National 4-H Salute to Excellence
Volunteer recognition awards
How to nominate
The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege.
In 2018, eight honorees will be selected. One volunteer will be selected from each Cooperative Extension Region (Northeast, South, North Central, West) in each of two categories. Each region will have its own Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year. The eight regional winners become nominees for the national award, and one volunteer in each category will be named the national honoree.
The Volunteer of the Year Award is for individuals who have served as 4-H volunteers for less than 10 years at the local, county, district or state level.
The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Awardis for individuals who have served 10 or more years at the local, county, district or state level.
- Nomination materials must be submitted electronically to Becky Harrington, extension educator and volunteer systems director, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Sept. 15.
- Each completed application must include:
- Two letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation must be written by a 4-H Program Coordinator or other 4-H program staff with which the volunteer serves. A second letter of recommendation must be written from someone who knows the nominated volunteer in his or her role (4-H member, 4-H parent, other volunteer). Letters should be no longer than 2 pages in length, in 12-point font, and with 1-inch margins.
- Brief overview of why the nominee deserves this award (500 words or less).
- Evidence of a positive impact on the lives of 4-H youth. Include information on their ability to work with young people n a way that promotes youth empowerment, decision-making, problem solving & mastery, and dedication to youth/adult partnerships and mentor/learner relationships.
- Evidence on how the volunteer works to strengthen the 4-H Youth Development Program. Possible examples could include: engaging new and diverse audiences; providing a safe and inclusive environment for youth; innovactive approaches to recruiting other 4-H volunteers or partnering with other agencies; working with 4-H program coordinators as partners to develop programming; or developing funding for the program.
- After state honorees are selected, additional information may be sought from the nominator.
- Nominations are due to Becky Harrington, extension educator and volunteer systems director, email@example.com, no later than Sept. 15.; State honorees will be selected from those nominated.
- Regional honorees will be announced by Feb. 1.
- Each regional honorees will receive a personalized plaque and $200 cash award to be donated to a local 4-H program of their choice.
- National honorees will be announced during National Volunteer Week.
- National honorees will be recognized on Friday of National 4-H Week during the 4-H Heritage Luncheon held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.
- During the luncheon, national honorees will receive a plaque or similar symbol representative of their achievement. Additionally, the Council will donate $1,000 in the honoree’s name to a local 4-H program of their choosing.
- Awardees should be prepared to provide information in subsequent years regarding the impact of their awards on their community.
Thank you for your interest in the 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Awards!
Please direct questions regarding the nomination process to:
Becky Harrington, extension educator and volunteer systems director
Extension Center for Youth Development
Moorhead Regional Office
715 11th St. North, Suite 107C
Moorhead, MN 56560