Serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties

What's it like in 4-H?

In 4-H, you’re part of a family working together. At club meetings, you’ll learn how to get along with others as you build your skills and help your community. In 4-H, you’ll meet adults who care about you and want to help you succeed. 4-H matches you with mentors who will coach you in areas like problem solving, communicating, and teamwork. 4-H introduces you to potential careers and then gives you the training to get the career you want.

Local Mercer County 4-H Clubs

Interested in joining 4-H? Just fill out this online 4-H interest form and we'll get back to you!
Click on this link to view the 4-H Clubs you can join in Mercer County.

Mercer County 4-H newsletters

Below are links to the 4-H Insight monthly newsletter - keeping our members, leaders and families up to date on the news, events, activities, deadlines and opportunities happening each month!

September 2020 Newsletter

August 2020 Newsletter

June 2020 Newsletter

May 2020 Clover Chronicle Newsletter

April 2020 Clover Chronicle Newsletter

March 2020 Clover Chronicle Newsletter

February 2020 Clover Chronicle Newsletter

January 2020 Clover Chronicle Newsletter

Local Events, Workshops, and Deadlines

Here are the 4-H Recognition Program 2020 Deadlines & Information for Mercer County 4-H

2020 Awards pictures

 

Illinois 4-H offers a wide range of recognition opportunities for every type of 4-H involvement. DOWNLOAD THE OVERVIEW and learn about all the award opportunities. Deadline for individual awards for the 2019-20 4-H year is November 1, 2020. Club Award and Experience Award applications must be submitted from your local Extension office, so check with your office for their deadline! The Illinois 4-H Sustaining the Future of Agriculture Award application and Illinois 4-H Scholarships are submitted electronically directly to the State 4-H office. This deadline is for the following: 4-H Experience Awards (Diamond and Emerald levels only), Illinois 4-H Sustaining the Future of Agriculture Award Award, and Illinois 4-H Scholarships. Deadline for the club awards is October 1, 2020. 

  • ENGAGE...is the basic recognition a member receives just by being part of the program. There isn't any application process to win... you simply get it for being you! This recognition happens at your club and county program and might include things such as a welcoming message in the newsletter, a shout out on social media, a 4-H membership card, t-shirt, or other special treat.
  • EXPERIENCE...offers recognition for members who participate in activities and events. There is always lots you can do as a 4-H member ranging from club activities to national events. There is no limit to the number of members who can achieve each level... if you do the work, you get the award.
  • EXCEL...is where competition kicks in. At this level, you will be competing against other 4-H members for a very limited number of top awards. There is a chance you may win, and there is a chance you may not win. Be sure you understand that before you apply.

Any 4-H member, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or disability may compete in county and state 4-H award programs.

Click on the link below to apply:

The Mercer County 4-H local Scholarship opportunities are listed below.

For state 4-H opportunities, visit this website to apply for the following: 

  • State Fair Jr. Horse Show Scholarship (due Sept 15)
  • Illinois 4-H Legacy of Leadership Scholarship
  • Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship
  • Superior Young Producer Scholarship Program

Mercer County 4-H Scholarships

Erin Neuleib Memorial Horse Scholarship
These application forms must be completed and postmarked by October 1 of the year applying

  1. This scholarship is ONLY available to youth who are completing their LAST ELIGIBLE year as a horse project member in either 4-H or FFA. The applicant must have exhibited at the Mercer County Fair 4-H Horse Show at least twice in the last four years and have been a horse project member of Mercer County 4-H for at least three years.
  2. The scholarship amount and the number of recipients shall be determined annually by the Erin Neuleib Memorial Fund Committee.
  3. The scholarship can only be used for educational purposes: college, university, and trade school. Proof of enrollment, registration/attendance, will be required to receive scholarship monies.

For an application, click here for the Erin Neuleib Memorial Horse Scholarship application.

Complete the application and return it to:
Erin Neuleib Memorial 4-H Scholarship
c/o Sandy Neuleib
662 320th St., New Windsor, IL 61465

These application forms must be completed and postmarked by October 1 of the year applying. The following criteria will be used as a means of selecting the recipient(s) of the scholarships: Years of Involvement 15%; 4-H Horse-related Activities, (ex. Horse Bowl, Hippology, Horse Judging, etc.)  20% 4-H Horse Show Accomplishments 15%; 4-H Leadership 15% Horse Industry Involvement 15%; Educational Plans 10%; Grade Point Average 10%.

Patti Jeanne Higgins 4-H Scholarship
Completed Application due on or before 3:30 PM on March 15.

  1. The scholarship shall be for one year, available to high school seniors or persons enrolled in the first year of college, university, technical or vocational school.
  2. Two (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded each year.
  3. Applicant must be a resident of Mercer or Warren County.
  4. Applicant must have been actively involved in 4-H for a minimum of three (3) years.
  5. Preference will be given to applicants who are or were a member of the Alexis All-Star 4-H   Club.
  6.  Applicant may attend any college, university, technical or vocational school.
  7. Applicant is required to verify acceptance to or present enrollment at a college or university   prior to receiving the grant.
  8. Applicant shall be required to submit a written application, which will be provided.
  9. The selection committee will make its decision in early May.

In addition to eligibility guidelines, the following will be considered in selecting recipients:

  • Academic performance and honors
  • Rank in class
  • ACT score
  • Financial need
  • Character and personality:  Consideration shall be given to maturity; industriousness and motivation; intellectual interest; moral character; and demonstrated leadership.

Click here to apply for the Patti Jeanne Higgins 4-H Scholarship

UPON COMPLETION OF THIS APPLICATION, MAIL the application form, transcripts and personal references to
Patti Jeanne Higgins 4-H Scholarship
c/o Mercer County Extension Office
910 13th Street, Viola, IL 61486

Mercer County 4-H Memorial Scholarship
Deadline for the application is March 15th

  1. Scholarship amount and number of recipients shall be determined annually by the scholarship committee (amount will be at least $500).
  2. Applicants must be an active member of a Mercer County 4-H Club and a high school senior (or in their last year of 4-H).
  3. Preference will be given to applicants who have enrolled in and exhibited general projects.
  4. Scholarship is intended for educational purposes at a college, university or trade school.  Proof of enrollment and registration will be required to receive the scholarship money.
  5. Deadline for the application is March 15th. Send application and high school transcript to the Mercer County Extension Office, 910 13th Street, Viola, IL 61486 

Criteria for Scoring the Application (and percentage of total score for each area):

  • Years of 4-H Involvement:  15%
  • 4-H Project Accomplishments:  15%
  • Leadership Experience:  20%
  • School, Church and/or Community Involvement:  15%
  • Community Service Record:  15%
  • Employment Experiences:  10%
  • GPA/Class Ranking:  10%

Click here to complete the Mercer County 4-H Memorial Scholarship

UPON COMPLETION OF THIS APPLICATION, MAIL it to
Mercer County 4-H Memorial Scholarship
c/o Mercer County Extension Office
910 13th Street, Viola, IL 61486

Phyllis Nelson Memorial Livestock Scholarship
Application due by June 15

Application guidelines:

  • $250 Scholarship will be awarded to a High School Senior or student currently enrolled in college. 
  • Must be a current Mercer County 4-H Member
  • Must be a livestock exhibitor

Click here for the Phillis Nelson Memorial Livestock Scholarship Application

UPON COMPLETION OF THIS APPLICATION,  due by June 15, MAIL to:
Katie Laleman
16754 E 1600 Street
Geneseo, IL 61254
or email keboruff@hotmail.com

The fair and judging of projects is complete! Great job to all of our youth who exhibited. You can see the results including photos, videos and project reports from this year's Mercer County 4-H Virtual Fair Results Here

Mercer County 4-H Virtual Fair

 

Mercer County 4-H has a year like no other!

4-H has always been about innovation and resilience and this year especially, 4-H members, families, volunteers and staff have risen to the occasion.

We are proud of our 4-Hers and what they have accomplished.

Check out the 2020 Mercer County 4-H Recap newsletter
Read about 4-H in 2020, the Virtual 4-H Fair, and how you can support the program!

 
 
Mercer County 4-H 2020 Recap