Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

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Distinguished Service Award (Chapter / National by Region) 

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Distinguished Service Recognition (Chapter)

Designed to pay the highest chapter tribute to an experienced Extension professional who has consistently exhibited continuing leadership and excellence in Extension program planning, delivery, evaluation, in program and/or administration over a career of 20 or more years. Data supporting measurable impacts of the candidate's work in meeting needs of clientele will strengthen the nomination.

  • National guidelines allow each ESP chapter to present one such recognition for each 150 members (Active +Life) or fraction thereof, to ESP members whose dues are paid for the previous year and the current year (by February 1).
  • Specific criteria for nomination, balloting, and presentation at the chapter level are developed by each chapter.
  • All Chapter Distinguished Service recognition recipients who were selected between May 1 (previous calendar year) and April 30 (current calendar year) will be recognized during the National ESP Conference Recognition Event.
  • One Chapter Distinguished Service Recognition recipient will be considered for regional recognition; nominee must complete an online Distinguished Service Recognition Award Application that must be submitted to the ESP Executive Director by March 1 and their name must be included on the National Recognition Nomination form found on the ESP website.
  • An editable/ printable Chapter Recognition Certificate (download from Chapter Resources) can be prepared and signed by chapter leadership. ESP certificate seals are available for purchase from the ESP Store.

Distinguished Service Recognition (National by Region)

Gives national recognition to an experienced Extension professional who has consistently exhibited continuing leadership, initiative, and excellence in Extension program planning, delivery, evaluation in program or administration, on a state or regional level, over a career of 20 or more years. Data supporting measurable impacts of the candidate's work in meeting needs of clientele will strengthen the nomination.

  • Nominee must be current or previous chapter recipient.
  • Nominee must complete an online Distinguished Service Award Application and must be included on the National Recognition Nomination Form to be considered.
  • One nominee per chapter per year.
  • One recognition per region per year to ESP members whose dues are paid for the previous year and the current year (by February 1).
  • Chapters cast a single vote for the nominees from their region, votes will be weighted based on the number of delegates the chapter has for the National Council Meeting.
  • The recognition is presented to the regional recipients during the National ESP Conference Recognition Event. All members who were submitted for consideration as regional recipients will also be recognized.



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