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Important Alert!

In 2019, Nebraska 4-H will only be accepting Achievement Applications for youth applying to attend National 4-H Congress or National 4-H Conference. Career Portfolios will no longer be accepted for any state-level awards or recognition opportunities.

National 4-H Congress is an award program, which provides recognition to 4-H youth for their outstanding performances and achievements in 4-H. It is held annually in Atlanta Georgia.

The purpose of National 4-H Congress is to:

  • provide youth a high quality, relevant educational and cross-cultural experiences not otherwise obtainable within the state.
  • provide an experience focused on current themes of high interest to youth.
  • respond to the diversity of needs and program priorities from state to state.
  • create a learning environment comfortable for youth coming from diverse backgrounds and program experiences.
  • involve youth as full partners in planning, implementing and leading the program.
  • "salute" the contributions that youth currently do and make in their communities now and in the future.
  • enhance visibility for the 4-H youth development program and Extension.

Nebraska Delegates

Nebraska can send delegates to National 4-H Congress each year. Nebraska delegates are selected for a trip to National 4-H Congress by submitting an Achievement Application for state competition. Applicants will be chosen for partial scholarships to attend National 4-H Congress. Alternates are also selected and may attend National 4-H Congress at their own expense.


Youth must be enrolled in 4-H to attend National 4-H Congress. Youth must be between ages 15 (as of January 1 of the Congress year) and 19 years of age. 

4-H'ers may only attend National 4-H Congress once. 4-H'ers attending National 4-H Congress are ineligible to win future awards to attend. However, if a 4-H'er was awarded a trip to Congress and declined the award, they are still eligible to win future awards.

Applicants are selected for a trip to National 4-H Congress by submitting an Achievement Application for state competition in one of five program areas. 4-H'ers can only represent Nebraska at National 4-H Congress in one program area.


To attend National 4-H Congress, 4-H'ers must complete an Achievement Application and submit it for their County's competition. The application must then be selected to represent their county at the state level competitions. 4-H'ers may submit only one application. At the State level, applicants will be selected to represent Nebraska at National 4-H Congress. Please see Achievement Application for more information regarding the submission process and deadlines.


Delegates will be chosen to receive partial scholarships to attend National 4-H Congress. Alternates will also be selected and may attend at their own expense.

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact: