Numerous awards programs recognize northeast Extension professionals at the regional and national level each year. Explore the table below for critical information on many of those regional and national programs. Explore our other pages for detailed information on NEED’s Exceptional Local Educator Award and the ECOP Excellence in Extension Award.

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Award NameAwarding OrganizationRelevant for…?Key Dates (2023)
NEED Exceptional Local Educator AwardAssociation of Northeast Extension DirectorsCommunity-based Extension Educators and Agents. LINKMay 1 – Applications due to NEED.
ECOP Excellence in Extension Individual AwardExtension Committee on Organization and PolicyAll Extension professionals with strong research, publication, and funding portfolios. LINK.March 1 – Preliminary applications due to NEED through the appropriate NEED member.

May 1 – Final improved and endorsed applications due to ECOP.
ECOP Excellence in Extension Team AwardExtension Committee on Organization and PolicyExtension teams of +3 people. LINK.May 1 – Applications due to ECOP.
ECOP Diversity AwardExtension Committee on Organization and PolicyInnovative Extension
models and techniques. LINK.
May 1 – Applications due to ECOP.
ANREP Association AwardsAssociation of Natural Resource Extension ProfessionalsMembers of ANREP – Achievement and Educational Materials awards available. LINK January 3 – Accepting applications.
NACAA Association AwardsNational Association of County Agricultural Agents.Members of NACAA – Communications (13 categories), Achievement, Distinguished Service, and Hall of Fame Awards available. LINKMarch 15 – Entries must be posted to NACAA website.
JCEP Creative Excellence AwardsJoint Council of Extension Professionals.Members of JCEP member associations. LINKMarch 15 – Applications due to home organization.
NACDEP Association AwardsNational Association of Community Development Extension ProfessionalsMembers of NACDEP – Excellence in Community Development Work, Cross-Program, Educational Materials, Educational Technology, Innovation and Creativity, Diversity, Excellence in Teamwork, National Service, and Career awards available. LINKJanuary 31 – Applications due to NACDEP.
NAE4-HYDP Association AwardsNational Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development ProfessionalsMembers of NAE4-HYDP – Service Awards (4 categories), Specialty Awards (27 categories), and Communicator Awards (15 categories) available. LINKMarch 1 – Applications due to NEA4-HYDP
NAEPSDP Association AwardsNational Association of Extension Program and Staff Development ProfessionalsMembers of NAEPSDP – Outstanding Contributor, Early Career, Excellence in Extension Staff Development, and First Time Conference Attendee Awards available. LINKSeptember 1 – Applications due to NAEPSDP
NEAFCS Association AwardsNational Extension Association of Family and Consumer SciencesMembers of NEAFCS – 28 awards are available. See the 2023 awards manual for details. LINKMarch 15 – Applications due to NEAFCS