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Maryland 4-H Volunteer Awards

Maryland 4-H Volunteer Awards and Recognition

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Maryland 4-H Program. The time, energy and effort that volunteers contribute to their local and the state program allows us to increase the breadth and depth of 4-H opportunities for youth. THANK YOU for all YOU do!

We encourage EVERYONE to show appreciation to those volunteers that help and support the positive youth development and growth of individuals participating in the 4-H Program.  There are a number of simple ways to say or show your appreciation and it doesn’t have to wait for a formal occasion. 

State 4-H Volunteer Awards

The Maryland 4-H Volunteer Awards are designed to recognize Certified UME 4-H Volunteers for their dedication, hard work and support of the Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program. There are a few awards that are designed to recognize non-4-H individuals or groups for their support of the 4-H Program, including the Friend of 4-H Award and the Partner in 4-H Award. 

The nomination requirements are different for each award, focusing on either a specific quality or form of support rather than just a volunteer’s years of service. All Certified UME 4-H Volunteers are eligible for nomination, but they may BE honored with THAT award only once. Review the resources below when considering a nomination.

Nomination process opens July 1 and closes September 30. 

Online nomination portal:

Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.

Award winners will be recognized at the Maryland 4-H Gala.

Maryland 4-H Volunteer Award Winners 2019

National 4-H Volunteer Awards:

National 4-H Volunteer Awards are designed to recognize individuals that have served at the local, state and national level supporting 4-H programming and opportunities for youth. National award opportunities are separate from the Maryland 4-H Volunteer Award process although some Maryland Award winners may be considered for national awards, national nominations are not limited to those who have one a state award.

View nomination package requirements by clicking the link below:
National Volunteer Award Nomination Package Requirement Document

Nomination process opens November 1 and closes January 1. 

Online nomination portal:

Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.

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