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Illinois 4-H Alumni Association Awards & Recognition Program

The Illinois 4-H Alumni Awards program aims 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 2015. The Illinois 4-H Alumni Association will work with the Illinois State 4-H Office to continue these awards into the future.

Award winners will be recognized one day during the Illinois State Fair, August 11-13, 2023.

Nomination Timeline

  • March 1 - Nominations are due to the Illinois State 4-H Office.
  • Spring - Committee will begin their review and make final selections.
  • Early-Mid Summer  - Award winners will be notified and recognition coordinated.
  • August 11-13 - Recipients will be recognized one day during the Illinois State Fair.

Illinois 4-H Alumni Award

Established in 1981

The highest honor is bestowed upon a 4-H alumnus 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.

Any individual is eligible to receive the award which was:

  • An Illinois 4-H member for a minimum of three years
  • Is living at the time of selection (Current 4-H staff are not eligible.)

Nominations are due March 1, 2023

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 young alumni that have 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 the 4-H young alumni community.

Any individual is eligible to receive the award which is:

  • Under 30 years old on or before January 1, 2022.
  • A member of the Illinois 4-H program for a minimum of three years.
  • Must be living at the time of selection
  • Current 4-H staff are not eligible.

Nominations are due March 1, 2023

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. 

Any family eligible to receive the award which has the following:

  • A minimum of three generations of the family are represented.
  • A minimum of 15 different family members (including in-laws) have either been 4-H members, leaders, or volunteers
  • Have a minimum of 100 cumulative years of 4-H membership or volunteerism represented by the family.

Families will submit the following:

  • Completed Family Nomination Cover Sheet and Overview
  • A one-page "My Family 4-H Story."
  • A family biography form per member of the family, submitted separately.

Nominations are due March 1, 2023

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 on 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 March ceremony in Washington, DC.