Recognition Opportunities

2015 State 4-H Recognition Day

NOTE: 2015 Material links should all have November 2014 in the footer.

All applications and materials must be submitted via electronic submission in JotFormPro by 11:59 PM on February 1, 2015.  Make sure you submit a viable email address for contact. 

The recognition opportunities we share on this page are primarily for Iowa 4-H high school students.  To apply, it's a similar process for each opportunity. 

Recognition Opportunities Available (PDF)

  • Click on "Application" under the Opportunity for which you wish to apply.
  • Fill out an electronic cover sheet that will then give you the unique JotForm link to your application. You will also receive an email with the link to your application so you can access it as many times as needed until you click "Submit".
  • Fill out information pertinent to the opportunity. Each time you click on a "Next" button your application information will be saved. You may exit the application and then access it again with the link you were given..
  • Answer five directed questions about the application specific opportunity or honor.
  • Type in or attach two pages of support material to enhance your application.
  • Be prepared to travel to ISU in Ames on Saturday, March 28, 2015 to interview for all opportunities for which you apply. (Note: If you have a true conflict with this date, other arrangements can be made. Contact Cayla Taylor,, 515-294-1877.)

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For more information on recognition opportunities and awards, please contact 4-H Recognition Day coordinator, Cayla Taylor-, 515-294-1877


CLICK on each Header below to find out more about the specific opportunity. 
Each Application contains unique information, cover sheet, interview time request, and support material information.  

National 4-H Conference Information
National 4-H Conference is a week-long trip to our nation's capital.  Youth stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD with delegates from across the nation.  The goal of the event is for youth to share their perspective on the 4-H program with national leaders, including Congressional members. (Number of participants chosen contingent upon available funding in 2015-2016)

  • National 4-H Conference Application 
  • Conference Support Materials Eval. Form (PDF)
  • Conference Interview Eval. Form (PDF)


National 4-H Congress Information
This event is held over the Thanksgiving holiday each year in Atlanta, GA. The event includes dynamic keynote speakers, community service in the Atlanta area, workshops on leadership, cultural issues, and team-building. Delegates will also get a chance to tour the city of Atlanta. (Participation contingent upon available funding in 2014-2015)

  • National 4-H Congress Application 
  • Congress Support Materials Eval. Form (PDF)
  • Congress Interview Eval. Form (PDF)


State 4-H Council Information
This group of high school students works directly with Iowa 4-H Youth Development staff to represent the program across the state.  They speak to local 4-H groups, represent 4-H'ers ideas to staff, and work in committees to plan the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, 4-H'ers for 4-H campaign, and 4-H promotional ideas.   Meet this year's state 4-H council and learn more about their role here.

  • State 4-H Council Application 
  • State CouncilSupport Materials Eval. Form (PDF)
  • State Council Interview Eval. Form (PDF)



State Project Awards Information
4-H'ers who have focused on specific project areas during their 4-H experience can apply for recognition for their efforts through this program.  Awarded a $100 tentative award, 4-H'ers who have demonstrated mastery, leadership, communication, and service in their project will be recognized as the top in the state.  4-H'ers may apply under two project areas -- only one project area per year will be awarded. See information for rules.

  • State Project Award #1 Application 
  • State Project Award #2 Application
  • Project Support Materials Eval. Form (PDF)
  • Project Interview Eval. Form (PDF)



State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program Information
The 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program is designed to promote 4-H and specifically 4-H Shooting Sports. Youth selected to serve as Ambassadors will receive training to become advocates for the program at county, regional, and state levels. Through the program, Ambassadors develop their skills in leadership, public presentation, citizenship, community service, public relations and team building.

  • Shooting Sports Ambassador Application 
  • Shooting Sports Ambassador Support Materials Eval. Form (PDF) -- Coming
  • Shooting Sports Ambassador Interview Eval. Form (PDF) -- Coming


National 4-H Dairy Conference Information
4-H'ers active in the dairy project can apply for this annual conference, held in Wisconsin.   


Recognition in 4-H is an acknowledgment and affirmation of the personal growth of an individual. It can be public or private. It can be within the individual or provided by others. Recognition in 4-H includes encouragement and support for learning and comes as a result of participation in educational experiences.

Recognition is one strategy to help youth become more capable and competent. It happens through recognizing and appreciating each person's effort and providing positive reinforcement to continue participating in learning activities.

Recognition in 4-H has several purposes:
  • Recognition can be a motivator for some young people to excel and take risks.
  • Recognition can foster self-appraisal skills, providing a strong foundation for each young person to engage in self-reflection and self-praise without the need for external rewards.
  • Recognition can encourage and support the efforts of young people as they engage in individualized learning, peer competition or cooperation.
  • Recognition, used in all its forms, can provide balance to the recognition young people receive as they move through our educational programs to increasingly difficult challenges.

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