Join us on August 12, at 3:30-4:00 p.m. (Eastern) in a webinar to answer any questions you have about the award application process. To register:


NAEPSDP members are doing great work and we want to recognize those accomplishments through our Awards programs. An overview of and the qualifications for each award is provided below. Click on the name of an award to take you to the online application form for that award. Please carefully review the guidelines and apply yourself or nominate someone else.

NAEPSDP Outstanding Contributor Award— This award is the most prestigious award given by NAEPSDP. It recognizes individuals who initiate and develop creative ways to enrich the learning process. Efforts may focus on innovative programming or tools for staff development, evaluation, or administrative processes at local, regional, state or national level. The award, which includes a plaque and a cash award of $500, is presented at the NAEPSDP Annual meeting. Applications are due August 31.

NAEPSDP Past Presidents Early Career Award—This award recognizes an Extension professional with less than 10 years of experience in the profession who has made notable contributions to the profession. Nominees must be paid members in good standing with the organization (current year’s dues paid) and must have held membership in the Association for a minimum of two (2) years during the 10-year period. Self-nominations are accepted. The award, which includes a plaque and a cash award of $300, is presented at the NAEPSDP Annual Meeting. Applications are due August 31.

NAEPSDP–JCEP Excellence in Extension Staff Development Award  — This award recognizes individuals who use creativity, innovation, and evidence to develop and deliver staff development initiatives that strengthen the employee capacity of Cooperative Extension systems. Efforts may focus on innovative initiatives, tools, assessments, practices, and/or other products for staff development at the local, regional, state or national level. The award, which includes a plaque and a cash award of $300, is presented at the NAEPSDP Annual Meeting. This award is co-sponsored by the Joint Council on Extension Professionals (JCEP).

NAEPSDP First Time Conference Attendee Award — This scholarship is given to eligible individual(s) who will be attending the NAEPSDP Annual Conference for the first time. This scholarship is intended to promote membership in NAEPSDP and participation at the annual conference. This scholarship award will be equal to the annual conference registration fee of the year the scholarship is awarded. Eligibility: 1) A first time conference attendee; 2) Current Active or Student member; 3) Membership dues for the calendar year in which the conference takes place must be paid prior to submitting the application.The scholarship will be presented to the winner(s) at the NAEPSDP annual conference. Applications are due August 31.

Award recipients will be officially notified by October 1 so that they can make plans to attend the NAEPSDP Annual Conference to be formally recognized by the Association and the award sponsors. To the extent possible, the winner of the Outstanding Contributor Award will remain a secret until it is presented.

Be sure to check this site frequently and be on the lookout for new opportunities for awards.

Questions regarding these awards should be directed to:

Teresa McCoy
NAEPSDP Awards & Recognition Committee Co-Chair

Amanda Rysz

NAEPSDP Awards & Recognition Committee Co-Chair

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