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 Participants

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, 2024

Application Form

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, 2024 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.

Application Form

For current 4-H Members enrolled in post-secondary education
Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

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

The Angelo and Frank Agro Undergraduate Scholarship gives 10 students $10,000 each (payable over four years of study) to put toward their education.

These scholarships will be awarded to the students demonstrating the most active involvement with 4-H clubs. The committee will consider all appropriate elements such as length of membership in 4-H, leadership roles in 4-H, creativity in 4-H outreach and coordination with other rural and academic activities. Credit will be given to those who have achieved in county, provincial and national 4-H competitions.

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 a minimum of 10 4-H projects

Recipients must maintain full-time studies and at least a 70% program average each year for continuation 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 26, 2024 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

Application Form

For current/former 4-H Members enrolled in post-secondary education
Application Deadline: October 4, 2024

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 27, 2024

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 2024 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 11, 2024 at 5 p.m.

Application Form

The McDonald’s Canada Future of Agriculture 4-H Scholarship aims to recognize and support the next generation of Canadian farmers. In partnership with McDonald’s Canada, 4-H Canada is proud to offer eight scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, for senior 4-H members across Canada that aim to advance important work in sustainability through their education in agriculture.

Application Deadline: June 2, 2024


Through the generosity of John Deere Canada, 15 scholarships – valued at $1,000 each – are available to 4-H members across Canada who plan to pursue a post-secondary education at a Canadian college or university in a degree, certificate or trade-based program in September 2023.

Application Deadline: June 2, 2024

Through the generosity of TD, 12 scholarships – valued at $2,500 each – are available to 4-H members who plan to pursue a post-secondary education at a Canadian college or university in agriculture, ag-science or agri-business in September 2023.

Application Deadline: June 2, 2024

The Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers 4-H Scholarship was created to support interest in and the advancement of the Canadian sheep and wool industry. The Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers and 4-H Canada are proud to sponsor two scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, for 4-H members who are planning to attend a Canadian university or college in September 2023.

Application Deadline: June 2, 2024

The Ontario Blonde d’Aquitaine Association is excited to provide a Scholar Award to be awarded to a young Canadian with a passion for Agriculture either entering or continuing their post secondary studies in the fall of 2024. One scholarship, valued at $1,000, will be awarded to an individual pursuing an education in agriculture.

Eligibility Requirements: 

In order to be eligible, you must be enrolled in a post secondary program in 2024 and be in one (or more) of the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in an agriculture related post secondary program
  2. Be a household member of a registered Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine breeder
  3. Be a 4-H participant that has completed a beef project within the past two years

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024

Application Form

In recognition of Jim’s lifelong and continued community service and leadership, Jim’s family is pleased to offer the James K. Weeden Community Service and Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $750 to be awarded each year. As a special note, the scholarship amount is reflective of the support Jim’s parents were able to give him when he started his own post-secondary education and reflects that the scholarship was established to celebrate Jim’s 75th birthday in 2023.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Applicant must be either currently active or have been active in the immediate prior year as a member in the Bruce County 4-H Association.
  2. To be eligible to receive this award, applicants must be enrolled in a degree-level program at a university. Proof of enrollment will be required. Applicants who are not yet enrolled but anticipate university enrollment in the immediate future are eligible, but will not receive the award monies until after they have enrolled and can provide proof of enrollment.Applicants currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a University-level program (including graduate studies, as long as they are not more than one year out from active 4-H membership) are eligible, regardless of the location of their chosen institution (applicants enrolled in University programs outside of Ontario or outside of Canada are eligible).
  3. Preference will be given to applicants who intend to pursue education in agriculture or/and engineering (with an environmental or agricultural focus). Preference will be given to applicants that intend to pursue careers in the public sector following the completion of their education.
  4. Applicants should be active in the community, although their participation does not have to be extensive, in the form of formal titles/positions, or noted by awards/achievements. Preference will be given to applicants who show ongoing dedication to using their unique skills and attributes to support the betterment of others and the community and who demonstrate a positive, learning mindset.
  5. Applicants who identify as racialized, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of various sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities and cultivate the values of 4-H across all they do are strongly encouraged to apply.
  6. Applicants are not required to demonstrate academic excellence; however, applicants should be in ‘good’ academic standing and have met the required standard for entry into the post-secondary program of their choosing.
  7. Applicants are only eligible to receive this award once.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2024

Please note this application is for Bruce County 4-H participants only.
Application Form

First Nations Agriculture & Finance Ontario, often referred to as First Nations Ag or FNAFO, is a First Nations not for profit with roots stretching back to 1984 as the Indian Agriculture Program of Ontario (IAPO). First Nations Ag and Finance is dedicated to empowering First Nations people of Ontario through farm and agribusiness financing, learning, and training opportunities, and agricultural extension services.  

FNAFO is pleased to offer a scholarship to First Nations youth who are engaged in the   4-H program in their communities. This $1,000 scholarship is intended to support and inspire the next generation of First Nations farmers in Ontario. It will be awarded each September to a youth who intends to continue building their knowledge and skills for a career in the agricultural sector through studies at college or university. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Identifies as a member of a First Nations community in Ontario. 
  2. Must be enrolled in a University, College or Trade program. Proof of acceptance or enrollment into college, university or trade program will be required. 
  3. Has been participating in (or been a member of 4-H) for a minimum of two years. 
  4. Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in Agriculture. 


Applications due September 1, 2024.  Award to be given out by September 21, 2024 

Application Form

Scholarships for Anyone

Eight scholarships, of $1,500 each, are awarded annually to students enrolled at a college or university, in a diploma or degree program. These are funded by the late Barbara Royle Ford.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2024
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Brian Betts of Flesherton, Ontario was an accomplished dairy producer and exceptional leader in agriculture both locally and nationally. Brian’s leadership helped drive producer run organizations to collaborate more fully and reduce duplication. This led to greater efficiency which in turn ensures greater sustainability for the producer owned companies. Initiatives to develop rural youth and support for 4-H were always prioritized under Brian’s leadership. Brian’s selfless service to the community and compassion for people had a very positive impact on many individuals. This scholarship will be awarded to individuals that best display leadership and selfless service for the betterment of their community. 

Two scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to a student that is affiliated with a licensed milk producer (son, daughter, employee) that have successfully completed year one, two or three of post secondary education and be enrolled for the following year. Full eligibility details can be found in the application. 


Application Deadline: June 1, 2024
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The Legacy Scholarship is open to students accepted or enrolled in any accredited post-secondary College or University program. Up to 10 scholarships of $5,000 per recipient will be awarded towards the individual’s studies and cost of school.  Up to five of those scholarships may be awarded to students pursuing non-agriculture specific studies.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a permanent Ontario resident
  • Recipients are only eligible for one bursary in their lifetime
  • Students must be in a full-time program
  • Students must be attending an accredited College or University
  • Students are eligible during any point of their studies

Legacy Scholarship applicants are required to submit a resume, letter of reference, and a 500 – 1,000-word essay explaining how they became interested in their area of study, how their area of study and career goals will benefit the future of the Ontario grain sector or agri-food industry, and why Grain Farmers of Ontario should be a partner in their academic journey.

  • Deadline to apply is July 21, 2024
  • Proof of College/University enrollment is required


Apply HERE