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Making MSU (the best) better

I continue to marvel at how effective our 4-H Youth Development programs are at preparing young people for success in higher education. And one of the biggest beneficiaries of that effectiveness is our own university, Michigan State. Not only are Michigan 4-H youth more likely to go on for post-high school education than their peers, they are more likely to apply to and enroll at MSU than the average Michigan high school graduate, and they are more likely to graduate on time than the average MSU freshman. Part of the formula for this success is simply communicating to youth throughout our programs that higher education is in their best long-term career interest and helping them to build the self-confidence that they can succeed in college.

So an email yesterday from Laura Potter, educational program events coordinator for the Children and Youth Institute, showed further evidence that our 4-H’ers are getting the message. Laura’s email went out to all staff in the Children and Youth Institute, but I thought it merits going more widely to our MSU Extension community, so here’s some great news:

“It’s my pleasure to announce the MSUE 4-H youth recipients of the MSU Pre-College Scholarship for 2013-14. A total of 61 scholarships were awarded by MSU Admissions and 90% went to 4-H pre-college program participants from 33 counties in 12 of the 13 MSUE districts! Recipients receive a $2,000 scholarship applied to their first year at MSU as a degree-seeking student. Letters were sent yesterday from MSU Admissions to all applicants informing them of whether or not they were selected.”

Congratulations to those who received their scholarships and to those parents, volunteers and MSU Extension staff who help them to see the value of college in their future!

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4-H youth dominate 8th Grade MSU Pre-College Scholarships

It is truly a pleasure to brag about the Michigan State University Extension 4-H youth recipients of the 8th grade Michigan State University (MSU) Pre-College Program Scholarship for 2010. Of the 47 scholarships awarded, 45 went to MSUE 4-H youth! In fact, of the 407 MSU Pre-College Scholarships awarded since 2004, 4-H youth have received 287 or 70.5 percent of the total awarded.

 To be eligible to apply, kids have to have attended a pre-college program and be recommended for consideration through that program’s director. Youth who have attended 4-H Exploration Days or 4-H Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp are recommended through Judy Ratkos. Recipients receive a $2,000 scholarship applied to their first year at MSU as a degree-seeking student. If you had recipients from your county, please encourage them to send a thank-you note to the MSU Admissions Director, Mr. James Cotter, using the contact information included in their selection letter.

 If you like numbers, and even if you don’t, get a load of 4-H’s track record in earning scholarships by looking at these statistics:

 2003 awardees (2002 pre-college program participants) – college freshmen 2007-08: (A small number of ninth graders were awarded scholarships; they would have been college freshmen 2006-07.)This was the first year the pre-college scholarship was awarded. 4-H had no applicants that year since we didn’t yet know about the scholarship.

 2004 – Recipients were college freshmen 2008-09: 34 4-H participants awarded the scholarship – all Exploration Days. 4-H Great Lakes Natural Resources (GLNR) Camp wasn’t considered a “pre-college program” until 2005. 12 attending MSU as of Sept. 2009, entered as freshmen.

 2005 – Recipients were college freshmen 2009-10: 34 4-H participants selected – 30 from Exploration Days; 4 from GLNR Camp. 8 attending MSU as of Sept. 2009, entered as freshmen

 2006 – Recipients will be college freshmen 2010-11: (This will be the first year we could see transfer students from those who attended two years of community college.) 44 4-H participants selected – 41 Exploration Days; 3 GLNR Camp

 2007 – Recipients will be college freshmen 2011-12: 41 4-H participants selected – 37 Explorations Days; 4 GLNR Camp

 2008 – Recipients will be college freshmen 2012-13: 32 4-H participants selected – 30 Exploration Days; 2 GLNR Camp

 2009 – Recipients will be college freshmen 2013-14: 57 4-H participants selected – 53 Exploration Days; 4 GLNR Camp

 2010 – Recipients will be college freshmen 2014-15: 45 4-H participants selected – 40 Exploration Days; 5 GLNR Camp

 Up until this year, 60 MSU Pre-College Program Scholarships have been awarded annually. For 2010, fewer were selected (only 47 recipients) to help position MSU Admissions for changes to the scholarship eligibility, which will create a less predictable usage rate. Final details will be determined before summer programs begin in June, but thus far MSU Admissions has announced plans to both broaden the number of students that apply and limit the number that apply per program. The new eligibility range will be students entering eighth to 10th grade following their pre-college program involvement. The number of applicants each pre-college program can nominate will likely be based on a percentage of the number of eligible students that participate in each program.

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4-H’ers dominate MSU pre-college scholarship program

Five years ago Michigan State University began making scholarship money available to 8th graders who attend pre-college events on campus. The ever-popular 4-H Exploration Days and 4-H Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp are the two 4-H events through which youth can qualify for these scholarships. Of the 61 scholarships awarded in 2008, 57 went to 4-H youth! If these young people are accepted for admission and choose to enroll at MSU after they graduate from high school, $2,000 will be applied to their first year’s tuition.

I can’t begin to name all the people, staff and volunteers, who make 4-H Exploration Days and 4-H Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp successes. It takes many hands to pull together so many classes, activities and chaperones. I’ve met volunteers who give up a week’s vacation in order to drive a school bus, chaperone in the dormitories and teach classes at Exploration Days or serve as leaders at Great Lakes Camp. Their efforts pay off with outcomes like this!

4-H Exploration Days gives youth a chance to try their hand at new things--including lab experiments.

4-H Exploration Days gives youth a chance to try their hand at new things--including lab experiments. Michelle Lavra photo.

I frequently cite the perennial dominance of 4-H’ers in this scholarship competition as evidence that we’re doing something right in 4-H. Exploration Days gives them an opportunity to experience a taste of college life and for many, it is their first time on a college campus. Great Lakes Camp shows them the experiential side of environmental science and reinforces that not all college learning happens in a classroom. By the time they complete either program, we want them to understand that college is something they can achieve and that it’s worth pursuing. The support they get throughout the year in their 4-H experience helps them to develop communication skills and a base of experiences from which they can develop a compelling scholarship application essay—n 8th grade!

There are many summer programs for youth offered on the MSU campus. 4-H Exploration Days and 4-H Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp represent a small proportion of the opportunities that MSU offers. Yet 4-H has dominated the MSU pre-college scholarship program since its inception and this year sets an all-time record. With the program now entering its sixth year, we hope to begin receiving data on college enrollment to learn how many of the recipients from past years end up going to college and of those, how many come to MSU.

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