Every 4‑H’er has a story, and those stories are worth telling! Sharing your 4‑H story could earn you a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards!

The 2019 4‑H Youth in Action Award application is now closed. Check out the 2019 4‑H Youth in Action Award pillar winners! 


2019 4‑H Youth in Action Awards

The 4‑H Youth in Action Program recognizes four confident young leaders in our core pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM.

Each Pillar Winner will experience an exciting year of telling their 4‑H story and celebrating their leadership. Winners receive:

  • $5,000 higher education scholarship
  • Promotional video showcasing their 4‑H impact story
  • All-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards
  • Networking opportunities with 4‑H celebrities and other prominent alumni
  • Recognition as the official 4‑H youth spokesperson for their pillar

One Pillar Winner will be selected as the 4‑H Youth in Action National Award Winner and will receive an additional higher education scholarship.

2019 Pillar Winners

Addy Battel


Cass City, Michigan

Whether she is teaching youth with special needs to care for farm animals or fighting hunger in her hometown, Addy Battel demonstrates the leadership skills she gained in 4‑H through her passion for empowering youth to be the change they want to...

Mason McClintock

Civic Engagement

Alma, Georgia

From his retro sense of style to his effervescent personality, Mason McClintock always felt different from others his age. Then, 4‑H came into the picture, and became an outlet for him to be himself, feel encouraged by his peers and adults and find...

Elisabeth Watkins

Healthy Living

Linden, California

Elisabeth Watkins, a California 4‑H’er, became passionate about healthy living during elementary school. After facing health challenges that forced her to stop competitive gymnastics, she found her purpose and her passion in 4‑H cooking projects. As she learned more about nutrition, living a...

Clyde Van Dyke


Johnson City, New York

Clyde Van Dyke was told at a young age that he likely would not graduate from high school or ever be successful. Facing many challenges, he didn’t have the support he needed and lacked the confidence to get out of his...

2019 Finalists

Rose Fiorenza


Brawley, California

As a young girl, Rose Fiorenza was painfully shy, afraid to even make eye contact with others. That all changed when 4‑H gave her the confidence and platform to be a leader. A little over four years ago, Rose and a team of...

Ashley Jordan


San Jose, California

Within the span of one year, Ashley Jordan’s life turned upside down when she lost her home to a fire and both her great-grandma and grandma passed away. For most ten-year-olds, these losses would be devastating. But through 4‑H, Ashley found an...

Beth Armstrong

Civic Engagement

Tuttle, Oklahoma

At nine years old, Beth Armstrong’s family moved to the largest city in Oklahoma with no public library. Using the leadership skills she gained in 4‑H, she had the confidence she needed to join with a group of citizens who were determined to...

Kamilah Valentin Diaz

Civic Engagement

Indianapolis, Indiana

Kamilah Valentin Diaz is a third generation 4‑H’er with a passion for 4‑H and cultural diversity. As a native of Puerto Rico, she watched her abuelo (grandpa) work for 4‑H through the University of Puerto Rico and saw her mom follow in his...

Pearl Daskam

Healthy Living

Ubly, Michigan

For Pearl Daskam, 4‑H has been a constant source of growth, achievement, challenges and pride. After realizing that her local food bank only provided beans and peanut butter for protein, Pearl worked with a team of 4‑H’ers to develop Meating the Need for...

Casey Lay

Healthy Living

Helotes, Texas

As a third grader, Casey Lay had been in speech therapy for several years when she joined 4‑H. What started as an outlet to meet others and improve her speaking skills turned into a passion for public speaking, food and nutrition and the...

Ruhika Lankalapalli


Sanford, Florida

The 4‑H program exposed Ruhika Lankalapalli to the world of robotics, and she’s never looked back. As an advocate for STEM, Ruhika has worked to expose more youth to robotics and to demonstrate to industry leaders the significance of partnership between STEM education...

Isabella Wabindato


Ashland, Wisconsin

When Isabella Wabindato moved from a dairy farm in central Wisconsin to her Indian Reservation, she hoped to quickly get back involved in 4‑H to make new friends. She soon learned, though, that although her county was about 25 percent Native American, almost...

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The 4‑H Youth in Action Awards toolkit provides resources for 4‑H professionals and 4‑H volunteers to use to support 4‑H members who are applying for the program. Promotional materials are also provided to promote the 4‑H YOUTH IN ACTION AWARDS to 4‑H members.

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2018 Award Recipients

Cassandra Ivie

National Youth in Action Award and STEM Pillar

Serena Woodard

Agriculture Pillar


Kyra-Lee Harry

Civic Engagement Pillar

Sophia Rodriguez

Healthy Living Pillar

2017 Award Recipients

Amelia Day

National Youth in Action Award and Civic Engagement Pillar

Samuel Sugarman

Agriculture Pillar


Bryanne Sanchez

Healthy Living Pillar

Ava Lonneman

STEM Pillar