Jean Woodley Ballance Award
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Ballance, Jean Woodley
Family Consumer Sciences Scholarship
Eligible for Nomination of Award: FCS Agents Northeast District
Click here for the Application Process and the link below for the separate application.
Criteria: Priority given to fund projects conducted by the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents in the Northeast District in the areas of Leadership Development, Community Development and Family and Consumer Sciences.
Jean Woodley Ballance was an outstanding leader and motivator in Family and Consumer Sciences and as a County Extension Director in Hyde County, North Carolina throughout her career. Jean was first exposed to Cooperative Extension as a Tyrrell County 4-H Member and aspired to become a Home Demonstration Agent. She graduated from Greensboro Woman’s College (now UNC-Greensboro) with a degree in Home Economics. Ms. Ballance moved to Hyde County in 1955 and began her career as Home Demonstration Agent. After marrying, she left Cooperative Extension for a number of years. When she returned in November 1988, she was promoted to County Extension Director and served in this position until her untimely death in May 2005.
Jean’s life’s work was committed to “helping people put knowledge to work.” In addition to the discipline of Family and Consumer Sciences, Jean was passionate about community and economic development and about assisting her clientele in enhancing their leadership skills to make positive changes in their community.
Colleagues and friends from Hyde County and across the state established the Jean Woodley Ballance Family and Consumer Sciences Endowment for the Northeast District to honor Mrs. Ballance’s lifetime of service.
Application Narrative Requirements:
All applicants must include an Application as well as Reference Letters
Submit a typed double-spaced narrative – limited to no more than 3 pages that include:
- PART I Describe programs, events, or activities that the nominee or team planned and implemented with traditional/non-traditional extension audiences and provided a solution to a specific need of the target audience.
- PART II Describe leadership qualities of the nominee or team which contributed to their ability to successfully involve the target audience in the outreach effort described in Part I.
- PART III Describe how the work ethics of the individual or team contributed to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs, events, or activities described in Part I.
Applicants will also be required to submit 2 letters of recommendation.
One of the reference letters must be from the applicant’s immediate supervisor.