4-H Opportunities

State 4-H Recognition is the process in which senior 4-H members in grades 9-12 can apply to be selected for special statewide opportunities such as awards and trips. The purpose of this event is to provide an avenue for youth recognition and to provide young people with an opportunity to practice and grow leadership, communications, and college and career readiness skills through application and interview activities.

State 4-H Recognition Opportunities Important Dates

  • Applications open in 4HOnline on January 1. Interviews may be done in person or by video teleconference.
  • The application deadline every year is 11:59 PM on February 1.
    • There will be workshops available December-March on all aspects of applying. See below.
  • Interview selection and schedule are announced in the first week of March.
    • On-Campus Interviews in Ames, IA on March 23, 2024 between 9AM and 3PM.
    • Virtual interviews will be offered on March 16, 2024 between 9AM and 3PM and March 19, 2024 between 4PM and 7PM.
    • No additional dates or times will be offered.
  • Awards are announced every year in mid-April.

4-H Recognition Day has given me the opportunity to prepare a resume and be interviewed, both skills that will be valuable in my future. I recommend this experience for all 4-Hers looking to prepare themselves for a job or career after high school. --Britt Bowersox, Graham Champions 4-H Club, Johnson County