Florida 4-H recognizes member excellence through scholarship program

During the annual Florida 4-H University program held July 31 to August 3 on the University of Florida campus, the Florida 4-H Foundation was honored to present more than $67,000 in scholarship support recognizing member achievement through national trip awards and educational scholarships. The livestream of the event can be viewed online.

An additional $14,400 in 4-HU registration scholarships were awarded to help members attend the overnight program. These include the Sellers First-Time Attendee, Florida Farm Bureau Young Leaders First-Time Attendee, Dr. Nick Place Leadership, Chris Tompkins Leadership Legacy, and Gator Nation Giving Day scholarships.

Sixteen members were recognized with National Trip Award Scholarships to serve as Florida 4-H delegates to National 4-H Congress and Conference. These members will represent Florida as they share their perspectives and further develop their leadership skills. Registration and travel expenses are sponsored by the Florida 4-H Foundation with support from donors and the Colleen W. McCreary 4-H Endowment.

National 4-H Congress Delegates | November 2023, Atlanta GA (pictured in header image)
  • Selasi Nukunya, Alachua County
  • Ashley Simmons, Orange County
  • AseyeShika Nukunya, Alachua County
  • Kailee Roach, Hillsborough County
  • Jocelyn Wood, Pinellas County
  • Samantha Hall, Jefferson County
  • Laney Clarke, Escambia County
  • Andrew Jordan, Orange County
  • Ryan Clarke, Escambia County
  • Connor Lommerse, Seminole County
National 4-H Conference Delegates | April 2024, Washington DC
  • National 4-H Conference Delegates with Foundation President Ronda Banner and State Program Leader Stacey Ellison. UF/IFAS 2023
    Taylor Thigpen, Clay County
  • Tucker Padgett, Escambia County
  • Madelyn Goss, Escambia County
  • Helena Peterson, St. Johns County
  • Ava Chauvette, Escambia County
  • Kailee Dunlap, Escambia County

Florida 4-H Educational Scholarships recognize member achievement in 4-H, and support the next steps in their educational career through accredited university, college and technical/trade programs. These scholarships are possible through the generous support of 4-H alumni and friends. These scholarships honor the legacies of 4-H members, alumni, professionals and partners.

Florida 4-H Presidential Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Carolyn Wolking, Alachua County

UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 4-H Scholarship ($1,000 renewable for total value of up to $4,000)

  • Brianna Calvo, Hendry County
  • Hayden Hawes, Broward County alumnus

Fred and Mabel Barber 4-H Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Selasi Nukunya, Alachua County
  • Benjamin Wolking, Alachua County

Dr. Freddie Johnson Memorial 4-H Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Heather Owen, Lake County
  • Maya Miller, Marion County

Tampa Bay Kennel Club 4-H Dog Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Isabel Perez, Charlotte County

Lakeland Winter Haven Kennel Club 4-H Dog Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Lydia Sharp, Marion County
  • Emma Norstrem, Nassau County

Nettie Ruth Brown 4-H Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Reagan Elia, Clay County

Ruth Milton 4-H Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Sophia Laver, Leon County

T.G. Williamson Memorial 4-H Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Regan Varnes, Levy County
  • Katie Howard, DeSoto County

Terry Floyd 4-H Memorial Scholarship ($500)

  • Andrew Jordan, Orange County
  • Annika Hoefler, Orange County
  • Jaden Lugo, Orange County
  • Lauren Higgins, Orange County
  • Statewide: Alaina Blair, Gilchrist County

Jared Padgett 4-H Excellence Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Samantha Harper, Putnam County

Teki Hinton Ericson 4-H Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Kailee Roach, Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County 4-H Foundation Youth Excellence Scholarship ($1,000)

George and Carolyn Richardson congratulate recipient Will Ward along with Hal Porter at 4-HU Senior Awards Banquet. UF/IFAS 2023
  • Elizabeth Sutton, Hillsborough County

Hal Porter 4-H Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Will Ward, Citrus County

Florida CattleWomens 4-H Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Kaitlyn Eubanks, Alachua County

Alden Hilliker Memorial 4-H Scholarship ($500)

  • Isabely Gomez, Hendry County

Dr. Bobby Leon Damron 4-H Memorial Scholarship ($500)

  • Gabriela Diaz, Osceola County
  • Maria Feliciano, Alachua County, in memory of Dan Cates of Texas, brother-in- law to Vera and Bobby Damron

Dallas C. Osborne 4-H Horsemanship Scholarship ($500)

  • Emma Norstem, Nassau County

Florida 4-H Horseman of the Year Scholarship ($800)

  • Heather Owen, Lake County

Platt Memorial 4-H Scholarship ($500)

  • Anna Katherine Risalvato, Bay County
  • Diana Ward, Citrus County 4-H alumna

Dr. Debbie Nistler 4-H Scholarship ($500)

  • Hayden Moak, Marion County

Dr. Thomas and Earlece Greenawalt 4-H Scholarship ($500)

  • Sydney Alexander, Lee County
Nistler Scholarship recipient with scholarship sponsor Vaughn Wilson of Mega Ace Media. UF/IFAS 2023

Recipients are selected through the Florida 4-H Scholarship Application process, open April 1 to June 1 each year. Applicants submit a cover letter and skills based resume along with references in order to advance to the interview round. Youth are eligible to apply for National Trip Awards when they become a senior 4-H member at age 14. Academic scholarships are primarily awarded to graduating seniors and 4-H alumni.

Interested in supporting a Florida 4-H Youth Scholarship? Contact Caylin Hilton at grow4H@ifas.ufl.edu.




4-H is the youth development program of the land-grant university system and Cooperative Extension System. 4-H provides hands-on educational experiences for youth ages five to 18 with the objective of developing youth as individuals, and as responsible and productive citizens. In Florida, 4-H is administered by University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Florida A&M University. Learn more at florida4h.org.


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Posted: August 10, 2023

Category: 4-H & Youth, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: 4-H, 4-H Alumni, 4-H Scholarship, 4-H Youth Development, IFAS Extension, Scholarship, UF/IFAS Extension, Youth Development

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