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 for June 2022 are closed.

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 members 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 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 Participants
Scholarship applications for 2022 will open on March 1, 2022.

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
Deadline: April 2022

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
Deadline: September 26, 2022 at 5:00 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


Deadline: May 31, 2021

The Carleton County Junior Farmers (JF) are excited to offer the JF 4-H Scholar Award to high school students accepted to a post-secondary institution for September 2021 or a current college/university student in a program related to agriculture.

This $400 award is open to 4-H Members across Ontario. Preference will be given to applicants who are highly involved in 4-H, their community and who are planning to pursue a career in the agricultural field.

To be considered, you must submit proof of 2021 enrolment as well as a 250-word essay on how the use of technology in agriculture impacts our local communities and the environment.

To apply, please download and complete the Carleton County Junior Farmers 4-H Scholar Award application form and submit it to carletonjuniorfarmers@gmail.com no later than May 31, 2021.

Carleton County Junior Farmers 4-H Scholar Award application form: Carleton-Junior-Farmers-4-H-Scholar-Award-2021-1.docx (44 downloads)

The successful applicant will be notified by June 30, 2021.

For current/former 4-H Members enrolled in post-secondary education
Deadline: October 7, 2022

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
Deadline: September 30, 2022

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.

This $500 cash scholarship is open to applicants who are enrolled in their first or second year at an accredited university, college or apprenticeship program. Applicants do not have to be enrolled in an agriculture program to be eligible for the award. Applicants must be 21 years of age or younger (as of January 1, 2020).

Applicants must be one of the following:

  • A registered sheep producer as of April 30, 2020;
  • Have a parent/guardian registered as a sheep producer
  • as of April 30, 2020; or
  • A member of a 4-H Ontario sheep club.

In addition to completing the application form, applicants must submit either a written article (minimum 500 words) or a two to three-minute video on one of the following topics:

  • What strategy or strategies do you think the sheep industry should employ to address public trust?
  • If you were going to produce sheep, what management style – annual lambing, accelerated lambing or a combination of the two – would you choose and why?
  • Give a detailed description of the biosecurity setup and explain why this is important to the individual sheep farmer and the industry.
  • What do you feel is the sheep industry’s greatest weakness, and therefore greatest challenge? How would you address that if you could?

Application Forms 

Visit the Ontario Sheep Farmer’s Website for more information: https://www.ontariosheep.org/Awards%20Scholarships

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 Form

Application Deadline: October 14, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Scholarships for Anyone

For youth entering or enrolled in a post-secondary program in agriculture
Deadline: July 1, 2020

Students in university and college accredited programs are eligible for up to $2,500 for the coming year.

The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) established this program to provide financial assistance to students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties and the Region of Waterloo who are entering or enrolled in college or university agricultural and/or environmental programs.

Learn more on the GRAS website.

To support and promote the 4-H Dairy Calf Clubs, the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund is offering the “Investing in Youth Grant”. This grant will help offset some of the costs for changes during these challenging times, allowing 4-H Clubs to continue providing services in creative ways during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Funds may be used for, but are not limited to:

  1. Zoom membership
  2. Achievement Day prizes or awards (ie. Best Display, Best Presentation, Best Video)
  3. Alternate Achievement Day Expenses (ie. Mileage for Judge or Honorarium, location, etc.)
  4. PPE Supplies (masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.)
  5. 4-H Ontario membership subsidy
  6. Technology updates
  7. Expenses incurred to make necessary modifications (ie. supplies, printing, postage)
  8. Developing a new resource to be shared with volunteers/members
  9. Guest Speakers
  10. Other

Investing In Youth Grant Details

  • Applications are open from May 1st, 2021 to September 1, 2021
  • Each Grant valued at $200.
  • Grant limited to one (1) per club.
  • First twenty-five (25) clubs to fully submit an accepted application will receive funding.
  • All funds will be paid directly to the 4-H Dairy Calf Club OR 4-H County Association.

To Apply: Complete the application form https://www.cognitoforms.com/OntarioDairyYouthTrustFund/InvestingInYouthGrant OR download and submit to ontdairyyouthtrustfund@gmail.com

For post-secondary students with a background in agriculture
Deadline: May 2022

Youth from all six dairy breeds are eligible for the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund (ODYTF) Scholarship, which is funded by the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund and the Ontario Holstein Branch.

Eight scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually to students who have a passion for agriculture and dairy.

Selection is primarily based upon the applicant’s agricultural background, 4-H and Junior Farmer involvement, community activities and future goals.

Four scholarships are presented to students enrolled at a college/university in a diploma program, while the other four are awarded to students completing a degree.

Learn more on the Ontario Holsteins website.

For youth who’ve applied for the ODYTF Scholarship (above)


This award recognizes the student with the most impressive application for the ODYTF Scholarship.

An award of $750 goes to the exemplary individual whose Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund Scholarship application impresses the panel in terms of community, post-secondary, and agriculture involvement along with success in the 4-H program.

Learn more on the Ontario Holsteins website.