Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

Recognition Awards:  Friend of Extension

Service Award Level: Chapter, National

To submit an application, click here.

Submit an Extension Director's Letter of Support, click here.

Friend of Extension Recognition Overview

This is the highest recognition presented by ESP to a non-Extension (lay) person, business or organization and is designed to recognize truly outstanding support and personal involvement in Extension efforts.

  • One nominee per chapter per year. 
  • The National ESP Board, in addition, to chapters may also make nominations.
  • Up to three national recognitions annually.
  • Scholarships, Grants and Recognition (SGR) Committee reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the National ESP Board for selection.
  • SGR Committee should strive to recognize recipients from different regions and from various categories (elected officials, Extension volunteer/lay leaders, professional / business leaders, businesses / organizations) with no more than two recipients from any one category.
  • The National ESP Board makes the final selection of recipients.
  • A statement of support from the Director of Extension in the state of the chapter making the nomination must be submitted using the online form at the top of this page.
  • General guidelines do not apply as directly to non-Extension persons. Concentrate on how the candidate uses expertise in a chosen field of work to enhance, broaden, and enrich Extension programs at the state, regional, and national levels.

Friend of Extension Award Categories

  • Elected official
  • Extension Volunteer/Lay Leader
  • Professional/Business leader
  • Businesses/Organizations

National Friend of Extension Nominations 

  • Nominations for Friends of Extension Recognition are submitted using the on-line form linked at the top of this page. 
  • General guidelines do not apply as directly to non-Extension persons. The person completing the nomination should concentrate on how the candidate uses expertise in a chosen field of work to enhance, broaden, and enrich Extension programs at the state, regional, and national levels.

National Friend of Extension Application

The Friend of Extension application is submitted online at the ESP National website and must include:

  1. The chapter that is offering the nomination
  2. The category for the nominee
  3. The name and email address of the individual making the nomination
  4. The specific relationships of the nominee to Extension (400 words maximum) 
    • Brief background of nominee
    • Describe candidate’s Involvement with Extension
    • Describe candidate’s personal efforts that support the Extension program
  5. The value of the contributions of the nominee (500 words maximum) 
    • Results of the major efforts on behalf of Extension
    • Value of the contribution to those who benefited from the effort
    • Describe the difference these efforts have made to the Extension program
  6. A narrative summary of the nominee for presentation (250 word maximum)   
  7. A statement of support from the Director of Extension (or her/his designee) in the state of the chapter making the nomination must be submitted (see link at the top of the page). Comments must be limited to 1000 words.  A letter may be attached to the online form in lieu of typing into the form directly. 

    • Describe the contributions the nominee has made to your Extension program 
    • Why you think the nominee is deserving of this recognition

National Judging Criteria  

The SGR committee will use the following judging criteria to assist in evaluating the Friend of Extension nominees for national recognition:

                Judging criteria

Scope of Work: background, Extension involvement, personal efforts

40 pts.

Impact: results, value, difference 

40 pts

Support Letter: contributions, why deserving? 

20 pts.



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