Information for 4-H Youth

Program Contact: Julie Sorensen, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 962-7507 • jjsorens@wsu.edu

4-H is the youth development program of Washington State University.  Being a part of the 4-H organization and participating in projects and club experience you can learn life skills such as decision making, communications, leadership, record keeping, responsibility, increased self-esteem, and research-based project knowledge and skills.

How to become a 4-H Member

  1. Decide what project you would like to participate in. Check out Kittitas County 4-H Projects. Contact the Extension Office to get information for your club or interest.
  2. Arrange to meet with the leader of the club.
  3. Follow the instructions the leader gives you to enroll online.

Useful Information

You Should Know….

  • The 4-H year starts October 1 and ends September 30
  • Youth may enroll in 4-H at any time. However, Kittitas County 4-H Council Committees may set enrollment deadlines for participation in specific events, such as the Kittitas County Fair, and certain project areas to meet positive youth development needs.
  • Youth who have reached their 5th birthday before October 1 of the current 4-H year through youth who have not reached their 19th birthday before October 1 of the current 4-H year are eligible to enroll in a 4-H club
  • To complete the 4-H year you must:
    • Complete a record book
    • Participate in showmanship
    • Give a demonstration
    • Attend club meetings
    • Complete a project

Scholarships

Kittitas County 4-H Council is sponsoring four scholarships in the amount of $1000 each:

  • 4-H Endowment Trust Fund Scholarship-Awarded to a graduating senior who is actively involved in leadership.
  • Jeanette K. Burghart 4-H Memorial Scholarship-Awarded to a graduating senior who has been actively engaged in 4-H Know Your Government (May have been current year, and/or earlier years.)
  • Barbara Schnebly Shaw Scholarship-Awarded to a graduating senior or a college student, that has not received a Kittitas County 4-H Scholarship, who excelled in demonstrations and/or club leadership.
  • Barbara Schnebly Shaw Scholarship-Awarded to a  college student who has previously received a Kittitas County 4-H Scholarship and who excelled in demonstrations and/or club leadership.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a cumulative high school/college GPA of 2.0 or better or equivalent
  • Be a member, or past member, of Kittitas County 4-H.
  • Submit letter of application with application form.
  • Submit a 2-page (maximum) essay on your 4-H experiences and how they have affected you; include adequate details of what 4-H has done to prepare you for the future.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation-from someone other than family members.
  • Submit a resume that includes your 4-H involvement.
  • Submit current transcripts.
  • Submit previous year, or last one available, 4-H record book including up-to-date permanent record.
  • Submit most recent KYG 4-H Project Record.
  • Applications are due to the Extension Office by April 15.

Kittitas County 4-H Scholarship Application & Criteria