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Illinois 4-H Key Award

The 4-H Key Award focus is on Leadership, Community Service, and Mentoring


  • Applicants must be 16 to 19 years of age (as of 9/1/16).
  • A member may receive this recognition once during their 4-H career.
  • Only three applications per county may be submitted to state.


The County Extension office must submit your application by January 6, 2017. County deadlines may be earlier than this date, so be sure to check. The application consists of checklists, four essay questions, and reference evaluations.


Award winners will be honored at a state awards ceremony each fall.


H. Richard and Sarah F. McFarland Endowed 4-H Youth Leadership and Character Development Support Fund

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