Friday, April 9, 2021

04/09/21 4-H Email Blast: livestock Reminders, Youth Leadership, Awards, & Scholarship Applications



  • BALSFA Thank You Notes
  • Smithville Livestock Show Updates
  • Award Applications
  • Youth Leadership Applications
  • Scholarship Applications
  • Other Opportunities


  • We wanted to pass on a quick reminder that BALSFA thank you notes need to be at our office by 12:00 Noon Thursday, April 15th, so we can verify them per the BALS rules.  Any notes turned in after this will result in the exhibitor being fined $50.00. 
  • Many of you are familiar with the process of thank you notes and checks regarding the BALS Auction, but for those who may not be or who need a reminder, below are the requirements to keep in mind.
    • Thank you notes consist of the note, envelope, address, and appropriate postage
    • Thank you notes should be sealed in the envelope
    • Envelopes need to be sealed and stamped with the appropriate postage
    • The exhibitor’s return address and buyer’s address need to be written correctly and legibly on the envelope
  • Completed thank you notes need to be brought by members to the County Office (901 Pecan Street; Bastrop, Texas) by 12:00 Noon Thursday, April 15. 2021,
  • Please double check individual names as youth write them – For example, we have seen a lot of notes addressed to “last name, first name” such as “Mickelson, Mellanie” instead of “Mellanie Mickelson”.  Please help your kiddos as they are writing J
  • If you need help with writing thank you notes, please click here to download our Thank You Note Guide.






    • Deadlines: State Ambassador applications DUE May 1, 2021
    • State Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors (HTYA)
    • State Equine & Livestock Ambassadors
      • Overviews: 
      • Applications:
      • 2021 Short Course Offering: 
        • Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Short Course, West Texas A&M – June 12-15, 2021 
        • Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course, Texas A&M Kingsville – June 21-24, 2021 
        • Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course, West Texas A&M/Texas Tech – July 19-22, 2021 
        • Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course, Texas A&M – July 12-15, 2021
      • Selection Criteria: 
        • Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock/equine projects 
        • Students with a profound interest in animal/equine science, animal production and advocacy 
        • Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others 
        • Top 25% class rank 
    • State Water Ambassadors
      • To learn more about the 4-H Water Ambassadors Program visit
      • Eligibility: 
        • Be in high school or entering high school in the 2021/2022 academic year
        • Be at least 14 years of age by August 31, 2021
        • Be a current 4-H member, or be willing to join a local 4-H club if selected
      •  Expectations:
        • 4-H Water Ambassadors accept the responsibility of education youth and adults in their communities. They commit to advancing their water knowledge throughout their 12-months of service. Those selected must:
        • Participate in the summer 2021 Tier I 4-H2O Leadership Academy (June 27 – July 1)
        • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours of education/service from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
        • Pay the $250 program participation fee by June 15
      •  How to Apply:
      • Important Dates:
        • April 1 – May 15, 2021 – Applications open
        • June 1 – Application notified of acceptance status
        • June 15 - $250 participation fee due in 4HOnline
        • June 27 – July 1 – Tier I 4-H2O Leadership Academy (pick-up/drop off in Waco, details TBD)
        • July 1 – June 30 – Official 12-month term of service


  • Please note that the availability of scholarships for 2020-2021 may be variable due a lack of fundraising opportunities and the ever changing situation presented to these groups by COVID-19.    
  • Applications are due to the CEO by 12:00 Noon on May 13, 2021           
  • Application (Direct Link):
  • More information available on the website at
  • Changes for the 2021 Scholarship Application Process:
    • This year (and for the 2021-2020 year) applicants MUST have turned in recordbooks for 2 of the past 3 years for judging at the county level (this will be changed to 3 of the past 4 years in 2022-2023)
    • There will be no in-person interviews this year.  We are asking for applicants to submit a recorded video of them answering 5-7 questions chosen by the committee.  These questions will be released the day after the applications are due at the County Extension Office
  • Important Dates:
    • Friday, February 05, 2021              Applications released (online)
    • Thursday, May 13, 2021                 Applications due to CEO by 12:00 Noon
    • Friday, May 14, 2021                       Questions for recording interviews released to applicants
    • Wednesday, June 2, 2021              Recorded Scholarship Interviews due the CEO
    • Wednesday, June 2, 2021              4-H Recordbooks due to the CEO for scholarships
    • Monday, June 14, 2021                  County Recordbook Judging
    • Thursday, July 8, 2021                     District Recordbook Judging; TBA
    • Friday, July 30, 2021                        Bastrop County 4-H Achievement Banquet


  • Other opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
  • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at or at 512-581-7186

That's all for now!  Have a great week and let us know if you have any questions!


Mellanie L. Mickelson

Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187

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