Serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties

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

What's it like in 4-H?

In 4-H, you get to decide what topics and projects interest you most. You make 4-H what you want it to be. Work on many projects or focus on one or two. Choose what events sound fun to you, and do them. In 4-H, you have an important role in making your community a better place to live, but you don’t have to do it alone. As a club, you’ll figure out what’s needed most in your neighborhood and find ways to help.

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
Click on this link to view the 4-H Clubs you can join in Mercer County.

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

Mercer County 4-H Awards

Continued Excellence Blue County Award

  • This Mercer County Continued Excellence Award is presented to those 4-H members who have completed the Illinois 4-H award application with continued excellence in their respective award curriculum category and have received a county award medal in that curriculum category in previous years. (Click here for Illinois 4-H Award Applications for Illinois 4-H Award Application that you complete for this awards as per the instructions above.)

County Award for Outstanding First Year IL 4-H Award Application

  • One boy and one girl are selected based on their IL 4-H Award Application. Applicants must be age 8-10 by September 1. Member should follow the IL 4-H Award Application instructions but are not required to answer the essay questions. Instead, include a 4-H Story for the award area in which you apply- A maximum of two pages (one side only) is allowed for the 4-H Story; First year applicants will be limited to member’s age 8-10 years old and applications can only include specific materials requested. The applications cannot include any Cloverbud materials, ribbons, newspaper clippings, or pictures. Cloverbuds (4-H'ers age 5-7) are not eligible to apply for this award until they are of traditional 4-H age
    (Click here for Illinois 4-H Award Application that you complete for these county awards as per the instructions above.)

Mercer County Top 4-H’er Award

  • 4-H’ers may apply for this award by completing the IL 4-H Award Application. If a member has received a score sheet the previous year that score sheet must also be submitted with the current year application Members must have at least 75% of total points possible to be eligible. 4-H members with the highest cumulative point total will receive the Top 4-H’er Award. There will be a maximum of 20 awards distributed.
    (Click here for Illinois 4-H Award Application that you complete for these county awards as per the instructions above.)

Mercer County Super 4-H’er

  • Any 4-H member who enrolls in 4 or more project areas and exhibits 4 or more projects at a Mercer County 4-H exhibition opportunity will receive an award. Results will be based on judges’ sheets from 4-H exhibition opportunities.

Outstanding Growth Award

  • 4-H members are nominated by leaders. Award recipients must show growth in skills and knowledge in a project area. Members must be 9-13 years old as of September 1. Leaders may nominate as many as they chose however, there is a limit of one per project area. The recipients of this award will receive a certificate.

Outstanding Club Secretary Award

  • The Secretary’s book should be submitted by the assigned deadline. Secretary’s books can be handwritten or computer generated. Award will be based on neatness and completeness. The first, second, and third place clubs receive an award.

Outstanding Club Treasurer’s Awards 

  • Club treasurers are responsible for entering transactions in the club checkbook and keeping the checkbook balanced.  The award is based on accuracy, completeness, and neatness. The first, second, and third place club treasurers receive an award.

Outstanding Club Reporter Award

To apply for a Reporter Award, the club reporter must have completed the following in the past year. The first and second and third place club reporters that meet the requirements will receive an award.

  • Submitted the high number of club report to the 4-H Newsletter
  • The reporter must have reported on at least 1 of their special events
  • Extra Points may be given for the following: 1) Club article published in different media outlets (i.e., local newspaper, facebook…) 2) Photos

Marvin Kottman Award

  • Mercer County members applying should be entering or having completed their senior year in high school. They must be involved in agriculture projects when applying. These project areas include Animal Science, Plants and Soils Sciences, Horticulture, and Natural Resources. A completed Marvin Kottman Award form is required for this award. Members may receive it only once.
    Click here for Marvin Kottman application

Emanuel Johnson Award

  • This award is given to a Mercer County 4-H’er that has never received the top 4-H’er award. Leaders nominate individuals who have provided leadership to the club and county by writing a short summary of support. Nominees should be entering their junior or senior year of high school.

Mercer County 4-H Club of the Year Award:

Top Records Club

  • This award will be given to the club with the highest percentage of members who complete the IL 4-H Award Application and submit them by the deadline.

4-H Club Fair Booth Award

  • During the 4-H Fair week, clubs construct a booth display of the members’ fair exhibits. The booths are judged on:  effort, originality, presentation, use of the 4-H logo, and individual club theme. First, second, and third places receive awards.

4-H Club Window Display Award 

  • During National 4-H Week, clubs throughout Mercer County put up window displays. The windows are judged on: use of theme, holds interest/draws attention, pleasing appearance, relativity to 4-H, originality/creativity, and gives 4-H contact information. First, second, and third places receive awards.
State 4-H Awards

Award deadlines moved up to November 1

IMPORTANT: The state deadline for the following awards has been changed to November 1.
Don’t miss your chance to apply.
Award applications are available online at go.illinois.edu/4Happly for:

  • Key Award
  • Experience Award
  • State 4-H Award
  • Vet Science Award
  • 4-H Leadership, Citizenship, and Professionalism Award

Click on the link below to apply: