In addition to awards, you can apply for an extension fellowship to assist with professional development needs. See the extension fellowships page for details.
ESP recognizes professional excellence and achievement of members with a number of state and national awards. Chapter awards are defined in Section D of the National ESP Handbook, but nominations and selection are carried out by the chapter.
2015 Award recipients summary (PDF)
2014 Award recipients summary (PDF)
2013 Award recipients summary(PDF)
List of past award recipients (PDF) — updated Nov. 2014
Nominations for ESP awards will be accepted in August. Specific deadlines will be announced here.
Fillable PDF forms may be saved as a completed file, then sent as an attachment to Lynda.
Team award nomination form (fillable PDF) | DOCX
Individual award nomination form (fillable PDF) | DOCX
State Certificate of Recognition
- Outstanding Regional Extension Faculty (Woman)
- Outstanding Regional Extension Faculty (Man)
- Outstanding State Extension Faculty
Application should emphasize the nominee's success in program development, regional or campus activities, innovative methods used, use of evaluation, willingness to cooperate, and other successful activities. Contributions may be of a general nature or may be specific to Agriculture, 4-H Youth Development, Human Environmental Sciences, Business/Industry, Community/Public Sector or Continuing Education. (Must be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi.)
Early Career Service Award
Recognizes the new extension professional who has exhibited the potential for leadership and excellence in extension program planning, delivery, evaluation, in program and/or administration during the first 10 years of their career. (Must be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi.)
Mid-Career Service Award (10–20 years of service)
Recognizes the experienced extension professional who has consistently exhibited leadership and excellence in extension program planning, delivery, evaluation, in program and/or administration for over 10 years and less than 20 years. (Must be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi.)
Distinguished Service Award (20 years of service)
Recognizes experienced extension professionals who consistently exhibit continuing leadership, initiative, and excellence in extension program planning, delivery, and evaluation in program, or in administration, on a state or regional basis, over a career of more than 20 years. (Must be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi.)
The National Ruby Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor of the extension profession.
Continued Excellence Award
Recognizes an experienced extension professional with more than twenty five years of experience who has exhibited continued leadership, initiative, and excellence in extension program planning, delivery, evaluation in program or administration, on a state, regional or national level. To be eligible to receive this award, the nominee must have received the Missouri chapter Distinguished Service Award and needs to have been at least five years after receiving the award. (Must be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi.)
Administrative Leadership Award
Recognizes an Extension professional who has shown noteworthy administrative enthusiasm, performance, and accomplishment during their extension career (10 years or more). This award recognizes the candidate's work in meeting the needs and furthering the efforts of supervised faculty, staff and/or program. Administrative leadership may be at county, regional, chapter, program, department, or national level. (Must be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi.)
Recognizes an extension professional whose significant accomplishments have resulted in leading extension forward in new directions. This person’s visionary leadership should have enabled extension to anticipate a significant new opportunity and developed support to implement program organizational changes necessary to achieve success. (Must be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi.)
International Service Award
Recognizes an extension professional who has contributed significantly to the development and/or expansion of an extension program in another country or countries through in-state and/or overseas work. (Must be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi.)
Diversity Multicultural Award (Individual and Team)
Recognizes an extension professional OR team of professionals who have demonstrated outstanding efforts and accomplishments in developing, achieving and sustaining extension programs and/or audiences in our diverse and multicultural society. Nominations should show understanding, valuing and celebrating differences among people relative to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status and sexual orientation. (List is not all-inclusive and not limited to those mentioned.)
The diversity/multicultural program must have been implemented in the past three years and addressed significant diversity/multicultural issues for a period of at least one year. The individual or team demonstrates collaborative and innovative efforts to attract and reach diverse and/or multicultural audiences and utilized creative and unique strategies to market or publicize programming to reach diverse and/or targeted audiences. Efforts were above and beyond affirmative action program requirements. (At least 50% of the team members eligible for Epsilon Sigma Phi membership must be Epsilon Sigma Phi members whose dues are paid for the current year and previous year by February 1.)
Meritorious Support Service Award
Recognizes university or extension state or regional support staff or paraprofessionals who have significantly supported extension professionals or programs for a sustained period. (Recipient does not have to be an Epsilon Sigma Phi member.)
Distinguished Team Award
Recognizes outstanding efforts of an extension staff team (two or more individuals) for responding to and incorporating into a specific educational program one or more critical issues. Critical issues may be defined by local, regional, state or national need. (At least 50% of the team members eligible for Epsilon Sigma Phi membership must be Epsilon Sigma Phi members whose dues are paid for the current year and previous year by February 1.)
Retiree Service Award
Recognizes continuing contributions and outstanding service by a retired Extension professional to their professional field or their community since retirement. (Must be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi.)
Friend of Extension Award
This is the highest award presented to a non-extension (lay) person and is designed to recognize truly outstanding support and personal involvement in Extension efforts over a period of time. Contributions may be of a general nature or specific to 4-H/Youth Development, Human Environmental Sciences, Business/Industry, Agriculture, Community/Public Sector or Continuing Education. An endorsement letter of support from the state Extension Director must be included with the nomination. (Recipient does not have to be an Epsilon Sigma Phi member.)