WSU Extension

4-H Tuesday News

December 8, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Call for Abstracts – Academic Showcase
  • USEF Offers New Varsity Lettering Program for High School Equestrians
  • 2010 National 4-H Conference - Call for Workshop Proposals
  • Imagine Tomorrow, a Problem-Solving Competition for High School Students
  • Update from 4-H Million Trees Project


Scholarship Opportunities
--Jan Klein

Each year Washington State 4-H members, who are seniors in high school or completing their GED, are eligible for many scholarships. Please share the following information with eligible teens from your county. Note: there are two different sets of criteria for the scholarships.

Washington State 4-H is pleased to offer 15 different scholarships Current and former Washington State 4-H members are eligible to apply.  Applicants must have accumulated at least 2 years of 4-H affiliation.  Previous Washington State 4-H scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.

CAHNRS 4-H Scholarships:
In conjunction with the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, we are excited to offer four Washington State University 4-H $1500.00 scholarships: two for achievement in Leadership and two for achievement in Citizenship/Community Service.  Each of these scholarships is worth $1500.00 toward tuition in a student's freshman year at Washington State University. Applicants being considered for the Leadership and Citizenship/Community Service Scholarships will first be reviewed for the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Dean's Merit Award worth $3000.00.  To be eligible for these scholarships a youth must complete both the Washington State University Scholarship Application (online only) and the WSU/CAHNRS 4-H State Scholarship Supplemental Information (send to Britta Nitcy).  Applications must arrive at WSU by January 31, 2010.

Please note:
Washington State University Scholarship Application is ON-LINE ONLY. Applicant must complete a WSU application and receive a student ID PRIOR to applying for the Scholarship.

Washington State 4-H Scholarships:
Washington 4-H Scholarships require a completed 4-H Scholarship Application and Washington State 4-H Scholarship Supplemental Application Information. Each applicant will be considered for all Washington State 4-H Scholarships.  These applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2010.  These scholarships may be used at any institution offering post-secondary education (i.e. Seattle University, The Ohio State University, Technical and Community Colleges, Cosmetology school, etc.). A 4-Her may be awarded only one of the Washington scholarships mentioned below.

There are two different sets of requirements for the scholarships; one for the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and the other for general 4-H Scholarships.  Each has a checklist to make sure you don’t forget any part.  Much of the information is repeated in different ways on each (unfortunately, this is necessary because we are working with different systems).  Once you have completed the first form the others should be much easier!

In summary, the scholarships available are:

Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences State 4-H Scholarship: (Received by January 31, 2010 at WSU)

Washington State 4-H Scholarships: (Postmarked by March 1, 2010 to State 4-H Scholarship Committee, WSUE Spokane, PO Box 1495, SSCF #211, Spokane, WA 99210)

More information about WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences scholarships can be found at:

General information about financial aid and WSU scholarships can be found at:

The 4-H Scholarship Application form may be obtained from your local County Extension office or downloaded from the Washington State 4-H website:

If you have any questions about the scholarships please contact me at: 509-358-7937 or email    

Call for Abstracts – Academic Showcase

Call for Abstracts deadline is January 29.

President Elson S. Floyd and Provost Warwick M. Bayly invite Washington State University faculty, staff, and students to present original scholarship, research, and creative expression at the University's Academic Showcase.

Abstracts can be submitted until January 29, 2010. Learn more about submission guidelines. Submit abstract.

Accepted abstracts will be published online and participants will present their work at Academic Showcase from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 26 in Bohler Gym.

Academic Showcase is part of the all-day WSU Showcase event. Other activities include Celebrating Excellence, the University’s recognition banquet honoring faculty and staff, and the Distinguished Faculty Address.

USEF Offers New Varsity Lettering Program for High School Equestrians
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Lexington, KY – You don’t have to be a record-setting quarterback, point guard or track star to letter in high school sports anymore. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is writing a new chapter in the recognition of high school sports—one that honors Equestrian athletes. The USEF’s High School Equestrian Athlete program will offer specially designed emblems and pins, exclusively for equestrian athletes in grades 9-12.

“High school equestrians have earned their place among the most dedicated athletes,” shared John Long, USEF Chief Executive Officer. “Not only are they putting in long hours to train for and compete in the sport they love—they do so while taking the concept of teamwork to the highest level, forming a partnership with a horse to achieve their goals.

“Until now, most high school students haven’t had the opportunity to letter in equestrian, simply because there are so few school-sponsored programs,” Long continued. “We look forward to the beginning of a new tradition, where equestrians are able to earn the recognition they deserve, alongside their fellow athletes and classmates.”

The new High School Equestrian Athlete program is open to equestrian athletes in all breeds or disciplines who are enrolled in grades 9-12, and are currently USEF members, or become USEF members. The program will run June 1–May 31 of each year, and will honor those who document their training and competition involvement by awarding emblems and pins. These are designed to be worn on existing high school letterman’s jackets, or any jacket of the athlete’s choosing, as a rite of passage and symbol of achievement.

This new program requires enrollment and documentation prior to lettering. For more information, or to complete an enrollment application, simply visit this link on the USEF Youth Programs page at

Please note: Current Seniors are offered the opportunity to enroll by January 29, 2010, and complete the requirements by May 31, 2010, to earn their letters on a shortened schedule. For more information on the USEF’s High School Equestrian Athlete Program, please contact Mary Vance via e-mail at

2010 National 4-H Conference - Call for Workshop Proposals
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

4-H National Headquarters, the federal leader of 4-H within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2010 National 4-H Conference.

National 4-H Conference is the flagship educational leadership experience for youth 4-H members (15-19yrs.) who are actively engaged in 4-H programs across the U.S and its territories.  National 4-H Conference provides an exciting opportunity for 4-H youth to learn and share resources with 4-H peers and collaborators across the nation.  The conference brings together the resources of the 4-H program and Land-Grant University System with the youth, adult volunteers, Extension staff/faculty and collaborators who build and sustain effective programs for 4-H youth.  Each year, one of the 4-H Mission Mandates is highlighted as the overall focus of National 4-H Conference.  In 2010, the conference focus will be the mission mandate – Citizenship.

Information and submission instructions.  The deadline for submitting proposals is February 12, 2010.

Imagine Tomorrow, a Problem-Solving Competition for High School Students

High school students can win thousands of dollars in prize money for themselves and their schools. Help students bring their ideas to life.

More than $100,000 in cash will be awarded to high school students and their schools in Imagine Tomorrow, Washington State University's annual problem-solving competition.

How would you power the energy revolution?
Have your students team up and present their ideas to address the world's energy problems. It doesn't matter if a student's strongest subject is science, social studies, business, engineering, or art and design—their viewpoint matters in Imagine Tomorrow.

Previous contestants and advisors have called Imagine Tomorrow " a life-changing experience," and "a launching pad." Last year's Grand Prize winners took home a total of $30,000, including $5,000 for their school, thanks to Imagine Tomorrow sponsors.

On May 21-23, 2010, join competing high school teams from throughout Washington in Imagine Tomorrow, held on the WSU Pullman campus. There's no registration fee, just a chance to win thousands of dollars for your students and your school. Visit  for further information and power up your ideas to win.

Update from 4-H Million Trees Project
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
--Tom Webber, Project Leader
--Laura Webber, Teen Leader

Thanks to your support, since 4HMT started in 2008: 26,261 youth in 42 states and provinces have planted 73,385 trees.   

"Every Day is a Good Day to Plant a Tree"

Recent Publicity

Recently 4HMT Teen Leader, Laura Webber, delivered a major speech at the California State 4-H Leaders Forum to publicize 4HMT and encourage all 4-H youth to start large community service projects in their passion areas.  The benefits to the youth leaders are great, and as the project grows, the opportunities multiply.  For example, Laura was recently selected to run a leg in the Vancouver Winter Olympics Torch Relay (  She will use this opportunity to raise awareness of this climate change project, and invite more people to participate and register their trees online at  Please see the article on the National 4-H website at, and keep an eye out for another article on 4-H youth torchbearers to be published soon.  Please encourage all 4-Hers to start their own service-learning project.

4HMT was recently featured on the national TV show, Eco-Company.  Please check the segment at or

4HMT Announcements
Habitat for Humanity Partnership .  Thanks to the Lubeck Lucky Clovers 4-H Club in West Virginia, 4HMT established an understanding with Habitat for Humanity so 4-H clubs across the U.S. can partner with their local HFH affiliates to plant trees at recently completed homes.  HFH and 4HMT are both announcing this partnership this week, and 4-Hers are encouraged to contact the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate now to organize future planting events.  Enter your Zip code at to obtain the telephone number.

Tree Planting Locations.  People have asked for suggestions on planting locations.  Schools, parks, and backyards are excellent places, but imagination is really the key to identify great planting spots.  Fortunately kids have great imaginations, and they come up with excellent ideas.  For example,

The key is to identify a good planting location, and then the youth need take organizational responsibility to make the events successful.  Please let us know about your innovative tree planting locations.

Funding for Trees
Local conservations districts are an excellent source for 4-Hers to obtain trees, sometimes for free.  For example, Gerry Snapp of Missouri 4-H established the Missouri State 4-H Million Trees Project, and arranged for 4-H clubs to obtain free trees through their conservation districts.  We encourage all states to start their own 4HMT.  Please check Gerry's work at, and E-mail with questions.

Learning to write proposals is an excellent life skill, and 4HMT provides 4-H youth an excellent opportunity to write grant proposals to fund their planting events.  Please contact 4HMT to obtain help in this area.

Thanks for supporting the 4-H Million Trees Project. 


Just a Reminder!

When you have new Extension staff that will be working in some capacity with 4-H, please let Nancy in the State 4-H Office know. They will be added to mailing lists, added to the 4-H Talk list serve, sent a 4-H Welcome Packet, and be assigned a state 4-H staff person as a point of contact, as appropriate. 4-H News is sent via the 4-H Talk list serve each week. Archived copies of previous weeks “Tuesday 4-H News” are available on the 4-H web site: Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.

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