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North Carolina 4-H Adult and Alumni Awards

Each year, North Carolina 4-H recognizes exemplary individuals who have provided exceptional support to programs around our state. These supporters, partners, volunteers and alumni are pivotal in ensuring that 4-H’ers can continue to make an impact on our state, nation and world.

There are four (4) Adult Award categories:

  • NC 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award
  • NC 4-H Family Legacy Award
  • NC 4-H Partners Award
  • NC 4-H Hall of Fame Award

There are three (3) Alumni and Friends Award categories:

  • Young Alumni Award
  • Full Circle Alumni Award
  • Outstanding Citizen 4-H Alumni Award

To make a nomination, please visit: go.ncsu.edu/4hAdultAwardNominations

Adult Award Categories:


NC 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award

The North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award honors up to three (3) nominees each year. Through this award, 4-H Program Staff, 4-H Alumni and 4-H Donors are recognized for their contributions to successful program initiatives across the state.

The information needed to nominate a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is below:

  • Name and contact information for Nominee
  • Details regarding the nominees qualifications for the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Please focus on how this individual has made a lasting impact on the NC 4-H community.)
  • A minimum of three (3) three images of Nominee (candid or formal)

List of past NC 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award recipients

NC 4-H Family Legacy Award

The NC 4-H Family Legacy Award accepts nominations from multi-generational families who have made a lasting and significant impact on the North Carolina 4-H community. Through their efforts, either monetary or contributions of time, they have improved the reach of 4-H in the community that they live through participating in programs, providing support, volunteering and networking on behalf of 4-H. 

The information needed to nominate a family is below:

  • Name of family being nominated
  • Primary familial contact information
  • Details on why this family should be considered for the award
  • A minimum of three (3) images of the family (candid or formal)

List of past recipients of Family Legacy Award

NC 4-H Partners Award

Through a long-term relationship with NC 4-H, the Partner’s Award honors individuals or organizations who have provided impactful philanthropic support to the NC 4-H program. Recipients of this award can receive more than one nomination over consecutive years. This award can honor up to four (4) 4-H partners annually. Recipients of this award do not need to be 4-H alumni.

The information needed to nominate a Partner is below:

  • Is this an individual or corporation that is being nominated?
  • Contact information for Nominee
  • Details on the Nominees philanthropic relationship with NC 4-H
  • A minimum of three (3) images for the individual or corporation (candid or formal)

List of past recipients of Partner’s Award

NC 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes 4-H volunteers, Extension professionals, staff, employees, donors and others who have made a significant impact on the 4-H program and/or 4-H members through the contribution of time, energy, financial resources, etc. This support can be provided at the local or state level. 

The information needed to nominate a Hall of Fame Inductee is below:

  • Name and contact information for Nominee
  • Information regarding the Nominee’s impacts on 4-H across the state (Please highlight citizenship, leadership, career accomplishments and character.)
  • A minimum of three (3) images of Nominee (candid or formal)

List of past 4-H Hall of Fame recipients

Alumni and Friends Award Categories


Young 4-H Alumni Award

The 4-H Young Alumni Award is presented to a 4-H alumnus under the age of 30 who has transitioned from a 4-H member to a volunteer. Nominees should be individuals who have become actively involved as volunteers in any aspect of the 4-H program at the club, county, district or state level.

Information needed to nominate an individual for a Young 4-H Alumni Award is below:

  • Name and Contact information of person submitting nomination
  • Name and Contact information of Nominee
  • Age of Nominee as of January 1, 2020 (must be under 30)
  • List up to three (3) key activities or events that this individual participated in that exhibited extraordinary support for the NC 4-H program following their 4-H membership.
  • What was the nominee’s primary role in these activities?
  • In what other community service activities has the nominee been involved?
  • 100-word narrative statement to be used for publicity
  • Minimum of 3-5 images of individual as 4-H’er and as an alum volunteering at 4-H activities

Full Circle 4-H Alumni Award

The Full Circle NC 4-H Alumni Award is presented to a 4-H alumnus who gives back to the 4-H program, ideally making an impact as a volunteer at some level in the program. Successful nominees would be individuals who use the knowledge and skills they gained as a 4-H’er to give back to the 4-H program today.

Information needed to nominate an individual for a Full Circle 4-H Alumni Award is below:

  • Name and contact information of person submitting nomination
  • Name and contact information of Nominee
  • List up to three key activities or events that exemplify the nominees support of NC 4-H in the years since aging out as a member and share what the nominee’s primary role was in these activities.
  • In what other ways has the nominee contributed to the total NC 4-H program?
  • Please share any additional, relevant information that might be helpful to those evaluating the nominations.
  • 100-word narrative statement to be used for publicity
  • Minimum of 3-5 images of individual as 4-H’er and as an alum at 4-H activities

Outstanding Citizen NC 4-H Alumni Award

The Outstanding NC 4-H Alumni Award is presented to a 4-H alumnus who has used his/her knowledge and skills gained through 4-H to make an impact on the greater community.

Information needed to nominate an individual for an Outstanding Citizen NC 4-H Alumni Award is below:

  • Name and contact information of person submitting nomination
  • Name and contact information of Nominee
  • Describe the impact that 4-H had on leadership, citizenship, or community service.
  • How has 4-H influenced the nominee in the areas of professional, civic and/or community life?
  • Please share any additional, relevant information that might be helpful to those evaluating the nominations.
  • 100-word narrative statement to be used for publicity
  • Minimum of 3-5 images of individual as 4-H’er and as an alum

List of past 4-H Alumni Award Recipients

If you are interested in submitting a nomination to one of the above categories, please make your submission via this Google Form

Questions? Contact Jamie Sablotny (jamie_sablotny@ncsu.edu).