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Maryland State 4-H Leader Invites Local Alumni to Check In, Help Youth Win $10,000 Science Sponsorship!

The Maryland 4-H Program is competing in a national contest to win a $10,000 “Innovation Incubator” Science Sponsorship. Local 4-H alumni will determine the outcome.

The contest is part of the 4-H GROWN Alumni Campaign, sponsored by National 4-H Council and HughesNet. The interactive campaign invites the estimated 25 million 4-H alumni across the U.S. to help direct scholarship funding by checking in, tagging friends and casting votes to bring more science innovation experiences to youth in their hometown communities.

When a local 4-H alum “checks in” at, Maryland will get one vote closer to winning the $10,000 "Innovation Incubator" Science Sponsorship for the state. With the scholarship, 4-H leaders will engage local youth in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities, and will challenge them to design innovative solutions to solve a real community problem. 
If Maryland 4-H wins a sponsorship, up to two local young innovators will also have a chance to receive an all-expenses paid trip to the flagship 4-H National Youth Science Day event in Washington, D.C., where they will participate in the world’s largest youth-led science experiment.
“We see every day the impact of 4-H in growing confident, caring and capable young people who are skilled for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow,” said Dr. Howard.  “This is an exciting chance for 4-H alumni who also understand the life-changing 4-H experience to help us reach more young people and show them that STEM can be rewarding and fun.”
Through 4-H GROWN, local alumni will also re-connect with the local 4-H program that helped them succeed and with a network of millions of 4-Hers around the world.
National 4-H Council and HughesNet are offering this opportunity through their collaboration to spark more youth interest in STEM. The partnership brings hands-on STEM learning experiences to youth across the country, with a focus on small communities where resources for interactive STEM learning are limited.

To check in as a 4-H alum and help Maryland win an “Innovation Incubator” Science Scholarship, visit sure to select Maryland as your “4-H Club State” when you check-in.

To learn more about the National 4-H Council and HughesNet partnership, visit or Contact Catherine Porterfield, Maryland 4-H Events Coordinator, (301)-314-7823,
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