Scholarships & Awards

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Delaware 4-H Foundation Scholarship


Daisy 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship


Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship

  • Each year, the Foundation, supported by the Delaware Equine Council, awards scholarships to a few high-achieving students, pursuing their education in fields that will enhance the equine or agricultural industry.


Download the Delaware Scholarship Compendium




Delaware 4-H Youth in Action (YIA) Award

Due to the present COVID-19 situation and restrictions currently in place, the 2020 Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation has been postponed.  This event will be rescheduled and held on October 2, 2021 at Modern Maturity Center to induct the laureates for this period. 

This recognition event is normally held every two years and will be held again in October 2022 to allow the event to be back on schedule. If questions, please feel free to contact Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader.

This award honors four Delaware 4-H’ers who have gained critical life skills through their 4-H experience and have utilized those skills to overcome a challenge or challenges they have faced.  Every honoree is an outstanding 4-H’er who epitomizes 4-H youth empowerment and leadership.  The 2019 awards will highlight youth in each of our core areas. Through a formal selection process, one awardee will be chosen within each pillar area:

  • Youth in Action: Agriculture
  • Youth in Action: Citizenship
  • Youth in Action: Healthy Living
  • Youth in Action: STEM


Diamond Clover 4-H Award  

  • The award consists of six levels that each require a 4-Her to plan and accomplish a broad range of age-appropriate tasks, acquiring valuable life skills as they progress.


Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame

  • In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, National 4-H Council and 4-H National Headquarters partnered to create the National 4-H Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, Extension professionals, staff employees, donors and others who made a significant impact on 4-H at the local, state or national level.  This event is sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation.

    Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates:

Induction of National 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates 

  • Sam Gwinn, 2002 ~ Jim Baker, 2005 
  • Marion MacDonald, 2006 ~ Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, 2007 Thurman Adams, 2008 ~ Larry Shaffer, 2010 
  • Joy Sparks, 2012 
  • Linda Sullivan, 2006, National 4 -H Salute to Excellence Winner


2012 Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame Pioneer Class Induction of Laureates – 1914-1922 

  • Alex Cobb ~ Helen Comstock 
  • Dorothy Emerson ~ Agnes Medill 
  • Theodore Martin ~ M.O. Pence 
  • George Dewey -Sapp ~ Nellie Snyder 
  • Induction of Laureates – 1923-1964 
  • Martha Benson ~ Floyd Blessing 
  • Ann Clendaniel ~ Ralph Clendaniel 
  • Maurice “Pop” Field ~ John Hastings 
  • Cliff Hufnal ~ Pauline Hufnal 
  • Mabel Lambden ~ Isaac Thomas 
  • Bill Walther ~ Sylvia Walther 
  • George Worrilow
  • Frances Clinton * and Earl Clinton * - Kent County H. Wallace Cook, Jr. (Hap) - New Castle County H. Wallace Cook, Sr. (Wallace) * - New Castle County Susan Benson Cox * - Kent County 

  • Jane Everline * - Kent County 

  • Lola Gibbs * - Kent County 

  • Betty Lou Gooden * - Kent County 

  • Jay Hukill - Sussex County 

  • Carlene Jones - Sussex County 

  • Ruth Ann Messick and Robert Messick * - Kent County Frances Millman * - Sussex County 

  • Sally Moller * - Kent County 

  • Patricia Shaffer * - New Castle County 

  • Barbara Taylor - Sussex County 

  • Grace V. Tinley * - Kent County 

  • William (Bill) and Ellen Vanderwende - Sussex County Carole Vincent - Sussex County 

  • Betty Jo (BJ) Van Kavelaar - Kent County 

* Deceased

  • Mary Frances Argo – Sussex County 

  • Dean Belt – New Castle County 

  • Helen Blessing – Kent County 

  • Margaret Carey – Sussex County 

  • Patricia Mae Correll – Sussex County 

  • C. Fred Grampp – Kent County 

  • Dan Hudson – Kent County 

  • Leona Hudson – Kent County 

  • Betty Jestice – Sussex County 

  • Jim Kemble – New Castle County 

  • Sue Ann Clendaniel McClements – Kent County 

  • Virginia Melson – Sussex County 

  • Franklin E. Melson, Sr. – Sussex County 

  • Evelyn Messick – Sussex County 

  • LeRoy Messick – Sussex County 

  • Betty Niblett – New Castle County 

  • Richard Niblett – New Castle County 

  • T. Harold Palmer – Kent/Sussex Counties 

  • Joyce Simpson – Sussex County 

  • Mary Thomas – Kent County 

  • Barbara Tatman Warren – Kent County

  • Richard Brown- Kent County 

  • Mary Grampp Brown- Kent County 

  • Charmayne Busker- Kent County 

  • William Campbell- Sussex County 

  • Howard Clendaniel- Kent County 

  • Nancy Clendaniel- Kent County 

  • Karen Crouse- Kent County 

  • Alice Mae Dempsey- Kent County 

  • Clara Feucht- New Castle County 

  • Barbara Gooden- Kent County 

  • George Haenlein- New Castle County 

  • Dorothy Hopkins- Sussex County 

  • William Hopkins- Sussex County 

  • Mark Manno- New Castle County 

  • Betty Palmer- Kent County 

  • Cliff Palmer- Kent County 

  • Deloris Reynolds- New Castle County 

  • Rodney Reynolds- New Castle County 

  • Dana Sharpe- Kent County 

  • Jean Wilson- Sussex County

  • Charles Bostick 

  • Doris Bostick 

  • Ron Breeding 

  • Bette Butler 

  • Ellen Cooper 

  • Brenda Ebling 

  • Chuck Ebling 

  • Marian Harvey
  • Janice Melson
  • Richard Melson 

  • David Price 

  • Esther Ridley
  • Joel Ridley 
  • Brenda Shaffer 

  • Denis Shaffer 

  • Anna Tucker 

  • Becky Vanderwende
  • Joyce Wright 
  • Herman Zeitler 

  • Mary Jane Zeitler


National 4-H Hall of Fame

  • The National 4-H Hall of Fame Task Force of NAE4-HA, in cooperation with National 4-H Council and 4-H National Headquarters.  Our goal is for NAE4-HA members, foundation/development professionals and 4-H faculty at all levels to work together to select and nominate the most deserving candidate of each Land-grant institution to the National 4-H Hall of Fame.


Joy Sparks Spirit of 4-H Award

  • The Joy Sparks Spirit of 4-H Award recognizes outstanding individuals who exhibit enthusiasm, dedication and exemplify 4-H spirit and values. The award is named in memory of 4-H state program leader Joy Sparks, who died Feb. 17, 2009.


National 4-H Salute to Excellence

  • The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

  • The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.
    • 2012 – Emma Rider, Sussex County, was named Delaware’s top high school youth volunteer by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

4-H National Clover Emblem 

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