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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

Alyssa Zimmer

Serving as a Teen Teacher for the past few summers, Alyssa has connected with other teens, improved her leadership skills, and helped those in her community learn to be more conscious of their food decisions. She uses creative and fun ways to communicate with others. She developed a successful curriculum by selecting activities that would teach the objectives she wanted to get across. The challenge helped her grow and apply her knowledge in her daily life.

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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.