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Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Awards

Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Awards

Recognizing volunteers for their hard work and dedication is very important to the 4-H Youth Development Program.  Every county has some outstanding volunteers who should be considered for these special awards.   Below is a description for each award category.  Please note that a resume is required for all nominations.  The Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Nomination Form and Resume Form is linked below and must be filled out for each applicant and submitted via e-mail.  Three letters of support and a picture depicting the volunteer’s work with youth should be attached to the application.  The deadline for submitting award applications is February 1, 2017.  Awardees will be presented at the Annual 4-H Volunteer Leaders Conference Banquet, which will be held February 24, 2017, at Mississippi State University Bost Building B Conference Center.

Rising Star 4-H Volunteer Award

A volunteer must have served from one to three years to be considered for this award.  One volunteer per Extension Region will be recognized. 

Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award 

A volunteer must have served from three to ten years to be considered for this award.  One volunteer per Extension Region will be recognized.

Lifetime 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award

A volunteer must have served more than ten years to be considered for this award.  One volunteer per Extension Region will be recognized. 

Download the Forms:

2017 Mississippi Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Nomination Form - Due February 1, 2017 - Word - PDF

2017 4-H Volunteer Resume - Word - PDF


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Publication Number: F1181-B
Publication Number: F1181
Publication Number: IS1522
Publication Number: M2204


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