Regional and National Excellence in Extension Award Nominations Open

Consider recognizing faculty and staff with these regional and national awards. The Individual Award for Excellence in Extension recognizes Cooperative Extension professionals who excel at Extension programming, make a positive impact with audiences, and provide visionary leadership for the system. Regional nomination deadlines are listed below, along with specific forms that must be used. Two North Central Individual Awards will be given. Both will be considered for nomination to the national competition. Regional nominations for Individual awards are due March 18 (to be handled before national deadlines). Use the attached form for Individual Award nominations.

The new Team Award for Excellence in Extension recognizes an Extension team in performing the work of Extension research, technical assistance, and outreach education. The award acknowledges outstanding collaboration, sharing, and mobilizing multi-institutional responses, and fostering partnerships to address pressing issues across states or multiple jurisdictions. Two North Central Team Awards will be given with one becoming the NCR’s nomination for the national award. Regional nominations for Team Awards are due March 18. Use the attached form for Team Award nominations.

All nominations from the North Central Region should be sent directly to by March 18 close of business. From the nominations received by March 18, two regional winners will be selected for each type of award, and those two will be asked to complete national award nomination materials by May 1.

The Diversity in Extension Award recognizes accomplishments of Cooperative Extension professionals, either an individual or a team, in achieving organizational changes that support diversity, pluralism and innovation in programs that impact learners. This award is designed to focus national attention on innovative models and techniques that ensure that Extension programs equitably engage all appropriate audiences in an effective manner. No attachments will be accepted for this award. The deadline for the Diversity in Extension Award is May 1. More information can be found at, and application are submitted directly to that website.