4-H Ontario Scholarships

Scholarships are a great way to get financial help to pursue your career, earn some clout in your community and attract future employers.

Scholarship recipient standing infront of blue backdrop and other volunteers at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Winner of the 2019 Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award and Bursary

Scholarships for 4-H Members

The Perrin Family, along with friends within the farm community, are excited to offer a scholarship in honour of David Perrin. The David Perrin Memorial Award honours David’s life and his love for agriculture. Two scholarships valued at $1,500 each will be awarded to an individual currently pursuing post-secondary education and interested in farm safety and agriculture. One award will be given in September and one in January of each year. Applicants will be required to submit a 500-word essay on farm safety along with their application.

Award requirements:

  1. Pursuing post-secondary education. Proof of enrolment required.
  2. Completed application form
  3. 500 word essay on farm safety
  4. Applicant must be currently or previously enrolled in 4-H

Application Deadline: June 1, 2023

The Central Canada Exhibition, established in 1885 at Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park, provided many generations of 4-H members an opportunity to display projects, interact with other 4-H members and to “Learn To Do By Doing”. The Exhibition Association dissolved in 2021 and wanted to provide a legacy for rural youth and 4-H participants in Eastern Ontario by providing bursaries/grants to further their careers.

Two bursaries will be awarded annually in the amount of $2,000 each for further training/skill development at post-secondary school. The bursaries are available to applicants residing in Carleton, Dundas, Frontenac, Glengarry, Grenville, Lanark, Leeds, Prescott, Renfrew, Stormont and Russell Counties (Region 2 as defined by 4-H Ontario).

Applications must be received by 4-H Ontario by August 1, 2023 at 5 p.m.
The bursaries/grants will be awarded on October 1.

  1. Applications are to include a 500-word essay on your plans for future community contributions.
  2. Applications are to include a resume of your 4-H experience. Leadership experiences within club programs will be preferred.
  3. Applicant is pursuing further career development at a post secondary institution or apprenticeship program. Proof of enrolment in school or participation in an apprenticeship program must be provided along with the application.
  4. An active 4-H member for at least five consecutive years.

For current 4-H Participants

4-H Canada offers a wide variety of financial support opportunities each year.

We’re thankful for the corporate partnerships that allow our 4-H Members, Volunteers and provincial offices to take advantage of these scholarships as they fulfill goals both inside and outside of 4-H.

Learn more about the 4-H Canada Scholarships on the 4-H Canada website.

For current 4-H Members enrolled in post-secondary education
Application Deadline: April 15, 2023

Pursue your career dreams at the University of Guelph with the help of this fantastic scholarship.

The Angelo and Frank Agro Undergraduate Scholarship gives seven students $7,000 each ($1,750 annually for four years) to put toward their education.

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a full-time student entering semester one at the University of Guelph
  • Have at least a 75% admission average
  • Have completed at least ten 4-H projects
  • Submit a point-form list of their 4-H club activities and a reference letter from a 4-H club official
  • Maintain full-time studies and a 70% program average each year for the duration of the award

Learn more on the University of Guelph website.

For current 4-H Dairy Club Members in grades 9-11
Application Deadline: September 28, 2023 at 5 p.m.

This annual award honours the late Bertram and Hazel Stewart’s deep commitment and passion toward agriculture, education and 4-H.

The Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award & Bursary is presented at the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair every year.

To be considered for this $1,000 bursary, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in grade 9, 10 or 11
  • Be a 4-H Ontario Member in good standing and part of 4-H Dairy Club for at least three years (minimum one 4-H project per year)
  • Have an expressed intent to pursue post-secondary education
  • Understand the bursary is awarded upon completion of the first year of post-secondary education


For current/former 4-H Members enrolled in post-secondary education
Application Deadline: October 6, 2023

This scholarship is a great opportunity for 4-H Members pursuing a career as a veterinary technician.

The Henrike Foerster Memorial 4-H Entrance Scholarship awards $500 to a first-year student in the Veterinary Technology Program at the University of Guelph. Preference is given to applicants who’ve demonstrated involvement in past and/or current 4-H Ontario activities.

Learn more on the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus website.

For 4-H Dairy Club Members who’ve never attended the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Application Deadline: September 29, 2023

This bursary honours Justin Parish’s dream of attending the Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF).

Presented by Robin and Connie Parish, the Justin Parish Bursary awards $1,000 to a 4-H Ontario Dairy Club Member in support of attending the Classic Show for the first time as a team member, fitter or herdsperson.

To be considered for this $1,000 bursary, members must:

  • Be a 4-H Ontario Dairy Club Member in good standing
  • Demonstrate dedication and passion toward agriculture and their 4-H Dairy Club
  • Express desire to attend the Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic Show at the RAWF
  • Have never attended the RAWF as a participant or attendee

4-H Dairy Club leaders must submit a one-page nomination letter via email to giving@4-hontario.ca with the subject line “Justin Parish Memorial Bursary” for a member to be considered. The letter must demonstrate the member’s dedication, determination and passion to agriculture and 4-H Dairy Club, along with the Member’s desire to attend the Royal as a participant.

The recipient will be chosen by a selection committee in October. Presentation of the bursary will take place in the show ring during the 2022 4-H Dairy Classic Show in November.

The McCutcheon and Van Kampen families are excited to offer a scholarship in honour of Don McCutcheon and Scott Van Kampen. They are so happy to honour their lives and their love for agriculture through this scholarship.

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an individual interested in Agriculture who is currently enrolled in either College or University and is involved in 4-H currently or previously. Please note that applicants are only eligible to win this award once.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be enrolled in a University or College program
  2. Only eligible to receive award once
  3. Must have a passion for Agriculture
  4. Must want to pursue Agriculture
  5. Applicant must be currently or previously enrolled in 4-H

Application Deadline: October 13, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

The Weston Family 4-H Agricultural Scholarship program is offered to 4-H participants who will be an undergraduate or post-graduate student in an agricultural based certificate, degree or diploma program at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in the Fall of 2023. Applicants may re-apply each year to receive additional funding and apply directly to 4-H Canada. The scholarship covers one year of tuition at their institution.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2023


Through the generosity of The Coca-Cola Foundation, 79 scholarships are available to 4-H youth across Canada pursuing post-secondary education in the 2023-2024 academic year. The Coca-Cola 4-H Post-Secondary Scholarship will help 4-H’ers explore their career interests, develop new skills, prepare for the workforce and become leaders in their communities. 79 scholarships of $1,000 each.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2023
Sponsored by: The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D) honours the accomplishments of four senior 4-H youth and showcases the outstanding accomplishments of Canadian 4-H’ers in the area of leadership excellence. L.E.A.D looks to acknowledge and honour confident, accomplished 4-H’ers who have gained critical life skills through their 4-H experience. Award winners will also demonstrate the positive impact they have had on their community through 4-H experience. Four national youth L.E.A.D Award Winners will be selected. Winners will also be paired with a mentor in the field in which they were selected and will subsequently receive a reference letter from this mentor. Each recipient will receive a $20,000 scholarship for high education ($5,000 annually for four years) and an all- expenses paid trip to attend the 4-H Canada Members Forum.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2023

Scholarships for Anyone

Youth from all six dairy breeds are eligible for this award which is funded by Edward Morwick on behalf of the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund and the Ontario Holstein Branch. Selection is primarily based on the applicant’s agricultural background. Key components include 4-H and Junior Farmer involvement, community activities and future goals. Eight scholarships of $1,000 are awarded annually.

Application Deadline: May 2023