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Carolyn Stanleyand George Barnes Award

Barnes, Carolyn Stanley and George Edward

4-H Graduate Education Scholarship – The award value is a minimum of, but not limited to $600.00 (Depending on fund availability) and a personal and perpetual plaque.

Eligible for Nomination of Award: Agent, Program Assistant and Technicians.

Application for Nomination  Apply Here for NCCE Award

 Criteria: This scholarship is designed to provide support to graduate students who are currently working as 4-H Extension professionals (Extension Agents, Program Assistants or Program Associates).

All county employees of North Carolina Cooperative Extension whose major job responsibility is 4-H youth development work and show excellence of 4-H leadership, academic achievement and merit as undergrad are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: 

1. Outline your Extension employment history and Extension accomplishments (within the past five years, including impacts)

2. Outline your higher education history.

3. Describe:

  • The professional development activities you have undertaken in the past five years.
  • Future plans for professional development.
  • The graduate education program in which you are enrolled and how the program relates to your current position in CES.
  • How the program will enhance your professional competencies to provide leadership within CES.

4. List the name and address of your local newspaper for press release notification.

The Carolyn Stanley Barnes and George Edward Barnes 4-H Graduate Education Scholarship has been established by retired Vance County Extension 4-H Agent Carolyn Stanley Barnes and her husband, George Edward Barnes, to provide a graduate education scholarship to a 4-H professional. This scholarship has been designed to provide support to graduate students who are currently working as 4-H Extension professionals (Extension Agents, Program Assistants or Program Associates).

Carolyn Stanley Barnes has spent her entire life associated with the 4-H program, first in Mississippi where she was named a national winner in health. After graduating from college, she joined the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service (now Cooperative Extension) as a 4-H agent. During her tenure as the manager of the Vance County 4-H Program, she mentored and coached numerous youth who excelled as District and State Officers and project and presentation winners. She developed an outstanding leadership program for teens and became a certified instructor of the Kauffman Institute’s “Mini Society.” After her retirement, Carolyn has continued to train for the Kauffman program throughout the country.

George Edward (Ed) Barnes graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After many years of service, he retired as an Engineering Manager at Lucent Technologies. Since retirement, he has pursued several private ventures. His first association with 4-H was through his daughter and two granddaughters who were/are 4-H members. More recently, he became reacquainted with the North Carolina 4-H Program when he met and married Carolyn Stanley.

Ed and Carolyn are outstanding volunteers for the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund.