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Recognition, Awards and Scholarships

The Oregon 4-H program provides a variety of informal and formal opportunities for youth to gain recognition. In most cases, recognition opportunities begin at the local or county level and then proceed to the state level. Older youth are provided significant opportunities for recognition at both the state and national level. While the recognition programs vary somewhat from county to county, statewide recognition programs are available to all eligible 4-H members.

Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame

Commemorating More Than 100 Years of Oregon 4-H

In 2004 the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals that have had a significant impact upon the 4-H Program and/or its members and leaders. One hundred people were inducted in 2004 - one person for each year 4-H had existed in the State of Oregon. More honorees are added each year. Visit the Hall of Fame page to search by Year (through 2017), County or Alphabetically.

National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition

The 4-H Beekeeping Essay is a great opportunity for 4-H members to research and write about honey bees. Cash prizes of $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded to the 3 top National winners. 4-H members can also use the information they gather to make an educational display for the fair. Essay contestants are not required to be enrolled in a 4-H beekeeping project.

Download the 2019 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition: Call for Entries for details about eligibility, rules, requirements and awards.

Essays are due to the State 4-H office by February 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Roberta Lundeberg.

State Awards

State level 4-H awards are offered each year to individual members who have demonstrated outstanding contributions in the areas of leadership, citizenship, and communication. There is also an Excellence in Teamwork award.

  • Applicants must be a currently enrolled intermediate or senior 4-H member
  • Members can receive an award once as an intermediate and once as a senior, but there must be at least two years between applications and there must be a major difference in the project or its scope.
  • Members may receive only one state award per year.
  • For the Excellence in Teamwork award, the project must have taken place within the past 12 months.
  • Each county may submit one nominee for each award.
  • Applications must be written by the 4-H member(s).

For criteria on each award, see the links below:

Applications are due in the State 4-H office by March 1, and must be accompanied by a county nomination form

County Medals

County Medals are available to recognize 4 H members in project or activity areas who have demonstrated advanced accomplishments in a 4-H project, as well as in leadership and citizenship activities.

Counties must order and pay for medals directly from the National 4-H Supply Service.


  • Members must be in the 7th through 12th grades
  • Members may receive only one project medal per year
  • Members may also receive a Fashion Revue Medal or an Achievement Medal in the same year they receive a project medal.
  • If merited by outstanding accomplishment, members may receive the same medal once as an Intermediate and once as a Senior. (Exception: Fashion Revue and Achievement Medals may only be awarded once to any member).

Selection Procedure

Counties are responsible for developing a procedure to select county medal winners. It is recommended that counties form a Recognition Committee to review medal applications.

Guidelines for Evaluating County Medal Applications

Experiences in 4-H Projects and Activities - 50% As shown by:

  • New knowledge, attitudes and skills learned
  • Scope and characteristics of projects and activities
  • Project and activity participation experiences

Experiences in 4-H Leadership - 25% As shown by:

  • Leadership participation
  • Offices held and committee assignments

Experiences in Citizenship and Community Service - 25% As shown by:

  • Development of positive attitudes toward service to others
  • Participation in citizenship and community service activities