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
  • Working on their leadership potential

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 group! Join in the next meeting (below) to see what it’s all about!

Interested in becoming an Ambassador for the next 4-H year? All youth going into grades 7 and up are invited to apply! Applications are due to the Extension La Crosse County office by September 30th. Current Ambassadors who wish to continue on for the next year should submit their intent to continue in writing to LaCrosseCounty4H@lacrossecounty.org by October 1st.

Ambassador Application (Word Doc)
Ambassador Application (Fillable PDF)


Scholarships 

 

WI 4-H Foundation

Due March 15th via email at 5:00 p.m. The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $15,000 in scholarships to students based on demonstrated personal growth through 4-H, development and leadership in 4-H, 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 March 1st. 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 2021. Handwritten applications will not be accepted! For details, eligibility and application, click here. For a word document, click here.

Agricultural Society

Due April 1st 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 2021. For details, eligibility and application, click here.

Shooting Sports Scholarship

Due April 1st via mail. The La Crosse County 4-H Shooting Sports Project will award 2 scholarships of varying amounts to current high school juniors and seniors who participate in the La Crosse County 4-H Shooting Sports Project. For details, eligibility and application, click here.

State Fair Dairy Promotion Board

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.

WWBP

Due April 1st 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 March 1st 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.

WPA

Due December 1st 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.


Member Evaluation (ME) Forms

State Trips Reference

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 September 30 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 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 LaCrosseCounty4H@lacrossecounty.org with any questions.

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


Awards/Recognition

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.