Robert and Helen Runion Scholarship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

North Carolina 4-H Youth Development Department

Number of Awards & Eligibility: One award offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must plan to enroll at any accredited institution of higher learning in North Carolina.
  3. Preference goes first to applicants from Mitchell County, North Carolina. If no qualified applicants are available, then preference goes to applicants in the western district of North Carolina. For district information, see .
  4. Must plan to enroll or be enrolled full time.
  5. Must be an incoming or current undergraduate student. Incoming freshmen are given first preference; in the event no freshman is eligible, an upperclassman may be awarded this scholarship.
  6. Must be a 4-H member.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is available for undergraduate 4-H members who are attending an institution in North Carolina. First preference goes to applicants from Mitchell County, NC; in the event there are no qualified applicants, the scholarship will be given to residents of North Carolina's western district. First preference also goes to freshman students; in the event that no freshman is eligible, an upperclassman may be awarded the scholarship.

Application requirements for the Robert and Helen Runion Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
  • Photograph
  • Test scores
  • Resume
  • Recommendation letters (2)
Additional Information: Please note: All eligible students must have filed an application for admission to at least one institution of higher learning, and must arrange for and take the SAT and/or ACT. It is the student's responsibility to make all arrangements for college admissions. Selection will be based on the following: 4-H record (50 percent); scholastic achievement as measured by performance in high school courses (25 percent); and college aptitude as measured by performance on college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT (25 percent). Recipients will be selected in March. Recipients must attend the 4-H Scholarships and Awards Luncheon held during the N.C. 4-H Congress. Recipients may be required to attend the CALS Donor Recognition Event in the fall.

Award Amount: $600 annually, non-renewable. All 4-H scholarships will be paid directly to the college or university. They will not be made payable to the recipient nor his/her parents.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $600.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, February 3

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, February 3

Applications are available in the fall through each county cooperative extension office in North Carolina or by calling the 4-H Youth Development Department at the number listed. Applications are also available online on the North Carolina 4-H website. In addition to a completed application, the student must submit the following: a photograph of himself/herself attached to an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of paper (see the application for details on assembling the photograph page); an official high school transcript listing SAT and/or ACT scores and class rank; two letters of recommendation, one based on academic achievement and the other based on 4-H accomplishments; and a two-page resume following the requirements listed on the application. Parents/guardians may also submit a sealed confidential letter stating special financial concerns. It should be placed in an envelope and sealed before inclusion in the application package. The envelope should be labeled 'confidential'. One application packet may be used to apply for multiple 4-H scholarships. The student should include one original and three copies of all application materials. The complete application package must be turned into his/her county 4-H agent by the county deadline; county deadlines are available by contacting the 4-H agent. County 4-H staff will then enter the student's application online and mail any appropriate materials by the final deadline.
About North Carolina 4-H Youth Development Department:
Contact Information: Shannon McCollum, Extension 4-H Associate
Address: Campus Box 7655, NCSU 512 Brickhaven Road, Suite 210 Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7655

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