4-H Recognitions, Awards and Scholarships

Progress toward personal goals

Progress toward personal goals enables youth to gain experience in goal-setting and realistic self-assessment as they plan their projects, set their goals and reflect on their experience. This area of the recognition program connects closely with the essential elements of belonging and independence and mastery.

Project record

Youth self-select projects and goals at the beginning of the project year and then reflect on the experience at the close of the year. The purpose is to help members learn to set goals, reflect on their experience and apply this experience to other parts of their life. Eligible youth are 4-H members 8 to 18 on December 31st of the program year .

Key award

The Key Award, the highest award a 4-H member can receive, recognizes 4-H members who have achieved significant leadership at the club or group, community and state levels. The Key Award is a prestigious award rewarding 4-H members for their hard work and accomplishments as well as the contribution they have made to the overall 4-H program.

The objective of the Key Award is to encourage the growth of Missouri youth in the areas of leadership, community service and project excellence.

Award certificates

Versatile certificate that can be used for participation, progress toward personal goals, peer competition and standards of excellence.

State excellence awards

Missouri 4-H recognition forms level 1, 2 and 3 are used as both progress toward personal goals and peer competition.

State 4-H Foundation Scholarships

The Missouri 4-H Foundation offers educational scholarships for 4-H members and former 4-H members pursuing post-secondary study.