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Hall of Fame Award

Honoring extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff.

Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame inductees have a track record of exemplary service to 4-H or outstanding career and community achievement and were nominated by either county University of Illinois Extension staff or by the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board.

Several Illinois 4-H supporters have also been honored in the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

Meet one of our winners

William Chapin

Bill Chapin was a 10 years member in Randolph County Ohio, and since has been involved in 4-H in various roles in 3 different states. He has been an valued and active leader in Grundy County for 16 years. Although their children are grown, Bill and his wife serve on many of the extension committees and put in many hours at the fair. He has served as the Fair Superintendent, and has volunteered with the 4-H Fair Association, Master Showmanship, and Grundy County Friends of 4-H.

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Previous Winners

Nomination Process

Each and every county has outstanding volunteers that keep their 4-H programming running strong! Take this opportunity to honor one of them by suggesting them for the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame!

  1. Forms can be submitted by University of Illinois Extension staff only.
  2. Each unit may select one recipient per county.
  3. April 1st, the recipient will be mailed a letter from the Illinois 4-H Foundation congratulating them on being selected into the Hall of Fame. 
  4. **New in 2022, the medallions will be mailed to the counties by May 15 to allow for the local counties to present the medallion at a fair/event.
  5. Submit the bio as you would like to have it read during public events and also listed on the Illinois 4-H Foundation website. 
  6. You must provide a high quality digital photo (color preferred) of the inductee by May 1. The high quality head & shoulders digital photo should be emailed to us at:

Deadline for submission is March 1st.


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