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How to Apply for Extension Awards

Extension Awards

Note: All award amounts will be contingent upon fund availability.

Click on the Award name to find an explanation of each award.

All Awards will following the application process outlined on the How to Apply page. Some awards require specific criteria so please check each award for the specific requirements. The How to Apply page will have the registration link.

Extension Awards Application Packets are due August 13, 2021

Ballance, Jean Woodley 
Family Consumer Sciences Scholarship –
Eligible for Nomination of Award:  FCS Agents in the Northeast District.
Application for Nomination: Jean Woodley Ballance Bio

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  Barnes, Carolyn S and George E

Birckhead, Carol Award
Outstanding County Extension Director –
The award value is a Personal and Perpetual plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: County Extension Director
Application for Nomination  Carol Birckhead

Black, Dr. Chester and Mrs. Lucy
4-H Professional Development Scholarship –
The award value is a personal and perpetual plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: Agent, Program Assistant /Technicians and Specialists Associates.
Application for Nomination  Dr. Chester and Lucy Black

Boone, Dr. Edgar and Mrs. Ethel
Professional Development Scholarship –
The award value is up to $1,000.00 (Depending on fund availability) and a personal plaque.
Eligible for nomination of Award:  Agents
Application for Nomination Dr. Edgar & Ethel Boone

Brickhouse, Charles M.
Development Scholarship(s) –
The award value is up to $1,000.00 – $4,000.00  (Depending on fund availability) and personal plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award:  Agents, Specialist & Associates
Application for Nomination Charles M. Brickhouse

Britt, Lois G.
Outstanding Extension Agent Award –
The award value is a minimum of $500.00 (Depending on fund availability) and a personal plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award:  Agents
Application for Nomination Lois G Britt

Caldwell, Dr. Billy and Mrs. Wilma
Extension Leadership Award for County Extension Directors –
The award value is a Personal and Perpetual plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: County Extension Directors
Application for Nomination Dr. Billy & Wilma Caldwell

Cope, Victoria Jean
North Carolina 4-H Professional Development Award(s) –
The award value is a personal and perpetual plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award:  4-H Agents
Application for Nomination  Victoria J. Cope

Cowden, James – Cooperative Extension Recognition for the North Central District
The award value is a Perpetual plaque.

Eligible for Nominations of Award:  Any employee in the North Central District. Award is to recognize outstanding employees contribution in the North Central District.

Dalla-Pozza, Ada B. – Professional Development Award
Professional Development Award –
The award value is a Personal and Perpetual plaque.
Eligible for nomination of Award:  FCS Agent & CED
Application for Nomination:
Ada B Dalla Pozza.Word

Extension Leadership Award
The award value is a personal plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: Agents
Application for Nomination Extension Leadership

Hyatt, Dr. George and Mrs. Virginia
Extension Scholarship – depending on fund availability
The award value is a Personal and Perpetual plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award:  Agents and Specialists
Application for Nomination  Dr. George & Virginia Hyatt

Jones, R. E. Program Award
Program Award –
Award is a plaque.
Eligibility of Nomination of Award: Any member of N.C. Cooperative Extension.
Application for Nomination: Jones Nomination Form

King, Dr. Russell C. and Mrs. Connie H.
Extension Program Teamwork Award for the Northeast Region of North Carolina –
The award value is a Personal and Perpetual plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: Agent, Program Assistant, Specialists
and Administrative Professional
Application for Nomination  Dr. Russell and Connie King

NCCES Foundation Search for Excellence Awards in Extension
Sponsored by:  The Grange
Eligible for Award nomination: Agent,  Administrative Professional,Program Assistant, Specialist, District Team.
The purpose of the Search for Excellence Awards is to promote and identify professional excellence within all facets of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.
Please note:Team nominations should consist of two (2) or more persons.
Nomination for Award  NC Grange Awards

Ort Family Scholarship
Outstanding Cooperative Extension Personnel –
The award value is a framed certificate.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: 4-H, FCS, ANR/CRD Agents, Program Associates, Specialists and Administrative Assistants.
Application for Nomination  Dr. Ort Family Scholarship

Research Friend of Extension
Award is a Plaque
Nomination for Award  Research Friend of Extension

Richardson, Dr. John – International Study Experience Award
International Study Experience Award –
Award value is a minimum of $500.00 towards expenses incurred by recipient and plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: Agents, Program Associates, Specialists and Administrative Assistants.
Application for Nomination Dr. John G. Richardson

Smith, Jr., Lathan F.
Award of Excellence in 4-H –
The award amount is $500.00 (Depending on fund availability)  and a commemorative plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award – 4-H Agents
Application for Nomination  Lathan F. Smith

Stewart, Dr. R. Marshall and Mrs. Jan
4-H Leadership Award –
The award value depends on available funds and will vary from year to year and plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: 4-H Agents, Program Associates, Specialists, and CED.
Application for Nomination Dr. R. Marshall & Jan Stewart

White, Ila McIlwean
Family and Consumer Science Program Endowment Award –
The award value will be depending on fund availability) and plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: FCS Agents, Program Associates, and CED of the Northeast and Southeast Districts of NC.
Application for Nomination Ila Mcllwean White

Zaslow, Dr. Sandra
Professional Development Award –
The award value is $500.00 (Depending on fund availability)  and plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: FCS Agents
Nomination Application  Dr. Sandra Zaslow

Zublena, Dr. Joe and Mrs. Lisé
CES Awards Endowment –
The award value is depending on fund availability and a plaque.
Eligible for Nomination of Award: Agent, Professional Assistant, Specialist, Associate, Administrative Professional and CED.
Application for Nomination Dr. Joe & Lise’Zublena


Association/Other Organizational Awards

Application and Awards are presented by specific associations or organizations.

Larkins, John R. Award
Check NC State Human Resources website for awards deadlines.

NCACAA Awards
The NC Association of County Agricultural Agents offers awards for Agents
Check website for awards deadlines.

NCAE4HYDP Awards
The NC Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals
Check website for award deadlines

NCACC Outstanding County Program Award
Sponsored by North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
The Outstanding County Program Awards honors innovative county programs in the categories of General Government, Human Services and Public Information/Participation. The Board of Directors approved the creation of the Outstanding County Program Awards in 1991 as a way to recognize innovative programs that other counties might want to emulate. The intent of the Outstanding County Program Awards is to recognize and share information with other counties about programs that involve a uniquely innovative process, solution or idea to address a county or multi-jurisdictional issue and/or to prevent a future problem from developing.
Check NCACC website for awards deadlines.

NCCEAPA Awards
The NC Extension Association of Administrative Professionals Association offers awards for Administrative Professionals.
Check NCCEAPA website for award deadlines 

NCEAFCS Awards
The NC Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences offers awards for Agents Check NCEAFCS website for awards deadlines.

NCFCEA Leadership and Service Recognition Award
Check Federation Leadership and Service Recognition Award website for awards deadlines.
The Leadership and Service Recognition Award is designed to acknowledge Extension employees who have outstandingly contributed to the purpose and objectives of the Federation according to the Constitution and Bylaws.
Criteria:

  • Promotes professional improvement within their respective association and in all areas of Extension work
  • Supports and encourages the development of a united approach for total Extension programming.
  • Promotes and demonstrates high professional character and standards among all staff.
  • Promotes understanding and cooperation, and helps provide a channel for ideas exchange.
  • Establishes and maintains close relations and open lines of communication in all areas of Extension work.
  • Works for the satisfactory benefit and service of all clientele of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Eligible for Nomination of Award: Any association member in good standing who has exemplified and demonstrated the criteria listed above. Consideration for nomination given to individual leadership ability, quality customer service, teamwork relationships and attention to special projects.

NC State University Awards for Excellence
Check NC State Human Resources website for awards deadlines.
The University Awards for Excellence program recognizes the accomplishments and achievements of permanent NC State employees at both the unit and University levels who do not hold faculty rank.
Annually, the 18 University units/colleges collectively select 50 employees to recognize as award recipients for their respective college/units. Each college/unit submits their award recipients to the University Award for Excellence selection committee to determine the five University-level winners (4 SPA and 1 EPA). Human Resources then submits these five University-level winners to the NC Office of State Personnel for consideration in the Governor’s Awards for Excellence program.
Criteria for award recipients are:

  • Must be a permanent NC State employee (SPA or EPA staff who do not hold faculty rank at either college or unit levels).
  • Nominees must have no documented disciplinary actions against them within the preceding 18 months from date of issuance or have no active disciplinary actions pending.
  • All nominations must be approved by the employee’s supervisor for submission

NCSU O. Max Gardner Award
Check the NC State Office of Faculty Development website for awards deadlines.

NCSU Pride of the Wolfpack Award
Check website for awards deadlines.
Must sign in to My Pack Portal to view.
https://hr.ncsu.edu/extraordinary-pack/pride-of-the-wolfpack/

NC Thinks Employee Suggestion Award Program

Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) – awarded by ESP
Check the Epsilon Sigma Phi website for deadlines

Check the NC State Extension and Engagement website for awards deadlines.