Annual Achievement Application

The Nebraska 4-H Annual Achievement Application is for all 4-H participants ages 8-18. It will be used for the selection of county, state, and national awards and recognition, including the selection of delegates to the National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference. To serve as a delegate for either national experience, youth must turn ages 15-19 during the calendar year in which the trip occurs. Youth interested in being considered as a delegate for these national experiences must make that designation on their application.

  • National 4-H Conference is a weeklong program held at the National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase, MD in March-April. It is a future-focused program that aims to build strong leaders through roundtable discussions, team-building activities, group assemblies, and visits with national legislators.
  • National 4-H Congress is held in November in Atlanta, GA. The program provides opportunities to learn about community involvement, cultural diversity, and service to others.

All Applicants

All Nebraska 4-H participants, ages 8-18 are encouraged to complete this application for acknowledgment of their annual achievements in 4-H and to be eligible for any county and state level awards. 

National Experience Applicants

Applicants must:

  • Turn age 15 to 18 during the calendar year in which the trip occurs to be considered.
  • Not have been a delegate to the program in which they are applying
  • Be able to miss one full week of school and/or work to attend the program
  • Be a participant in Nebraska 4-H in any delivery mode
  • Be dependable and punctual

If select, delegates will

  • Participate in an orientation and complete pre-program assignments
  • Check and respond to email and other online information regularly in preparation for the leadership experience
  • Participate fully in the program
  • Carry out follow-up responsibilities designated by the 4-H program
  • Make public appearances for 4-H
  • Expenses: The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides partial sponsorships. Delegates will be responsible for travel to and from the airport from their home, meals to and from the leadership experience location, optional tours, and souvenirs they wish to purchase.

Instructions

Applications must be completed electronically.

Limit responses in the "My Experiences" section to a maximum of three pages, single spaced, 12-point font.

In the selection process, significant accomplishments in your 4-H experience, leadership, community involvement, and career spark are given more consideration than the number of 4-H projects completed.

Please do not send a list of your awards. You may include selected awards as part of the "My Experiences" section of the application.

Creativity is encouraged. Use bulleted lists, photos, infographics, etc. to help tell your 4-H story.

National Experience Applicants Only 

A fourth page is allowed for those applying for the national experiences.

As you complete the application, remember that while participation in 4-H programs, leadership, and community are important, the information you can share when you return from the leadership experience is equally important.

Submission

County-Level Review

Please submit the following items via email to your local Extension office by their deadline. 

  • Completed application, including:
    • About Me page
    • My Experience page
    • Additional responses required for national experience applicants only (1-page max)
    • Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application page for age-eligible applicants only

State-Level Review

Following your county-level review, please make revisions as needed. Submit your completed application for state-level review no later than January 15th via email to:

If you have not previously submitted to a county, you are still eligible to submit an application by January 15th for all consideration for state-level awards and scholarships.

National Experience Delegate Selection Process

A selection committee will screen applications.

Applicants may be contacted for further information.

Applicants who have not been awarded a National 4-H leadership opportunity previously will be given preference.

In the selection process, significant accomplishments in your 4-H experienceleadershipcommunity involvement, and career spark are given more consideration than the number of 4-H projects completed.

Delegates will be notified in January.

Finalists and alternates will be selected.

Please note: Chosen delegates may be required to travel to an airport that is not the closest to them due to chaperone location and cost restrictions.

For questions about the Annual Achievement Application, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Jill Lingard
EMAIL: jlingard@unl.edu
PHONE: 402-472-1710

For questions about the national leadership experiences, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Maria Walker
EMAIL: maria.walker@unl.edu
PHONE: 402-624-8000