Youth Scholarship Opportunities

4-H Earn-A-Project 2018

The 4-H Earn-A-Project program is proudly supported by Top Notch Livestock of Jordanville, NY. Top Notch Livestock is generously donating (1) market lamb whether projects and (1) market hog barrow projects. This project is open to all Oneida and Herkimer County youth that are traditional 4-H members (ages 8 to 19 as of January 1, 2018). The youth and parents agree to accept all costs associated with their project animal. Youth agree to raise awarded project animal to be sold in the September 22nd 2018 Mohawk Valley Show and Sale. Youth also are aware they are responsible for securing at minimum (3) buyers and complete records of rate of gain and cost associated with raising the project animal. This program requires dedication from the youth member and support from their guardians. Youth applying for a project must prove that they have adequate housing for the animal, and aware of the costs and time associate with the award. Through the 4-H Earn-A-Project, 4-H youth will learn planning, time management, organization, and record keeping skills.


  • Complete a Written Application including 2 letters of reference
  • Write an essay of about 250-500 words stating why you would like to receive the Earn-A-Project award
  • Accept all costs occurred by providing adequate housing, and nutrition for my project
  • Keep accurate project records provided at the initial Show and Sale meeting for the project animal
  • Attend (2) educational 4-H events pertaining to your Earn A Project species
  • Show the animal at the Junior Livestock Show (species specific)
  • Show the animal at the local county 4-H Fair
  • Display an informational sign at County Fair regarding the Earn-A–Project program
  • Create an educational display for my Earn-A-Project and records to be shown during the County Fair
  • Sell your Earn-A-Project in the September 22nd 2018 Mohawk Valley Show and Sale.
    a. The 4-H youth will be responsible finding at minimum 3 buyers to come bid on/purchase their project.
    b. In the case that the youth doesn’t sell their project in the 4-H Auction they will be required to reimburse Top Notch Livestock for the agreed value of $300

For the Application, please click on this link: 2018 Earn-An-Animal Application


Normande Heifer Contest for 2018!

Once again a Normande heifer will be awarded to the youth submitting the winning entry in the Hooves and Boots program in memory of 4H youth Elijah J. Dibble. Download your form at, answer the questions, and send it in by May 1, 2018. Award will be announced May 15, 2018. The winner will be expected to show their heifer at the Farmer’s Museum Junior Livestock show and at least one other show each year for two years. Thank you and GOOD LUCK!


New York State Guernsey Calf Award

The Calf Scholarship Award Program is sponsored by the New York State Guernsey Breeders Association for the purpose of encouraging those who do not presently own Guernseys to become involved with the Guernsey Breed. A purebred Guernsey Calf will be awarded to the applicant who shows interest in the Guernsey breed and who has demonstrated the capabilities of developing the animal to its fullest potential. Applicant must be age 9-15 as of January 1st of application year. You do not have to belong to 4-H, FFA, or a breed club to participate.

Award will be presented to the winner at the New York State Guernsey Breeders’ Annual Meeting in March or April.

Click here for: 2018 NYS Guernsey Calf Scholarship Application and Guidelines

All applications are due on March 1st  this year. NO late applications will be accepted.  Please EMAIL your application to: Seth and Amber Ripley  —  All references should be submitted WITH the application on the same email.  Confirm that your application was received by a followup email.   If you do not have access to email, you may contact your FFA advisor or County 4-H agent for them to submit your application.

Please keep a copy for your records.  If you have any questions regarding this application, you may contact someone from the New York State Guernsey Breeders Association, or Guernsey Youth Advisor, Christel Axtell–607-761-9443 or 607-467-4365.


The following scholarship opportunity links are updated on an annual basis.  If you find that the information is not current, check back.

Bruce Field Scholarship: The Bruce Field Agriculture Award is sponsored annually by the Central New York Farm Progress Show, Inc. and offers $300 to a graduating senior boy and girl who reside in Herkimer County to be used to further their education in agriculture. Bruce Field was a past Agriculture Extension Agent and first Team Leader of the Herkimer/Oneida County Dairy Team.  He was always willing to pass on his agricultural knowledge to anyone who listened and was interested in the youth of our area feeling “they are the future of agriculture.”  Bruce’s untimely death stopped his personal education endeavors, but this award, in his memory, will help a boy and girl in Herkimer County follow his path. Applications must be submitted to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County by May 1st and are available through local high school guidance offices or by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at (315) 866-7920, or by clicking here. View Guidelines Here

Alicia Kennedy Memorial Scholarship: A 4-H scholarship has been set up in memory of Alicia Kenney by the Merry Moos 4-H Club.  Applications can be obtained by calling the 4-H Office or by clicking here.  See guidelines for eligibility. Scholarships will be in the amount of $100.  Applications due to the 4-H Office by May 1st.


4-H Earn-a-Calf:
ELIGIBILITY:  Any Traditional Member 4-H’er (no Cloverbuds) involved in a 4-H dairy project, previous winners are not eligible.  Applicants must be active participants of the Herkimer County 4-H Program for at least one 4-H year prior to applying.

APPLICATION:  Completed applications must be submitted by October 1 to the 4-H office, 5657 State Route 5, Herkimer, NY 13350.

SELECTION:  Applications will be reviewed by a committee of three, made up of representatives from the agricultural community.  A time will be set up for an on farm visit or interview to talk with the applicant regarding their interests and objectives.

PRESENTATIONS:  Winners will be informed by letter and a formal announcement will be made at Member Recognition Night.  Letters will also be sent to non-winners.

THE CALF:  A registered purebred dairy calf must be purchased from a source other than the home farm.  The calf should be purchased by May first of the year following the award, preferably not more than four months old at time of purchase.

REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a 4-H Calf & Heifer Project Record is required for two years and must be submitted to the 4-H Office by June 1st of the year the award is given and the following year.  Records must be kept from date of purchase.  If records are not completed and turned in, animal will not be allowed to be shown at the Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show.  Forms will be provided by the 4-H office.

Animals must be shown for TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS (starting with the year the award is received) at the Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show in Cooperstown, the Herkimer County Fair AND the Mohawk Valley Regional Show in September.  Failure to meet any of these requirements could result in the repayment of the $500 award to the 4-H Office.

AWARD:  At least one award will be given in the amount of at least $500

SPONSORED BY:  Central New York Farm Progress Show

Earn-A-Calf Application 2018



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