Awards and Recognition

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I Dare You Award
William H. Danforth’s book, I Dare You, was first published in 1931. It is still considered one of the most influential books in the area of personal motivation. The book is published and distributed by the American Youth Foundation through its I Dare You committee. The I Dare You Leadership Award is not a contest or competition. High school principals and county agents are asked to select (or have a staff or committee select) nominees. The award consists of a copy of I Dare You, a certificate, and an invitation to apply for a scholarship to attend a 7-day International Leadership Conference (ILC) at one of A.Y.F.’s three sites ( Michigan, New Hampshire and California). The award recognizes excellence in character, well-balanced personal development, and potential for leadership. A prepaid processing fee of $20.00 is required whether one or two selections are made. The fees must accompany the selection forms. I Dare You application forms and ILC brochures, posters and information packets are available from the American Youth Foundation.
Contact: American Youth Foundation,
Attention: I Dare You Committee
Department 620
St. Louis, MO 63179
Phone: 314-646-6000, Website:
Gold Star
The Gold Star Award is the highest county achievement award and will be awarded only once in a member’s 4-H career. Counties have award quotas based on the number of senior 4-H members. The award is presented to the most deserving young people without regard to sex. The following are minimum requirements that must be met.
The member must be at least 15 at the time of application and must have completed at least 3 years in 4-H, including the current year.
The 4-H member must submit an awards program recordbook in the year he or she is to be considered for the award.
The 4-H member must have completed projects in three different project areas, have submitted appropriate record forms, and have participated in one or more activities in at least three of the following areas: Educational PresentationsCitizenship activities, Projects, Project exhibits, Camps, Leadership labs, Public relations (speeches, poster displays, radio, TV, newspapers), Other (includes exchange programs, fundraising, State and National Congress, etc.)
Note: The requirements for projects and activities do not all have to be completed in the current year. They may have been accomplished over the entire period of time the person has been in the program.
The member must have exhibited leadership skills by serving as a 4-H officer or committee chairman (club county, district or state), and/or as a junior or teen leader in an activity or project with or under the supervision of an adult volunteer leader. The 4-H member must have participated in one or more community service activities. Examples are working with or counseling junior 4-H members; participating in community service projects (individual, group or club); and motivating other 4-H members through participation in demonstrations, projects and/or exhibits.
History of the Gold Star
The following information was prepared by Mr. Lynch in a memorandum to Director Gibson on December 9, 1952.
“The presentation of the Gold Star Pin was begun in 1933, the first year Mr. E.C. Martin was Boys 4-H Club Specialist. Mr. Martin tells us the pin was prompted by an effort to recognize the people who did the work rather than the agents.
Previous to this time, the agents submitting the largest number of 4-H records
received the recognition.
Records in the Fiscal office the first Gold Star Pins were purchased in 1933.
For the first several years the Gold Star Pins were presented at a dinner during Short Course at College Station.
In the beginning each county made a nomination of their outstanding 4-H member and 100 members were selected to receive the award. After several years, the awards were presented to the outstanding 4-H boy and 4-H girl in each county.” (Cox, et. al)
In 1985, the Gold Star begin to be awarded to the top 4-H members in a county, regardless of gender. The number of Gold Stars are determined based on the membership of the total county 4-H enrollment.
Contact Information:
Dr. Toby L. Lepley
Extension 4-H and Youth Development Specialist
4180 Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845
Phone: 979-845-1212, Email:
Gloria Barron Prize For Young Heroes
Honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet. Emphasis is placed on young people who help the environment. Winners receive a $2,000 cash award. 
Contact Information:
The Barron Prize
545 Pearl Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Congressional Award
The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ award for young Americans. It is nonpartisan, voluntary and noncompetitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas—Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace, on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals. Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge. The Congressional Award is open to all. For more information: 

Volunteer Recognition

Submit a 2014 Volunteer Award Nomination Here

2014 Awards Packet with Worksheets

List of the 2013 Honorees

Citation for Outstanding Service to 4-H
This award recognizes an individual or a business who has made an outstanding contribution to Texas 4-H programs ON A REGIONAL OR STATE BASIS. Awards are generally made based on a long-term commitment rather than a one-time program. Individuals or businesses that are local supporters, and limit their contributions to local programs, should be recognized at the local level. Click Here for previous winners.
Texas 4-H Alumni Award
The Texas 4-H Alumni Award will recognize adults who have made significant achievements IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. Consideration is given to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding record of achievement AS A 4-H MEMBER and who have shown evidence of 4-H’s influence on their adult lives. Continued service to 4-H in adulthood is very important. This award is sponsored by the Texas 4-H Friends and Alumni Association.  Click here for previous winners
Meritorious Service Award 
The 4-H Volunteers Leaders’ Association of Texas annually recognizes two outstanding Extension professionals for their role in making 4-H volunteers more effective with the Meritorious Service Award. Click here for previous winners. 
Texas 4-H Salute to Excellence Award
This award recognizes outstanding 4-H volunteers for their service to 4-H programs and the impact that they have had on the lives of young people. Each district may select two recipients who will be honored with this award. A couple may count as one nominee. The awards are sponsored by the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program. Click here for previous winners.
Texas 4-H Leader Legacy Award
This award recognizes a 4-H leader who has been an integral part of the 4-H and Youth Development Program for 20 years or more. The person who is nominated for this award may or may not be the person who is always in the spotlight, but is one who makes an impact and a difference on the 4-H members with whom he/she works. Stretch beyond normal thinking and be inclusive in making a selection for this prestigious nomination. Click here for previous winners.

Contact Information

Dr. Toby L. Lepley
Extension 4-H and Youth Development Specialist
4180 Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845
Phone:  979-845-1212
Fax:  979-845-6495

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