Member Achievement Pins
Achievement pins recognize 4-H members as they reach milestones throughout their 4-H journey. The pins are awarded in a series. As a member’s 4-H journey progresses, the achievement pin requirements expand to challenge individuals to explore and engage in more opportunities to develop life skills. The ultimate goal is for a member to reach the final achievement pin, the Kansas Key Award.
- Members work toward the requirements of a pin throughout the 4-H year (October 1 – September 30). Pin applications ask members to highlight 4-H and project-related events, activities and achievements accomplished within the 4-H club, county/district, region, state, or beyond. In-person, hybrid, virtual, and distance learning events and activities are able to be considered as part of the member’s experience.
- At the end of the 4-H year, members apply to be considered to earn a pin award. Application deadlines will be communicated for each county in the Post Rock District 4-H Newsletter and/or through correspondence from the Post Rock District Team (email). Generally, the deadlines are at the end of September.
- Submission of an application does not guarantee a member will receive the desired pin award. Applications are reviewed by a committee organized by the Post Rock District Team.
- Awards are announced in coordination with each county’s annual achievement ceremony/celebration.
- A member is eligible to apply for one achievement pin per 4-H year.
- Unless otherwise stated, a pin can only be earned one time during a 4-H member’s career.
- Once a member earns a higher-level pin, they are no longer eligible to apply for any pin that would come before it in the series.
- Post Rock District counties use the Member Achievement Plans (pin applications) set forth by Kansas 4-H. There are no county-level forms.
- Applications can be typed or legibly handwritten.
- The expectations outlined on each pin application must be fully met in order to be granted the award. This includes any stated requirements to complete and submit a 4-H Permanent Record, Personal Page, Project Record, etc.
- There are some cases where a pin application will state to complete the current year's record book, but does not outline what specific documents to include. In Post Rock District this means to include the 4-H Permanent Record and Personal Page. A Project Record is encouraged, but not required in these situations.
- When a Project Record needs to be submitted, unless otherwise stated on the application, a Project Record for at least one (1) 4-H project enrolled in the current year must be completed.
- Applications must have the requested signatures before it will be considered by the review committee. The signatures confirm that the information on the application is true and honest. A 4-H Club Leader is not required to sign a member’s application if they cannot attest that the member’s listed participation and experiences are accurate and correct.
2020-2021 Achievement Pin Special Considerations: Post Rock District 4-H members need to engage through in-person, hybrid, virtual, and distance learning opportunities in order to meet the requirements of the respective award. If there is a requirement that was completely unavailable due to no delivery method mentioned above offered at a local, district, regional, state, or national level, please note it on the application. You can attach a supplemental document sharing two (2) ways you adapted, adjusted or substituted an experience in order to remain active while following current COVID-19 protocols. Permanent record, project record, and club meeting requirements cannot be waived with a substitute activity. This information will be considered by the review committee. The 4-H Key Award can be submitted using the original application or the alternative application, as posted on the Kansas 4-H website for the Key Award. The Key Award is the only award application that has a modified form available during the pandemic programming years.
Kansas 4-H Member Achievement Plans (Pin Applications)
Find the applications for Member Achievement Pins and the Key Award at the Kansas 4-H website > Resources > Awards & Recognition.
4-H Event Scholarships
Many 4-H Councils and local 4-H clubs in the Post Rock District provide scholarship opportunities to deserving 4-H members. These awards financially support youth as they attend regional, state and national 4-H events such as Rock Springs 4-H Camp, Discovery Days, Citizenship Washington Focus, and more! These scholarship awards are made possible by generous donations from 4-H supporters and fundraising. We are very appreciative of these gifts, and we know all recipients will utilize them with honor and pride!
The information listed is not a complete listing of event scholarship opportunities across the Post Rock District. It is recommended to reach out to your 4-H Club Leader and 4-H Program Coordinator to explore 4-H event scholarships you may be eligible for. Pay close attention to application procedures and deadlines!
Jewell County 4-H
Jewell County 4-H Alumni Activity/Event Scholarship Application pdf Fillable
Jewell County 4-H Alumni Activity/Event Scholarship Application pdf Print
Lincoln County 4-H
Osborne County 4-H
Smith County 4-H
Continuing Education Scholarships
Kansas 4-H Scholarships
Learn about financial support opportunities and application processes for Kansas 4-H Scholarships and Vanier Scholarships at the Kansas 4-H website > Resources > Awards & Recognition > Scholarships. Read the details closely so you have all components prepared prior to beginning each application. Pay close attention to deadlines!
Jewell County 4-H
Jewell County FCE Academic Scholarship pdf Fillable
Jewell County FCE Academic Scholarship pdf Print
Lincoln County 4-H
Mitchell County 4-H
Smith County 4-H
Current high school seniors enrolled in Smith County 4-H are eligible to apply. Turn in your completed application to the Post Rock District - Smith Center Office or email it to Risa Overmiller, 4-H Program Coordinator. Deadline is May 1.
Contact the Kansas State Fair directly with any questions regarding the scholarship program and application process.
4-H Club Recognition
The 4-H charter is the only document that officially recognizes a 4-H club. The 4-H charter is a symbol of recognition as a 4-H club that subscribes to the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program. Learn more about the 4-H charter at 4-H Club Recognition.
The 4-H club seal award is a district-wide recognition opportunity for the Post Rock District’s 4-H Youth Development Program. A club seal is awarded to a Post Rock District 4-H community club at the conclusion of each participation year when the requirements for a seal are met. Learn more about the 4-H club seal award at 4-H Club Recognition (2020-2021 4-H year).
Post Rock District 4-H Club Seal Application (2020-2021 4-H year)
Jewell County 4-H Club Seal Application (2020-2021 4-H year)
Jewell County 4-H Club Goals List (2020-2021 4-H year)
Lincoln County 4-H Club Seal Application (2020-2021 4-H year)
Mitchell County 4-H Club Seal Application (2020-2021 4-H year)
2020-2021 Club Seal Special Considerations: The current 4-H program year has become less than "normal" due to limitations presented by the pandemic. To earn a club seal this year, a club can complete either the respective county-level requirements or the district-level requirements. This year, clubs can attach a supplemental document explaining adaptations, adjustments, or activity substitutions made to remain an active club while following current COVID-19 protocols. This will be taken into consideration by the review committee during evaluation.
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Project Recognition and Record Keeping Resources
Post Rock District 4-H strives to align project recognition with the current recommendations and processes supported by Kansas 4-H. Visit our Post Rock District Record Keeping Resources webpage to learn about project recognition opportunities!