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Illinois 4-H Alumni Association Awards & Recognition Program

The purpose of the Illinois 4-H Alumni Awards program is to recognize alumni for their individual achievements, contributions to their industry or profession, service to the community, and loyalty to the Illinois 4-H program.   

Previously, the Illinois 4-H Alumni award and the Illinois 4-H Family Spirit awards were established and presented by the Illinois 4-H Foundation. The Illinois 4-H Alumni award was discontinued in in 2015.  The Illinois 4-H Alumni Association will work in conjunction with the Illinois State 4-H Office to continue these awards.

Nominations forms will be available in early 2023.

Illinois 4-H Alumni Award

Established in 1981

The highest honor bestowed upon a 4-H alumni by the Illinois 4-H Association and Illinois 4-H program on behalf of the University of Illinois.  This award recognizes an elite group of Illinois 4-H alumni for their outstanding career accomplishments and leadership in civic, community, and professional activities.

Nomination information will be available in August 2022

4-H Young Alumni Award

Established in 2023

The Young Alumni award is bestowed upon alumni by the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association and Illinois 4-H program on behalf of the University of Illinois.  This award recognizes a young alumni that has demonstrated significant accomplishments and are emerging leaders in their professional or civic contributions to their community. They have proven to be ambassadors for the Illinois 4-H program and 4-H young alumni community.

Nomination information will be available in August 2022

IL 4-H Family Spirit Award

Established in 2002

The Illinois 4-H Family Spirit award recognizes an Illinois 4-H family who has substantially benefited from and continues to advocate for the Illinois 4-H program over at least three generations. This award is presented to the family on behalf of the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association and Illinois 4-H program on behalf of the University of Illinois.

Nomination information will be available in August 2022.

National 4-H Hall of Fame

The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as part of the 4-H Centennial Project of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), and partners with National 4-H Council and 4-H Youth Development, USDA.

National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by their states based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.

Each year the Hall of Fame laureates are recognized for their lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H during a ceremony in Washington, DC in March.