Youth Leadership

Youth Leaders/Ambassador Program

Being a 4-H Ambassador is a great honor – selected youth get to represent La Crosse County 4-H at community and county events and activities. Ambassadors participate in a wide variety of duties throughout the year, such as:

  • Assisting at festivals by presenting awards, ushering, and emceeing
  • Working at the county fair
  • Talking with community groups about 4-H
  • Visiting clubs to promote upcoming events
  • Visiting schools to recruit members
  • Participating in parades
  • Completing TV and/or Radio spots

The next Ambassador term will begin in October and go through the end of August. Very few formal meetings are held as time is put in on event days. If you have additional questions about being an Ambassador, please contact the UW-Extension office.

All youth in grades 7 and up are encouraged to become a part of the Youth Leader group! Not all youth leaders are Ambassadors. Join in the next meeting (below) to see what it’s all about!

Next Youth Leaders Meeting: Sunday, February 16th at 4:00 p.m. at Michaels Craft Store in Onalaska. Ambassadors and youth leaders – we will discuss Clover College plans, and determine duties for the day. We also will discuss possible training needs for the group. Part of this meeting will be devoted to writing/making cards to veterans.

Interested in becoming an Ambassador for the 2019-2020 4-H year? All youth going into grades 9 and up are invited to apply! Applications are due to the Extension La Crosse County office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 30th. Current Ambassadors who wish to continue on for the next year should submit their intent to continue in writing to by August 30th.

Ambassador Application 2019-2020 (Word Doc)
Ambassador Application 2019-2020 (Fillable PDF)



WI 4-H Foundation

Due Monday, March 16th, 2020 via email at 5:00 p.m. The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin students pursuing higher education based on demonstrated personal growth, development, leadership, academic performance and future educational goals. For details, eligibility and application, visit the WI 4-H Foundation Scholarship web page.

4-H Leaders Association

Due Sunday, March 1st, 2020. The La Crosse County 4-H Leaders Association will award up to 5 scholarships of $300 each to current high school senior 4-H members who have been active for at least 5 years and will be pursuing a post-secondary education in fall of 2019. Handwritten applications will not be accepted! For details, eligibility and application, click here. For a word document, click here.

Agricultural Society

Due Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 via mail. The La Crosse County Agricultural Society will award 2 scholarships of varying amounts to current high school seniors who participate in the La Crosse Interstate Fair, are active 4-H/FFA members and will be enrolled in post-secondary education in fall of 2019. For details, eligibility and application, click here.

State Fair Dairy Promotion Board

2020 info coming soon! The Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board is offering $1,000 scholarships to students that will be 3rd or 4th year college students during the 2019-20 academic year. Applicants must be Wisconsin residents enrolled full-time at a 4-year Wisconsin school and be pursuing a dairy-related or food science degree. For details, eligibility and application visit the State Fair Dairy Promo Board Scholarship web page.


Due Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 via mail. The Western Wisconsin Beef Producers will award $300 scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to end post-secondary education. Applicants must be or have an immediate family member that is in good standing of the Cooperative and be pursing education on an agricultural-related field. For details, eligibility and application, click here.

Horse Association

Due Sunday, March 1st, 2020 via mail. The Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association will award up to 6 scholarships to high school seniors or 1st year post-secondary students who have participated in the 4-H Horse & Pony Project for at least 4 consecutive years. Applicants must be pursuing higher education of any major. For details, eligibility and application, click here.


Due Monday, December 2nd, 2019 via mail. The Wisconsin Pork Association will award scholarships to high school seniors pursuing post-high school education. Preference is given to individuals who have been involved in and possess a sincere interest in the pork industry. For more information and a copy of the application, visit the Wisconsin Port Association scholarship website.

NEW THIS YEAR – Member Evaluation (ME) Forms

2020 State Trips Brochure

2020 State Trips Calendar

2020 State Trips Reference Guide

Anyone looking to receive Leaders Board trip and event scholarships for the 2019-2020 year has a new and easier process to follow! The Member Evaluation (ME) Form is now expanded to allow 4-H’ers to select all potential trips they are interested in for the entire year. It’s 1 form to be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 to assist the Leaders Board in making selections for delegates and travel scholarship recipients. It also helps us know who is planning to go to what.

In sum, even if you are still thinking or aren’t sure about going on a 4-H travel experience this year, get your ME Form by the October 1st deadline or you will not be considered for any Leaders Board funding if you change your mind throughout the 4-H year. Please contact the Extension La Crosse County office at 608-785-9593 or with any questions.

ME Form Instructions
ME Form Application (Word Doc)
ME Form Application (Fillable PDF)


Youth who show excellent leadership and involvement in 4-H may be eligible for county-wide awards. Below are the types of awards given at the annual Achievement Celebration. All nominations are due before September 1 of each year. If no nominations are given, county staff will make the selection. For more information on each award and for a nomination form, please click the name of the award.

This section is currently under construction. Awards will be linked once the forms are ready.

I Dare You AwardGiven to youth in 9th and 10th grades who show great potential in leadership.