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Awards available

Annual Teamwork Award

Recognizes University of Missouri and Lincoln University campus and regional faculty and professional staff members who have collaborated on an interdisciplinary or cross-campus team to develop, implement and evaluate a specific educational response to a specific need.

Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award

The Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership in providing educational programs that support the economic viability of Missouri firms.

C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship


Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award

The Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a University of Missouri Extension faculty member for planning, conducting and evaluating one extension educational activity conducted this past year.

Community Development Extension Endowment

Provides support for activities that enhance community development in University of Missouri Extension, with special emphasis on professional development.

County Clerical Staff Recognition Awards

Recognize council-paid support staff members for outstanding performance.

County Program Director Excellence Award

To recognize sustained distinguished performance and educational contributions to University of Missouri Extension and clientele by a county program director.

Dr. Ronald J. Turner Endowment Global Education Award

The Ronald J. Turner Endowment Fund is established in honor of Turner's decade of service as the executive vice president for outreach and extension and director of cooperative extension at the University of Missouri. This endowment will be awarded each year to a faculty or staff member within University of Missouri Extension to support global education opportunities. The annual award is funded from a permanent endowment created with contributions from Turner's faculty, staff, colleagues and friends. The award may be used to assist in funding exchanges to Ireland, South Africa, Thailand, Costa Rica or other locations as requested.

A stable, well-trained workforce is necessary to ensure program quality and sustainability. University of Missouri Extension will strengthen efforts that will result in workforce diversity and retention. The goal is to ensure that the workplace climate affords a flexible, safe learning organization where employees are empowered and motivated to attain the greatest levels of success.

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)

National fraternity for extension professionals, para-professionals, administrators and retirees. Provides additional leadership and professionalism development opportunities and networking with extension colleagues in other states.

Extension fellowships

Assist individual faculty and professional staff in continuing their professional development in support of the university outreach mission.

Gordon Warren Land-Grant Award

Recognizes someone who exemplifies the land-grant mission of the University of Missouri System and University Extension.

Missouri Association of Community and Economic Development Extension Professionals (MACEDEP)

Open to all MU Extension faculty and staff, MACEDEP encourages and supports the application of the principles of community resource development throughout the state. It is affiliated with the NACDEP (National Association of community Development Extension Professionals).

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Extension Business Award

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Extension Business Award recognizes faculty and professional staff members whose educational programming supports the economic viability of Missouri businesses.

Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding 4H Youth Specialist Award

The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding Specialist 4-H Award recognizes outstanding performance by a 4-H youth faculty member. Individuals must be nominated jointly by the county Farm Bureau Board and the county extension council.

Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding Agricultural Specialist Award

The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding Agriculture Specialist Award recognize outstanding performance by a regional agriculture faculty member. Individuals must be nominated jointly by the county Farm Bureau board and the county extension council.

Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding Human Environmental Sciences Specialist Award

The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding Specialist Awards recognize outstanding performance by a regional human environmental sciences faculty member. Individuals must be nominated jointly by the county Farm Bureau board and the county extension council.

Pat and Tom Buchanan Endowment Professional Development Award

Pat and Tom Buchanan believe in University of Missouri Extension. They have a desire to support the organization and a goal to see regional extension specialists enhance their knowledge and skills through professional development. Because of these key reasons, they have financed an endowment to create opportunities for regional extension specialists to strengthen their abilities to provide the people of Missouri with quality extension programs.

"We felt that providing this endowment would give extension faculty members an additional opportunity to enhance their skills. It is our way of giving something back to the organization that played an important role in our lives." –Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan worked for MU Extension for 30 years, starting as a county home economist and later working as a regional textile and apparel management specialist. Pat also worked as the sssistant to the director of cooperative extension and affirmative action coordinator. In 1994, she accepted a position as regional director with University of Illinois Cooperative Extension. She retired in 2002.

After 10 years as a contracting engineer in private industry, Tom Buchanan changed careers to become an extension business and industry specialist. He spent 24 years working for MU Extension and four years working with Illinois Cooperative Extension.

This award will be given each year to an MU Extension faculty member to support professional development opportunities. Because of Pat and Tom’s work with Human Environmental Sciences and Business Development, preference will be given to regional extension specialists in these areas.

Provost's Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty


Quarterly Teamwork Award

The Quarterly Teamwork Award recognizes University of Missouri Extension campus or regional faculty and staff members who have collaborated on teams of three members or more to develop, implement and evaluate a specific educational response to a specific need. In addition, teams may include members of the community who have made significant contributions to the success of the project or program.

The Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education


Vice Provost's Award for Outstanding Achievement - Off Campus

The Vice Provost's Award for Outstanding Achievement recognizes excellent performance by a University of Missouri or Lincoln University campus or regional faculty or a professional staff member in planning, conducting and evaluating a multiyear outreach program. This is an award for an individual.

Vice Provost's Award for Outstanding Achievement - On Campus

The Vice Provost's Award for Outstanding Achievement recognizes excellent performance by a University of Missouri or Lincoln University campus or regional faculty or a professional staff member in planning, conducting and evaluating a multiyear outreach program. This is an award for an individual.

Vice Provost’s Diversity Award

The Vice Provost’s Diversity Award recognizes individuals or groups providing leadership in the area of diversity. This may include excellence in programs or other initiatives.