4-H & Youth

Iowa 4-H Youth Development is the premier youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Providing research-based education to K-12 youth, Iowa 4-H focuses on Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Communication and the Arts. Iowa 4-H builds upon more than a century of experience in positive youth development partnering with youth to help them find their passion. For more information, please visit the Iowa 4-H website.

Story County 4-H Foundation

The mission of the Story County 4-H Foundation is to generate, oversee, and distribute Foundation dollars for the support of educational activities which benefit 4-H youth development.

The Story County 4-H Foundation Board:

Suzy Sernett-Chair, Ann Whitaker-Vice Chair, Eileen Wuebker-Treasurer, Leonard Foley, Gwen Pross, Maya Hayslett, Elizabeth Rozycki, Andrea Nelson, and Mary Wilkins

The Story County 4-H Foundation Board was activated in 2004 to oversee the Story County 4-H Endowment and to build support for Story County 4-H programs, educational activities, and opportunities for youth.
Support 4-H Youth Development in Story County
Specify your donation for the Story County 4-H Endowment.
Story County 4-H Foundation Brochure

Story County 4-H Foundation Grants

The Story County 4-H Foundation Board reviews and awards grants submitted by 4-H clubs/groups or individuals.
The objectives of the grant program are:

To support a strong, safe, and vital 4-H Youth Development Program To support educational programs that encourage growth and excitement in youth To make 4-H Youth Development more accessible to all youth To support and recognize youth and adults in the program


After a grant application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Story County 4-H Foundation Board. Dollars awarded must be used within one year of award and a final report submitted within 30 days of project completion.

For questions regarding the Story County 4-H Foundation Grant, please contact the Story County Extension and Outreach Office at 515-337-1601.

Grant Application

All applications must be submitted to:
ISU Extension Story County
1421 S. Bell Ave Suite #107
Ames, IA 50010

Story County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Four $1500 Scholarships will be awarded to 2021 high school graduates, that are currently Story County 4-H members for at least the past 3 years and looking to further their education at either a 4 year or 2 year institution. 
Applications are due April 16th, to the Story County 4-H Foundation, Attn: Mary Wilkins, 1421 S Bell Ave Suite #107 Ames, IA 50010.  Applicant may be contacted for a personal interview. 
Story County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application 2021


Story County 4-H Foundation Scholarship


4-H Pathway

Individuals, families, organizations, businesses and groups may purchase recognition bricks which will be permanently installed in the pathway located on the Story County Fairgrounds. An engraved granite block or clay brick would make a wonderful way to remember those special times and people you know or have known in the Story County 4-H program. Bricks are available for a donation of $100 and blocks for $250. Your donation is tax deductible.

You may put up to 3 lines (14 characters per line) on a brick and up to 6 lines (14 characters per line) on a block. Logos such as a 4-H clover cost an addition $25. Though not required, you are welcome to also submit a story with your brick or block order.

If you have questions, contact: Story County Extension Office 515-337-1601. The Pathway campaign is part of the ongoing effort to grow the Story County 4-H Endowment.

Leave your legacy in the Pathway:  4-H Pathway Brick and Block Order Form

"Celebrating Story County 4-H "

In 2009, artist Dean Biechler produced an original work of art which brings back memories for all of us of our days at the County Fair.  The original sold for $600 at the Barns, Buttons, 'N' Bows 4-H Fundraiser that year. 

With a donation of $40, you will receive a limited edition, signed and numbered color print (11" x 14").  A packet of 10 note cards featuring the print is available for a donation of $5.
Here is a great way to support the 4-H youth of Story County and take home a wonderful memento of your 4-H years.

Dean Biechler art