MANHATTAN — Kansas 4-H members and alumni are eligible to apply for $200,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year. The newly established Vanier Family Scholarship Program provides financial and experiential support to young Kansas leaders pursuing all levels of post-secondary education.
The Vanier Family Scholarship Program was established through the generous support of Jack and Donna Vanier.
“Our three kids benefitted greatly from 4-H, and we’re delighted to support outstanding Kansas 4-H members as they pursue their education,” the Vaniers said.
The goal of the program is to enhance strong leadership skills already exhibited by Kansas 4-H members by investing in their educational endeavors. Potential recipients are recognized leaders and role models within their home communities who have balanced “greater than usual” demands. These young people might have educational opportunities beyond their current financial means.
To apply, students must enter an accredited academic program in the 2016-17 academic year as a full-time undergraduate student. They must have been an active Kansas 4-H member for a minimum of three years and have demonstrated leadership ability or be a Key Award winner. Community and technical college students can receive $7,000, and students pursuing baccalaureate degrees can receive $12,000.
“The Vanier Family Scholarship Program will help 4-H members link the knowledge and skills developed through their 4-H projects to their career interests and aspirations,” said Barbara Stone, assistant director, KSRE and department head, 4-H Youth Development. “The profound impact of this scholarship will be realized as these 4-H alumni, as young adults, become outstanding employees, employers with integrity, active community leaders and individuals that reflect the 4-H values in their families, home and community.”
Online applications and reference forms are due by July 15. Finalists will be interviewed and the inaugural class of the Vanier Family Scholarship Program will be notified by Aug. 1. Apply at www.kansas4-h.org/resources/4-h-library/awards-and-recognition/Vanier-Family-Scholarship.html or contact Sarah Keatley at the Kansas State 4-H Office for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 532-5800).
“One day, these scholarship recipients will decide to provide the same type of support they once received and the legacy will continue,” said Jake Worcester, president of the Kansas 4-H Foundation. “The investment being made through the Vanier Family 4-H Scholars Program will yield tremendous returns. The leadership skills, career aspirations, and service opportunities provided to the youth of Kansas through 4-H establishes a strong foundation for continued growth and development. It is our honor to partner with the Vanier Family in supporting these young leaders and their pursuit of higher education.
The Kansas 4-H Foundation was established in 1952 to provide services and private-sector support to Kansas 4-H. The foundation owns and operates the Rock Springs 4-H Center, owns the Clovia Scholarship House at Kansas State University, and provides private 4-H funding for grants, awards, trips, internships and scholarships.