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Financial Assistance for 2018 National Trips

This year we expanded the scholarship assistance program offered by the SD 4-H Leaders as follows:

A $50 scholarship is available to any SD 4-Her that was chosen at the state level for competing at the national level, where the trip is not funded by SD 4-H. This specifically excludes teams competing at Denver because this trip is funded by LITF (Livestock Industry Trust Fund). Trips specified to be eligible for the $50 scholarship are:

  1. National 4-H Shooting Sports Event in Grand Island, NE in June 2018 – teams competing in Air Pistol, Air Rifle, 22 Rifle, 22 Pistol, Compound Archery, Recurve Archery, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Hunting Skills
  2. National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in Madison, WI in Sep/Oct 2018 – Dairy Judging team
  3. North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY in November 2018 – Livestock Judging Team
  4. National Land & Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, OK in May 2018 – Land Judging team and Range Judging team

4-H members are required to attend the contest, come back and report on the trip to 2 groups, and then submit the request for the $50 scholarship.


Here’s how it works:

*Step 1 – Attend the event!

*Step 2 – Tell 2 groups about your trip. You may choose to tell your 4-H Club, your FFA chapter, a class at school, etc. Spread the word about the great opportunity you had to compete at the national level in 4-H!

*Step 3 – Complete the application form with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2018.


Please be sure to complete all parts of the form! You must answer the “what did you learn” section and sign it!


Financial Assistance - for 2018 4-H Ambassadors

The SD 4-H Leaders expanded the scholarship assistance program this year to provide a $50 scholarship to assist with travel and clothing expenses for 4-H Ambassadors.  

Here’s how it works:

*Step 1 – You were chosen as a 4-H Ambassador!

*Step 2 – Tell 2 groups about your Ambassador role and plans. You may choose to tell your 4-H Club, your FFA chapter, a class at school, etc. Spread the word about this great opportunity!

*Step 3 – Complete the App-AmbassadorScholarship.pdf with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2018.

4-H Camp (Poinsett, Bob Marshall, TLC, Performing Arts) Assistance - for 2018

The SD 4-H Leaders provide financial assistance scholarship to 4-H members who attend a 4-H camp, Performing Arts or TLC. The scholarship amount for 4-H Camp (Poinsett and Bob Marshall) is $25. The requirement for receiving the scholarship is that the camper needs to tell one group about camp. The application is due by December 31st.

The scholarship amount for Performing Arts or TLC Assistance is $50. The requirement for receiving the scholarship is that the 4-H'er needs to tell two groups about camp. The application is due by December 31st.

Camp Assistance Form 2018

Here is how the scholarship program works.


  • Step 1 – Register for the 2018 camp and pay the full camp fees.
  • Step 2 – Attend camp and have a great time!!
  • Step 3 – Tell a group about camp. For the $25 4-H Camp scholarship, tell one group. For the $50 TLC or Performing Arts Camp scholarship tell two groups.
  • Step 4 - Complete the camp assistance/scholarship application form with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt.

Mini-Grants - for 2018-2019 4-H Year
The SD 4-H Leaders provide Mini-Grants to use for projects by a county or District.  The criteria for awarding funds is based on:
   * Potential for youth involvement in the planning and implementation of the project.
   * Potential impact on addressing youth issues at a local level through either a traditional or nontraditional setting.
   * Potential for increasing life skill outcomes for youth.* Potential for reaching expanded youth audiences e.g. at-risk low income, single parent families, other cultures, disabled, etc.
   * Potential for transitioning new youth audiences into more “traditional” or ongoing 4-H programs.

The application is due by December 31st.


State Fair Results

Find all the State Fair results on iGrow!!

New Shirt Logos for 2018 State Fair Roll-Out

We were excited to offer new shirt logos for the 2018 State Fair! Congratulations to the two winning entries from our logo contest submitted by Clara Fink and Jackie Kessler! If you weren't able to make it to the State Fair, you can still order your shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt, polo, jacket, or even hat!! The new logos are below and you can find older logos as well as all the shirt style/color options on our shirt page: T-Shirts & Hoodies
Here is the link to the
order form. If you want a hat, under t-shirt style put hat - pick your color and quantity. We just have the one logo choice.



Judging 4-H Cookies & Bars

Here is the first of the training videos from SD 4-H Leaders.
Link to the video
Link to a document with more information that could be printed for reference http://www.southdakota4hleaders.com/Judging/JudgingCookies.pdf
We hope that this video (and the ones to come) will be a good resource for judges, as well as for our families preparing the exhibits.

South Dakota 4-H Leader Meeting News

We are going to begin placing a news summary of our regular SD 4-H Leaders Association Board Meeting on the website. Here are the last three meetings.

February 24, 2018 Meeting
April 9, 2018 Meeting
May 21, 2018 Meeting

State Fair Book 2018

The 2018 State Fair book is uploaded to iGrow and you will find the direct link here: http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4000-2018.pdf. You will find many helpful resources from the State Fair page on iGrow here http://igrow.org/4h/south-dakota-4h/state-fair.

South Dakota 4-H Events & Deadlines

Check back here regularly for event dates and deadlines http://igrow.org/4h/south-dakota-4h/south-dakota-state-4-h-events-deadlines

Exhibit Hall Fundraising

Kudos to so many of you for a tremendous job at fundraising, donations and support of the new Exhibit Hall! How wonderful it was to use the building this year during the SD State Fair!
Currently, our new overall State Fair Foundation campaign total is over $4.37 million towards the $4.7 million goal! We encourage you to continue your efforts, and if you have not made a commitment, respectfully ask that you work towards that.
From the SD State Fair Foundation page http://www.sdstatefairfoundation.com, you will find updated totals, Exhibit hall information including layout plans, a campaign booklet link, and the link to the "red brochure" that includes the donation/brick form.
Here is more information:
SD 4-H is on Facebook!!

Click here to find SD 4-H on Facebook and find the latest information revolving around 4-H activities in SD.

here to find SD 4-H Leaders Association on Facebook!


Rural Youth Loan Program

Here is information about the Rural Youth Loan Program available to 4-H members. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual rural youths age 10 through 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects. The project must be of modest size, educational, and initiated, developed and carried out by rural youths participating in 4-H clubs, FFA, or a similar organization. For more information, leaders should contact their local FSA Office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.


A one page fact sheet is available at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/loanyouth.pdf.

Farm Credit has a similar program available for youth loans! You will find information on their website http://www.myaglender.com/youth-loans_5152_ct.aspx


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