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The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation plans to award more than $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin students pursuing undergraduate degrees in 2016. To be considered for financial support, applications must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation by March 15, 2016.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth, development and leadership, academic performance, financial need and future educational goals.

'The generosity of our donors makes these scholarships possible,' said Brenda Scheider, Director of Development for the Foundation.

Changes have been made to the application process to make it easier and more efficient for students to apply. To apply, interested 4-H youth need to submit an application consisting of a resume, cover letter, list of 4-H projects in which participated and recent photo, preferably at a 4-H event or working on a 4-H project.

Applications should be limited to three pages and, along with the photo, submitted to and received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation on or before March 15, 2016. All applications must be submitted by email to info@wis4hfoundation.org.

To be eligible for these scholarships, students must: have been a 4-H member for at least one year; have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; be enrolled or planning to enroll in a university, college or technical school during the 2016-2017 academic school year.

'The generous support of our donors allows us to recognize and provide financial assistance to numerous students throughout the state,' said Jim Reid, president of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. 'Awarding these scholarships is one way the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation continues its mission to invest in positive development of 4-H youth by helping them obtain their long-term goals of higher education.'

Two teams of youth development professionals will review the applications and select finalists. The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation then will assign available scholarships to the top-ranking applications based on individual scholarship criteria.

Applicants awarded scholarships will be notified by mail in May.

For additional information on the 2016 Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships, visit www.Wis4HFoundation.org or contact the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation at 608-262-1597 or info@Wis4HFoundation.org.

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