—19 to assist with an individual, 4-H club or group with learning more within the ‘greens industry’ through a specific project or activity.

Scholarship Award

Two (2) scholarships of $250 each

Evaluation Criteria

Scholarship applications will be scored by a committee appointed by AMTOPP

Announcement and Distribution of Funds

Successful applicant will receive funds in early March. Recipient will be notified by mail and/or email.

April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

This endowed scholarship was established in 2011 by the Anton “Tony” Sundsted family in honor of the pioneers who settled over 100 years ago, to assist young men and women in their pursuit of advanced education. It is for students who have demonstrated entrepreneurship through not only 4-H projects but also involvement in their community, church and school by embracing the ideals of leadership, responsibility and integrity.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $1,000

Eligibility

Applicant requirements:

  1. A Montana resident
  2. Montana 4-H member for at least three years
  3. Accepted into an accredited institution of higher education including both 2-year and 4-year programs in Montana, North Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming or Washington
  4. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  5. Incoming freshman or current undergraduate
  6. Pursuing a degree in an agricultural field of study as it relates to production, sciences, economics, education/communications and/or engineering
  7. Financial need considered. Please describe this need in the "other" section of the application.

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term

April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

Family and friends created this scholarship to honor Barbara Edens, an educator and long time 4-H supporter and leader. This scholarship will be awarded to 4-H'ers exemplifying leadership, sportsmanship and communication through involvement in the Montana 4-H horse project.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $500

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior
  2. Be a Montana 4-H member active in leadership and the horse project

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

In 2017, the King family established a scholarship endowment to honor Bob and Margaret King. Both Bob and Margaret were big supporters of 4-H and appreciated the opportunities it gave their children and grandchildren. Bob believed that everyone should have a chance to go to college, and this scholarship helps in representing his belief. 

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $500

Eligibility

Applicant requirements:

  1. Open to incoming freshman or current students
  2. Must have participated in 4-H livestock projects (other than horse)
  3. Be attending an in-state institution of higher learning, including two-year vocational, trade or technical schools
  4. Have a 2.5 GPA or greater
  5. May receive the scholarship more than once, however preference will be given to new applicants

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

Cascade County cattleman Bud Dawson left an estate gift which will include scholarships for youth participating in the 4-H livestock projects. Priority may be given to Cascade and surrounding county applicants.

Scholarship Award

Two (2) scholarships of $500 each

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior
  2. Be a Montana 4-H member who has been active in livestock projects
  3. Preference given to Cascade County members

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

This scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of Carson Christensen for Stillwater County 4-H members who have been enrolled in the beef project. Preference will be given to those pursuing a career associated with the beef industry.               

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $500       

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be high school senior, or high school graduate with at least one year of post-secondary education remaining
  2. Have maintained a 2.0 GPA
  3. Have been enrolled in the 4-H beef project in Stillwater County
  4. Be accepted or already enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution (including vocational, trade or technical school)
  5. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree/career associated with the beef industry.

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

The Cedric & Elfriede Maurer Memorial Scholarship was established by the Maurer family to honor their parents Cedric and Elfriede, who farmed and ranched in Teton County and were long-time 4-H leaders. The scholarship will be awarded to 4-Hers who show dedication to 4-H and a history of volunteering and active involvement in their community. Preference will be given to residents of north central Montana, specifically Teton, Cascade, Chouteau and Pondera counties.

Scholarship Award

One (1) $2,500 Scholarship

Eligibility

Applicant requirements:

  1. Resident of Montana
  2. Montana 4-H member for at least 3 years
  3. High school senior, or high school graduate with at least one year of post-secondary education remaining
  4. Be accepted or already enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in Montana, including 2-year trade or vocational school
  5. Preference will be given to applicants from north central Montana, specifically Teton, Cascade, Choteau and Pondera counties
  6. Demonstrated history of community involvement and volunteering

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term

Application Deadline April 1

Purpose

This scholarship was established as a memorial to Doug and Nancy Dear, instrumental contributors to the Montana 4-H Horse Program. The scholarship will assist an individual with an interest or background in the 4-H Horse Project who will be attending a college or university.     

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $500 

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a high school senior
  2. Show proficiency in Montana 4-H work in the horse project over a period of three years, preferably more.

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term

Application Deadline April 1

Purpose

This endowed scholarship, established in 2015, will assist an incoming freshman or college undergraduate attending a Montana institute of higher education. Recipient must have lived in or participated in 4-H in a First Security Bank service area (see details below).

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $500 

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a high school senior or college undergraduate
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  3. Attend a Montana institute of higher education (trade school, 2-year or 4-year programs acceptable)
  4. Live in or have participated in 4-H in a county within a First Security Bank service area. Priority given to Gallatin, Chouteau and Liberty Counties. If no qualified applicants from these counties, recipient may be from Park, Madison, Meagher, Teton, Hill, Blaine, Pondera, Fergus, Cascade or Judith Basin Counties.
  5. Student may receive scholarship more than once if selected

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline

Purpose

Scholarship will be awarded to a former 4-H member pursuing a degree in an agricultural field. Montana Turkey Growers, a growers’ cooperative that no longer exists, originally provided funds for a small endowment. In 2012, Montana Agricultural Business Association (MABA) and the Montana Grain Elevator Association (MGEA) joined forces to fully fund the scholarship endowment.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $750

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Show a proficiency in Montana 4-H work over a period of at least three years
  2. Be a senior in high school or currently pursuing a degree in an agricultural field at a Montana college
  3. Preference to student pursuing a degree in plant science, agronomy or agri-business
  4. Preference given to applicants involved in MABA/MGEA

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

This scholarship was established in 2010 by Thomas Miller and family to assist an individual from eastern Montana, preferably Richland County. The recipient must have a 4-H background and attend MSU, preferably the Bozeman campus.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $200

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be from Eastern Montana, preferably Richland County
  2. Attend MSU, preferably at Bozeman
  3. Have a Montana 4-H background
  4. Preference will be given to incoming freshman

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline

Purpose

The Montana 4-H Council established an endowment with the Montana 4-H Foundation in 2009 to be used for leadership opportunities for Montana 4-H youth and volunteers. A scholarship to assist a former 4-Her pursue higher education will be awarded in 2012.

Scholarship Award

One (1) $500 Scholarship

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a Montana Resident
  2. Be a 4-H member for at least three years
  3. Be attending an in- or out-of-state institution of higher learning, including two-year vocational, trade or technical schools, as an undergraduate student
  4. Have completed 2 semesters (or the equivalent) at a college or university at the time of award
  5. Be enrolled in good standing with their institution

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline 

Scholarship Information

The Montana 4-H Shooting Sports Committee first recognized an outstanding shooting sports member with a college scholarship in 2010. The recipient excels in the shooting sports project, as well as leadership, community service, and ethical behavior.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $1,000

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be an incoming college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors enrolled in any college, university, or technical/trade school
  2. Have been enrolled for at least one year in a 4-H shooting sports project.
  3. Have shown a willingness to take on leadership roles and have worked with younger 4-H members in any of the shooting sports disciplines.
  4. Have participated in community service activities through 4-H Shooting sports
  5. Have promoted the 4-H Shooting sports project in a positive light
  6. Have shown ethical behavior in competitive settings

Selection will be determined by a committee made up of members of the Montana State 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory Committee. Applications will be accepted under the guidelines of the Montana 4-H Foundation.

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
Application Deadline April 1

Purpose 

The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship, established in 2013, is awarded to a student pursuing an agriculture-related degree.               

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $1,000

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a senior in high school or a student enrolled in an institution of higher education
  2. Have 3 years of Montana 4-H experience
  3. Pursue an agriculture-related degree

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline

Purpose

The Montana Meat Processors Association (MMPA) has established an annual scholarship in cooperation with the Montana 4-H Foundation. This scholarship will assist an individual with an interest/background in meat science that will be attending a college or university.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $1,000

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a Montana high school graduate (not limited to current year high school graduates, but limited to individuals who are not currently enrolled in a college or university.)
  2. Have been enrolled in 4-H or FFA within the last 4 years.
  3. Have participated in some of these 4-H/FFA activities within the last 4 years: Livestock and meat judging, Carcass evaluation, Livestock project options related to meats.
  4. Plan to attend a 4-year college or university, or 2-year or junior college and enroll in a curriculum related to agriculture or business with an emphasis on agriculture/meat sciences.

Selection will be determined by a committee from MMPA. Applications will be accepted under the guidelines of the Montana 4-H Foundation.

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee funds scholarships for 4-H members who have done outstanding work in 4-H projects utilizing grains and grain products (such as use of grains with a livestock project), or 4-H project work in the crop science area. Bread making projects may also be considered. Preference will be given to those studying or planning to study a field associated with grain production. Wheat and barley producer check-off dollars support these scholarships.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a senior in high school or a student enrolled in a institution of higher education
  2. Have 3 years of Montana 4-H experience
  3. Have pursued 4-H projects related to an area of crop science or grain and grain products, including use of grains with a livestock project; bread making project may also be considered
  4. Preference given to those studying or planning to study a field associated with grain production

Scholarship Award

Two (2) scholarships of $1,000 each

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline

Scholarship Information

The Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply provides five (5) scholarships of $1,000 each. These scholarships are to be awarded to eligible Montana high school students. Students who can demonstrate a dedication to 4-H and the ideals of Leadership, Responsibility and Integrity should apply. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based on their academic achievement, their involvement with 4-H and their commitment to community service.

Scholarship Amount

Five (5) scholarships of $1,000 each

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a high school senior
  2. Be a resident of Montana
  3. Have at least 3 years of experience in Montana 4-H
  4. Be accepted into a college, university or accredited institution of higher learning

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline

Purpose

Memorial funds given by family and friends of N.A. Jacobsen, managed by the Montana 4-H Foundation, support this scholarship given to an upper classmen at Montana State University interested in an Extension career.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $200

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a junior or senior enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Montana State University, Bozeman who is interested in a career with the MSU Extension Service.

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term
April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

The Northern Seed 4-H Scholarship, established in 2015, is awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to attend Montana State University-Bozeman. Priority will be given to an applicant majoring in a plant science and/or agricultural business/economics related field of study.

Northern Seed, LLC boosts agricultural production by providing quality seeds, seed treatment, and services to growers.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $1,000

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a high school senior
  2. Be a Montana resident
  3. Have at least two years of 4-H experience
  4. Have a 2.5 GPA or greater
  5. Plan to attend Montana State University-Bozeman as undergraduate
  6. Priority to given to applicant majoring in a plant science or agricultural business/economics field

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term

April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

The Steer In Trailer Sales 4-H Scholarship was established in 2015 to assist five 4-Hers who have taken the livestock or horse project. Applicants from Gallatin, Broadwater, Madison-Jefferson and Park Counties will be given priority for two of the five scholarships.

Steer In Trailer Sales, located in Three Forks, Montana, is a large horse, stock, utility, flatbed and cargo trailer dealership that proudly supports Montana 4-Hers.

Scholarship Award

Five (5) scholarships of $500 each

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a high school senior or an undergraduate in an institution of higher education, including vocational, trade or technical schools. At least four scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors.
  2. Be a Montana resident
  3. Have at least two years of 4-H experience
  4. Have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  5. Have been enrolled in the livestock or horse project
  6. Residents of Gallatin, Broadwater, Madison-Jefferson and Park Counties will be given priority for at least two of the scholarships

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term

April 1 Application Deadline

Purpose

The W. Doyle Stocks Scholarship has been established to benefit a worthy Montana student planning to attend MSU-Bozeman. Preference is given to those studying Agriculture or Family Consumer Science.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $500

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a Montana resident
  2. Be a Montana 4-H member for at least three years
  3. Have a Montana 4-H background
  4. Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend MSU-Bozeman
  5. Have a High School GPA of 3.0 or higher
  6. Preference given to a 4-H member pursuing a degree in a field of agriculture or family consumer science

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term

April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

Established in 2015, the WestFeeds/Hubbard 4-H Scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to attend Montana State University-Bozeman to study a livestock and/or agricultural business/economics related field.

WestFeeds/Hubbard, Inc., is a Montana corporation, locally owned and operated, providing livestock feeds to farmers and ranchers throughout Montana and northern Wyoming.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $1,000

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a high school senior
  2. Be a Montana resident
  3. Have at least two years of 4-H experience
  4. Have at least a 2.5 GPA
  5. Plan to attend Montana State University-Bozeman as undergraduate
  6. Major in a livestock or agricultural business/economics field

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term

April 1 Application Deadline 

Purpose

Through the generosity of the Wilcox Family, the Montana 4-H Foundation has established a scholarship program that will award $500 to eligible Montana high school students from Musselshell-Golden Valley or Rosebud-Treasure Counties, who have demonstrated a dedication to 4-H and to the ideals of Leadership, Responsibility and Integrity. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based on their academic achievement, their service and involvement with 4-H, and their contributions to their community.

Scholarship Award

One (1) scholarship of $500 

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a High School Senior
  2. Be a Montana 4-H member in Musselshell-Golden Valley or Rosebud-Treasure counties
  3. Have 3 years' experience in Montana 4-H
  4. Be accepted into an accredited institution of higher education
  5. Have a High School GPA of 3.0 or higher

Distribution of Funds

Scholarship funds will be sent to the college or university on behalf of the recipient. Before this is done, the recipient must:

  • Have completed one term with a GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled for a second term