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Dr. Ron and Linda Scholar Essay Contest 2017

The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Dr. Ron and Linda Sholar Essay Contest. Ron and Linda Sholar are sponsoring this annual writing contest for Oklahoma 4-H members age 13 and older.

Background - Dr. Ron Sholar spent three decades as a Cooperative Extension Specialist and Professor of Plant Science at Oklahoma State University.  In addition to a career in Extension, he served in the US Army and Army Reserve for 39 years before retiring in 2010 as a Major General. Mrs. Linda Sholar spent her professional career as a kindergarten teacher in the Stillwater, OK public school system where she was dedicated to instilling a life-long love of learning in her students

The Sholars strongly support youth development programs that encourage the recognition of excellent communication skills critical for success.

Purpose - The purpose of the essay contest is to:

  1. Provide participants an opportunity to express themselves in regards to the impact of 4-H on their home state of Oklahoma and the influence of 4-H on them personally.
  2. Encourage the development of excellent skills of written expression.

Theme - The theme for the essay is:  "Why 4-H is Important to Oklahoma and to Me"

All entries should be submitted to:

Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, Inc.

Attn: Sarah Dunn
205 4-H Youth Development Building
Stillwater, OK 74078-6063

Entries must be postmarked on or before the entry deadline of April 30, 2017. All entries become the property of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation.

2017 Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Essay Contest

Description, Prizes & Deadline: The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation will administer the inaugural Dr. Ron and Linda Sholar Essay Contest.

Essays will be judged by a selection committee with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners. First place cash prize of $500, $300 for second place and $200 for third place.

The entry deadline for this contest is April 30, 2017. Entries postmarked by April 30th will be accepted. Essay contest winners will be selected and notified in May of 2017 and the formal presentation of award checks will be made during 4-H Parent- Volunteer Conference on June 24, 2017.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all Oklahoma 4-H Members age 13 and older.

Format and Contents: All essays should be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 1,200 words, typed and double spaced.  Include your name, age, address, telephone number, school, and grade as well as a statement from a parent, guardian or 4-H Educator certifying that the essay is your original work.  The main selection criteria will be creativity and presentation of thought.

CLICK HERE to download the Essay Entry Form