University of Maryland Extension

Priester Awards

The Priester Awards applications are now closed. Award recipients will be notified, and will be presented at the Priester Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 3 during the Conference.


The Jeanne M. Priester Award honors the accomplishments and contributions of Jeanne M. Priester to the Cooperative Extension System.  Ms. Priester was a leader in advancing health education within the Cooperative Extension Service during her tenure at the United States Department of Agriculture.  The purpose of the award is to honor Extension programs that positively impact the health of people across the United States and provide leadership to expand Extension’s capacity to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The Priester Award will recognize sound and innovative health and wellness programs at the county, state and national level.

Award Categories

Nominations will be accepted in five award categories.

  1. Individual or Family – programs designed to influence the individual or family.
  2. Community – programs designed to influence a community or multiple communities.
  3. Innovative – promising programs designed to address any level of the Social Ecological model.
  4. Leadership – an individual who has provided exemplary, impactful leadership to his or her state/Cooperative Extension nationwide, or nation in the area of health and wellness.
  5. Organizational Culture of Health – an Extension organization (may include partners in award application) who has made changes in their policies, systems, and internal environments that support health and wellness for all employees and people affected by their organization.
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