4-H Emerald Awards

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Recognizing Michigan’s Outstanding 4-H Alumni, Volunteers & Partners

The Michigan 4-H Emerald Awards recognize Michigan’s outstanding 4-H alumni, volunteers and partners at the Town & Country Gala for Michigan’s Youth held every other year. The next gala will be held in 2018.

The 4-H Emerald Awards are:


  • About the Michigan 4-H Citation Award

    Since its inception in 1946, the Michigan 4-H Citation Award has honored and recognized individuals and organizations whose contributions to and support of MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development programs, have significantly advanced the work of Michigan 4-H on a multicounty, regional, statewide and national basis. The contributions of honorees have served to expand the capacity of Michigan 4-H to positively impact the lives of Michigan’s young people in significant and meaningful ways. This award is the highest recognition presented by Michigan 4-H.


  • About the 4-H Emerald Clover Society

    The Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society honors Michigan 4-H alumni whose professional leadership and community service reflect the ultimate outcome of 4-H membership — extraordinary use of an individual’s head, heart, hands and health to make communities, our country and our world better places in which to live. 4-H Emerald Clover Society members are inducted every two years. The inaugural class was inducted in 2002 in honor of the national 4-H centennial. Subsequent classes were inducted in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.


  • About the 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards

    The 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards annually honor outstanding volunteers for their dedication to youth. The Lifetime Volunteer Award is presented to a 4-H volunteer who has spent 10 or more years volunteering for 4-H; the Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a 4-H volunteer with less than 10 years of service. Recipients of each award are submitted for regional and national 4-H volunteer recognition honors. This award is funded by the Michigan 4-H Volunteer Recognition Fund.


  • About the Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award

    The Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes outstanding achievements of Michigan 4-H volunteers or groups that have exhibited excellence in 4-H youth education and leadership development in the areas of 4-H beef cattle; dairy cattle; goats; horses; horticulture, crops and soils; poultry; rabbits; sheep; swine; and veterinary science. This award is funded by the Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Endowment Fund.