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Legacy of Leadership Scholarship

A $1000 scholarship for 4-H members.

Legacy of Leadership Scholars are either seniors in high school or in an approved post-high school program (junior college, 4-year university, trade school, etc.) and a current 4-H member. A minimum of 5 years of 4-H participation is required. Winners are chosen by the State 4-H Office and a selection committee.

Meet one of our winners

Rachel Skelton

Rachel Skelton is a 10 year 4-H member from Logan County. She plans to attend Illinois State University this fall and study child psychology. Rachel serves on the 4-H Youth Leadership Team, represented Illinois at the National 4-H Congress in 2010, and was awarded the Illinois 4-H Key Award in 2011. Rachel said, “The foundation of hard work, community service, and teamwork I learned during my early years in 4-H have given me the knowledge and confidence to be involved in many organizations outside of my club.” Rachel’s scholarship sponsor is Farm Credit Services of Illinois.

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Previous Winners

Nomination Process

Applications must be complete and include the following:

  • Completed front page of personal information
  • Maximum of FOUR (4) typed pages, single-sided, that provide answers to questions included in the application
  • TWO written recommendation letters, enclosed in sealed envelopes with the applicant’s name on the front of the envelope and signature of the persons providing the recommendations across the seal on the back of the envelope. One recommendation must be from a 4-H volunteer OR a University of Illinois Extension staff member; the second recommendation must be from a high school or college staff member OR an individual from your community. Recommendation letters should NOT be from individuals related to the applicant. Recommendation letters should focus on leadership demonstrated and community involvement of the applicant.
  • Complete contact information on individuals who wrote recommendation letters, including verification of 4-H enrollment
  • An official transcript from your high school and your post-high school educational program, if currently enrolled in such a program

Download the Application from the Illinois 4-H site

Semi-finalists will be required to either participate in an interview or provide a self-made presentation on DVD. Final determination of the required procedures will be made by State 4-H Office after March 15. Interviews will only be conducted on specific dates as determined by the selection committee. Interviews will be videotaped for scoring by a selection committee at a later date.

Applications due March 1.