Dog Project Scholarship Information

Florida 4-H Dog Project Scholarship Fund

This will began as a $1,000.00 Scholarship that was awarded for the first time in July of 2009. Our goal is to award this Scholarship annually, and eventually raise $20,000.00 to make it a perpetual Scholarship Fund.


My Name is Kelsey Haupt, I am 18 years old and I received the Florida 4-H dog Project Scholarship. I was in 4-H for 6 years, and out of those 6 years I was in the dog project for 3 years. Throughout my years in 4-H I got very involved, and did as much as I could. I was involved in 4-H on the club, county, state levels, and participate in a few National level events.

In the beginning of the 4-H year our club trains weekly and then we go to our county fair dog show. After the fair we train once to twice a month. The Dog Gone Crazy club is not a competitive club. We are all involved because we love our dogs. The club focus is on having fun with our dogs. This includes going to dog parks, going to Fun Dog Days in the county, trainings, and dog expos. The club does not do a lot of showing, but you can tell how much we love or dogs and spend so much time with

I am so grateful to receive this scholarship. I am currently going to the University of West Florida in Pensacola. I am not sure what I will be studying yet but I am on my way to finding out thru different introduction classes. 4-H changed my life in so many ways and has helped me coming into the college world. I would recommend the 4-H program to anyone, and if you love dogs join the dog project!

Dog project was my club project and it was one of my favorites. I was the youth leader of the St. Johns County Dog club “Dog Gone Crazy” for two years and loved every minute of it. I have a dog named Nonea who is a labradoodle, she is three years old and she is the main reason I got into the dog project.



The Florida 4-H Dog Project Scholarship

The Florida 4-H Dog Project has established an annual scholarship to be administered by the Florida 4-H Foundation, Inc. This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a former 4-H member to further his/her education. Any higher education experience is costly for young people and their families. So, the opportunity to provide 4-H members with what may be life-changing assistance is very much within our mission.


This annual scholarship will be known as the Florida 4-H Dog Project Scholarship and could be used at any community college, college, university, or vocational school since many young people benefit from a community college experience before making the leap to a four-year university.


The Scholarship will be awarded each year to an eligible applicant. The recipient will be selected by the Florida 4-H Youth Development Scholarship Committee in cooperation with the Florida 4-H Dog Project Scholarship Committee according to all established criteria and procedures. Awards will be announced during the 4-H University in Gainesville.



“Eligibility for the scholarship depends on an applicant meeting the following criteria: Be a student who is a former 4-H member with an extensive background working with dogs, beginning his/her Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior year of college. Preference will be given to youth pursuing animal related studies including pre-veterinary sciences. If no 4-H members with dog experience have applied, the scholarship will be open to 4-H members with other animal experience.” Financial need will be considered based on parents’ and/or applicant’s income and situation.


” The Florida 4-H Foundation will establish and manage the Fund in accordance with the policies of the Foundation. The Executive Director of the Foundation or her designee will be the initial administrator of this Fund.

” Upon proof of registration, a check will be issued by the Florida 4-H Foundation payable to the educational institution in the name of the scholarship recipient.

Foundation Qualification

” By letter dated April 24, 1946 and updated February 9, 1973, the Internal Revenue Service has declared the Florida Foundation, Inc. (federal tax identification number 59-1000186) to be a duly qualified charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) and also an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation under such provisions in section 509(a).

” The Foundation is currently listed as such a qualifying organization in IRS publication 78. Additionally, the Foundation is certified by the Board of Regents as a Direct Support Organization for the University of Florida under Florida Statutes Section 240.299 and is a duly chartered active Florida corporation not for profit.


If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Florida 4-H Dog Project Scholarship Fund

Please make your check payable to:

Florida 4-H Foundation

For: The Florida 4-H Dog Project Scholarship Fund

C/O Annie Ferguson-Muscato

2142 Shealy Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611

For more information on making a donation to the Florida 4-H Dog Project Scholarship Fund,

Scholarship Donation Form.doc