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Awards and Recognition

Each year, GAE4-HYDP members are eligible to apply for state and national awards.  Award entries are based on programming performed or content created from January – December of the previous calendar year.  The awards process is coordinated by the Membership Recognition Committee.

Awards Timeline

✔️February 14, 2022Requests for letters of support (if applicable) for NAE4-HYDP awards due to GAE4-HYDP President Dinah Rowe at .
✔️March 1, 2022 (by 11:59 PM EST)NAE4-HYDP awards applications for communicator awards, specialty awards, and first-time attendee scholarships are due in the NAE4-HYDP awards portal
✔️March 1, 2022Deadline to submit survey to serve as a judge.
✔️March 21, 2022 (by 11:59 PM)GAE4-HYDP award applications and NAE4-HYDP service awards are due in the GAE4-HYDP Qualtrics
✔️April 4 – 25, 2022State judging for NAE4-HYDP communicator awards, specialty awards, and first-time attendee scholarships
✔️April 4 – 25, 2022State judging for GAE4-HYDP awards, and NAE4-HYDP service awards
✔️April 26 – May 16, 2022NAE4-HDYP state award winners advance for regional judging
✔️May 1, 2022 (TENTATIVE)GAE4-HYDP state award winners receive notification
✔️May 17 – June 3, 2022NAE4-HYDP regional award winners advance for national judging

Awards Eligible Members

To be eligible to apply for NAE4-HYDP or GAE4-HYDP, members must have their dues received by the GAE4-HYDP Treasurer by the membership deadline (Wednesday, January 29, 2022).  A list of eligible award members for the 2022 awards cycle can be found here.  If you believe there in error, please contact Jakyn Tyson, Vice President, at .

Volunteer to Judge NAE4-HYDP and GAE4-HYDP Awards!

Our association — and all of our awards — rely on the generosity of members who share their time and knowledge to help identify the best practices in 4-H youth development.  Judges review and score entries submitted in designated categories and often share that they gain ideas and best practices from reviewing entries that they can use at their own programs.

Please consider volunteering to serve as a judge for this year’s award cycle by completing the judge interest survey here by March 1, 2022.

Biographical Cover Sheet

To help us prepare for the awards presentation at the annual meeting, please complete the biographical cover sheet and submit with your awards.

NAE4-HYDP Awards – Due Tuesday, March 1, 2022, by 11:59PM

Applying for national awards consists of two parts

  1. Submit your awards online using national awards portal.
  2. Complete this Qualtrics to indicated to state membership chair and district awards chairs which national awards you have applied for.  This is an additional precaution to help us ensure your award application was processed in OpenWater.

To be eligible for NAE4-HYDP awards, applicants must have been an active member the year prior to applying as well as the current year of application.  If there are additional requirements of membership for the award, these requirements take precedence over this eligibility requirement.

A Georgia winner will be selected for each award offered by NAE4-HYDP.   Our state award winners will then advance to NAE4-HYDP Southern Region judging, with those winners advancing to be judged at the national level.  

If your awards need a letter of support from the GAE4-HYDP President, please make sure you allow President Dinah Rowe enough time to write the letter.  You must send her an email request for a letter no later than February 14, 2022, and provide her with bullet points to be made.

  • Communicator Awards
    To recognize NAE4-HYDP members for significant accomplishments in presenting 4-H to the general public, civic groups, 4-H groups, or individuals through public information methods.
  • Specialty Awards
    To recognize NAE4-HYDP members for significant accomplishments in 4-H programming through a variety of strategies.
  • First Time Conference Attendee Scholarship
    The applicant may not have attended a previous NAE4-HYDP Annual Conference as an Association Member. If the applicant attended previously as a guest, they can apply.

Additional resources for the NAE4-HYDP awards can be found here.

 GAE4-HYDP Awards – Due Monday, March 21, 2022, by 11:59 PM

NAE4-HDYP service awards are designed to recognize NAE4-HPYD members for significant accomplishments in various stages of a career and for contributions to the 4-H Youth Development profession.

There is no application for the following award; however, applicants should submit their name via the Qualtrics above to be eligible. 

  • 25 Years of Service

Each GAE4-HYDP award listed below has a separate PDF application that should be completed by a current GAE4-HYDP member.

  • Continuing Excellence Award
    The nominee should have worked for at least 10 years and should have been a GAE4-HYDP member for 5 consecutive years. Current active involvement in 4-H work is required. Judging based on professional development and association activities. Applications will be scored on the following rubric: Innovative 4-H Programming (50%), Professional Improvement/Development Activities (25%), and GAE4-HYDP Activities (25%).
  • Innovative Work in School Relations
    Eligible members may nominate themselves or any agent who has shown innovative work in regards to school relations. Each district will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Applications will be judged on activity (20%), content and scope (40%), and results (40%).
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps/VISTA
    Eligible members may nominate their full-time or part-time 4-H AmeriCorps and VISTA members for this award. Each district will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Submissions will be judged on: responsibilities in core programming (15%), responsibilities outside of core programming (15%), significant leadership responsibilities (35%), and accomplishments (35%).
  • Outstanding Individual Volunteer Leader
    Eligible members may nominate an individual in their county who has shown outstanding volunteer interest/involvement. Each district will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Judging criteria for the award includes program involvement (20%), roles and responsibilities (50%), and accomplishments (30%).
  • Outstanding New Extension Professional
    Recognized for outstanding work (with at least 1 year of service) in his/her first 1-3 years of Extension employment. Nominees should be outstanding among the agent group and be working in 4-H at the time of selection. Each district will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Applications are scored on the following categories: Professional Accomplishments (40%), Professional Improvements (20%), Professional Recognition (20%), and Involvement in Other Organizations (20%).
  • Outstanding Program Assistant
    Eligible members may nominate their full-time or part-time 4-H Program Assistant for this award. Each district will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Submissions will be judged on: responsibilities in core programming (15%), responsibilities outside of core programming (15%), significant leadership responsibilities (35%), and accomplishments (35%).
  • Outstanding Support by ANR or FACS Professional
    Eligible members may nominate any Agriculture or Family & Consumer Science Agent/Specialist/administrator who has shown outstanding support to 4-H club work. Each district will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Submissions will be judged on 4-H programming involvement (20%), leadership roles within 4-H programming (40%), and 4-H programming accomplishments (40%).
  • Outstanding Support by Public Media
    Given to any public news medium that has shown superior support to 4-H club work. Submissions will be scored on communication activities (35%), the scope of media (15%), and purpose and results (50%).
  • Outstanding Support by Retiree/Life Member
    Eligible members may nominate any active Extension Retiree who is a GAE4-HYDP Life Member and has shown outstanding contribution to GAE4-HYDP since their retirement. Each district will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Applications will be scored according to association activities and involvement (50%) and 4-H/Extension activities and awards (50%).
  • Outstanding Support Staff
    Eligible members may nominate their support staff who work actively in support of the 4-H program. Each district will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Applications are scored based on day to day responsibilities (40%) and work beyond normal job duties (60%).
  • Outstanding Volunteer Leader Program
    Eligible members may nominate themselves or other counties for outstanding utilization of volunteers in the total 4-H program. Applications will be judged based on methods of recruitment (20%), volunteer leadership roles (20%), leader training (20%), recognition for volunteers (20%), and accomplishments of volunteer-led efforts (20%).
  • Peach of a Profession Scholarship
    Must be an active member of GAE4-HYDP for the year they receive the award. It is for a $1,000 scholarship which must be used to attend the NAE4-HYDP Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference. Submissions will be judged by a personal plan (30%), professional development (20%), leadership positions (30%), and extenuating circumstances (20%).
  • Professional Achievement Award
    Six outstanding GAE4-HYDP members receive this award every year. It is not awarded on a district basis, but on ability. Applicants must be working in 4-H and Youth at the time the selections are made. The award may be received only once. The nominee must have worked for more than 3 years but not more than 10 years as an Extension professional. Applications are scored on the following categories: Professional Responsibilities/Duties (20%), Professional Growth (40%), and Outstanding Accomplishments (40%).
  • Scholarship
    Must be an active member of GAE4-HYDP for the year they receive the award and must not have received this award previously. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to an agent seeking financial aid for academic work or professional improvement. Award will be reimbursement only. The applicant is responsible for submitting the 1-2 page report required and requesting money from the State President within one year. Applications will be scored on professional/academic experiences (40%), the program of study (50%), and the budget plan (10%).

Questions? Contact the Member Recognition Committee, 2022

ChairAdrianne Cox
Chair-ElectBrittani Lee
Northeast District RepresentativeJackie Nunn
Northwest District RepresentativePam Bloch
Southeast District RepresentativeBillie Ann Birchall
Southwest District RepresentativeKatrina Laurel-Searcy
State Staff District RepresentativeMatt Hammons