The purpose of this award is to recognize 4-H members who have exemplified outstanding leadership within the agricultural industry and a desire to remain engaged. Relevant topic areas within agriculture include but are not limited to:
agribusiness, aquaculture, crop production, renewable energy, environment, food science, food systems, greenhouses, hydroponics, landscape architecture, livestock, plant science, processing & retailing, soil science, urban agriculture, urban planning
Applicants must be enrolled 4-H members who are at least 17 years of age by September 1, 2022 and cannot have reached their 19th birthday by September 1, 2022. An individual may only receive this award once.
NOTE: Winners of the 2019-2020 Leadership, Citizenship, and Professionalism Award are not eligible to receive this award.
The top 10 applicants will be recognized with the Illinois 4-H Sustaining the Future Award, which will be presented at the Illinois 4-H Celebrating Excellence Award Program. Award recipients will also be invited to attend the Premier 20 Leadership Conference.
NOTE: Once an applicant has attended the Premier 20 Leadership Conference through the Illinois 4-H Program or the Illinois Association FFA, they are ineligible to participate in the conference again. They are however, if not a previous winner, eligible to apply for the 4-H Sustaining the Future Award.
A complete application package must be submitted to be eligible for consideration of this award. A complete application package includes the completion of:
Section I: Applicant Information
Section II: Intent to Attend
Section III: Reference Evaluations (3)
1. University of Illinois Extension staff OR 4-H volunteer
2. School instructor/administrator OR community leader
3. Peer from the 4-H program
Section IV: Involvement
Section V: Essays (400 words or less for each)
1. How has your involvement in 4-H prepared you to be an effective leader?
2. What leadership qualities are you striving to master?
3. How do you plan to be a leader in sustaining the future of agriculture?
Section VI: Certification Signatures
Deadline to apply is extended to January 31, 2023!
The selection committee will consist of members from the Illinois Farm Bureau and Affiliates Youth Education in Agriculture Committee. Award recipients will be contacted by March 1 via email.
This program is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau and Affiliates Youth Education in Agriculture Committee in cooperation with the Illinois 4-H Program. The Youth Education in Agriculture Committee is comprised of Illinois Farm Bureau®, COUNTRY® Financial, GROWMARK, Inc., Prairie Farms Dairy, and IAA Credit Union.
Questions? Contact Illinois Farm Bureau at email@example.com